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Watch: Exxon Mobil plant on fire

Sources report that about 66 people suffered minor injuries when the fire broke out on July 31, at a massive ExxonMobil plant in Texas. Allegedly, the fire broke out at a polypropylene recovery unit where plastic is purified for production.

Watch: How inland waterways support US shippers

As part of its effort to help educate audiences about the inland waterways’ contribution to US economy, the Waterways Council released a series of short videos to inform of how these waterways support national freight shippers, agriculture, the labor community, the Corps of Engineers, and building communities. 

Watch: Smuggling ship sunk as an artificial reef off Florida

The 180-foot long cargo freighter ‘Voici Bernadette’ was sunk as an artificial reef about 11 miles southeast of the Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida. The US Customs and Border Patrol donated the freighter to St. Lucie County, after seizing it for smuggling cocaine into Miami from Haiti.

Watch: Russia, US blame each other for almost colliding

The US Navy released two videos showing that while operating in the Philippine Sean a Russian destroyer (Udaloy I DD 572) made an unsafe maneuver against USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to ~50-100 feet. The incident took place at approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019.

Watch: US, China talk regarding enhanced Indo-Pacific security

US Acting Secretary for Defense, Patrick M. Shanahan, revealed the US plan regarding the Indo-Pacific security, during the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Mr. Shanahan presented the key aspects of the Department of Defense’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Report, which was released on June 1.

Watch: Barges break loose, hit dam on Arkansas River

Two unmanned barges broke loose Wednesday night from their mooring site in the Port of Muskogee, staying adrift for several hours on the swollen Arkansas River, Oklahoma, before they crashed into a dam, Thursday. The barges were carrying about 3,800 pounds of phosphate fertilizer between them.

Watch: Vessels break free of moorings due to heavy rainfall and ice flow

The city of Troy in New York published a video depicting several unmanned boats and vessels pass beneath the Troy-Menands Bridge on the Hudson River. The vessels broke free of their moorings on Friday, January 25, because of heavy rainfall and ice flow on the Hudson River. One of them, a river cruise boat, broke its moorings and drifted downstream, hitting a bridge and wedging itself under another in Albany.

Watch: US-China tension listed as the second top risk for 2019

In its latest annual forecast, Eurasia marked the US-China tensions at the second place of the top risks the world will have to encounter in 2019. Despite the temporary halt of tariff escalation announced at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires last month, Eurasia remains ‘concerned about the world’s most important bilateral relationship’.

Watch: Cyber threat among the top risks for 2019

Eurasia Group issued its annual forecast of the top political risks that are most likely to arise this year, listing cyber threat at the third place. Cyber threat in business, including shipping, has gained increased attention as an issue in the past year.

Watch: How the oil market is changing

In this video, IEA explains how the oil markets are changing. With developing economies now contesting for more demand, they will account for all of the growth in oil consumption by 2040 and over 80% in gas use. What is more, global oil production is continuing its increase fueled by the transport sectors and petrochemicals.

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