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May-July 2018 was the warmest period ever for the US

The heat was hard to beat around the US last month, making it the 11th warmest July on record. Meanwhile, the sweltering temperatures the last three months brought the warmest May through July on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

EMSA: Key figures from marine casualties in Q2 2018

EMSA issued key figures of marine casualties reported to EMCIP (European Marine Casualty Information Platform) for the second quarter of 2018. The charts reveal a drop in overall occurrences reported, both compared to the previous quarter of 2018, as well as to same period in 2017.

Digitalization driving value in container transport

In a report published earlier in 2018, TT Club and McKinsey look at the future of containerised trade though 2043, how value can be created and who the ‘winners’ could be within the industry. The report examines two potential future digital scenarios, one of which is termed ‘Digital reinvention’.

Lifejacket could have saved 13 people drowned in 2017

13 people, who drowned in 2017, might be alive today if they had been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, according to this year’s Casualty Review Panel. The panel meets annually to discuss the previous year’s appropriate maritime fatalities and whether those who died might have survived had they been wearing a lifejacket.

Infographic: How to mitigate fatigue in fishing sector

Fatigue is a main problem for commercial fishing, often the cause of devastating and sometimes even fatal accidents. In the latest issue of its Lookout publication, Maritime New Zealand shared an infographic citing the key causes of fatigue in fishing sector and best practices when there is struggle to sleep at sea.

Infographic: Managing worries at sea

Many of the things that cause stress for seafarers aren’t things that can be changed, like being away from home for extended periods. In their recent ‘Managing Stress and Sleeping Well at Sea’ guide, ISWAN and Shipowners Club provide a useful infographic for managing worries at sea.

Coral bleaching can hit Great Barrier Reef every two years by 2034

The Great Barrier Reef could be hit with repeat coral bleaching events every two years by 2034 under current greenhouse gas pollution rates, according to a new report by Climate Council, revealing that accelerating climate change has driven a 54% increase in the number of marine heatwave days each year.

First half of 2018 was the 4th warmest ever for the planet

Persistent warm temperatures around the world last month made for the 5th warmest June ever and the first half of the year the 4th warmest for the planet, according to NOAA’s monthly analysis. The average global temperature in June was 1.35 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees.

Africa’s energy consumption to increase but won’t surpass China, India

In its International Energy Outlook for 2018, EIA forecasts that Africa’s manufacturing sector and industrial energy consumption will increase because of possible regional competitive advantages. However, Africa’s energy consumption per capita lags behind the other two regions that the report examines: China and India. 

Piracy danger continues in Gulf of Guinea, IMB says

The ICC International Maritime Bureau published its second quarterly report. The report says that 107 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first six months of 2018. In addition, all 2018 crew kidnappings have taken place in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents.

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