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Libya blocks oil exports from its ports

Following the theories that Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) ordered to cut the oil exports in the central and eastern regions, several major oil companies had no choice but to stop their operations. 

Crude oil loadings at Libya’s Zawiya Port continue after lifting of force majeure

Libyan National Oil Corporation declared a state of force majeure on crude oil loadings at Zawiya port beginning on July 20. This is because of an unlawful Sharara pipeline valve closure by an unidentified group between Hamada and the Zawiya port, suspending production. However, today (July 22), NOC announced that it lifted the force majeure.

NOC: Deep sea mining’s environmental impact lasts decades

The UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC) presented a study according to which the impacts of seabed mining on deep-sea ecosystems can last for decades. The scientists used a robot submarine to map and photograph as much as they could from the seafloor in fully detail. Tracks on the seafloor, as a result of mining operations, were still visible, whereas the negative effects on marine life were firstly observed in 1989.

New underwater robots successfully tested for Royal Navy

A new type of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) has been successfully tested off the Orkney Isles in northern Scotland during a marine robot demonstration coordinated by the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC).  The trial seeks to help the Royal Navy better understand how to deploy and operate marine autonomous systems.

Sea level expected to increase costing $14 trillion a year

An international research team from Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and the UK, published a new research in the scientific journal Nature Communications, saying that future global warming will lead to an increase in extreme sea levels, with flood risks to coastal infrastructure and human populations.

Euronav, INSW secure five-year contract for FSO projects

Euronav NV announced that the joint venture with International Seaways has signed a contract for five years with North Oil Company for the FSO Africa and FSO Asia, in direct continuation of the current contractual service. The floating storage platforms are both high specification and long duration assets with a potential trading life to 2032.

New autonomous underwater vehicle on first Antarctic mission

The National Oceanographic Center has announced that its Autosub Long Range is joining ocean scientists from the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey on an expedition to study some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth and how they affect climate change.

New study reveals deep-sea mining damage

National Oceanography Centre has published a new international study, which demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. It found clear impacts on marine ecosystems from deep-sea nodule mining activities, which lasted at least for decades.

UK robot mission is underway off northwest Scotland

A two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. This latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters. The mission comprises seven submarine gliders and three surface Wave Gliders that are working to collect a range of environmental data.

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