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Cyber attack hits Cosco’s operations in US

Cosco’s operations in the US were hit by a cyber-attack on Tuesday, July 24. As a result its daily operations in the US were affected. The company’s operations outside the US are not affected, according to reports, while terminal operations are continuing their operations unaffected.

US to accelerate review process for LNG projects

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration along with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding, in order to refine and reduce the permit application review process for LNG facilities.

Salvage operation of sunken duck boat successfully completed

Salvage operations, coordinated by ‘Ride the Ducks’ and overseen by the US Coast Guard, successfully removed the sunken duck boat that was located off the stern of the Showboat Branson Belle on Monday July 23. USCG and NTSB will continue their investigations into how ‘Stretch Duck 7’ sank.

Death toll from sunken ‘duck boat’ increases to 17

When the duck boat ‘Ride of the Ducks’ sank last week due to a storm, initial estimations were saying that 13 people have drowned. However, divers recovered the last bodies from the boat, raising the number to 17 dead. In addition, the vessel’s black box was also discovered and is being prepared to be examined.

Internet infrastructure in US coast at risk due to rising sea level

Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the US may soon be overflown by rising seas, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Oregon. The most susceptible US cities are New York, Miami and Seattle.

Court dismisses New York’s lawsuit against major oil companies

In the beginning of the year, New York sued five major oil companies. Namely, it demanded ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips to pay for the cost of protecting the city from the arising threat that the climate change poses. However, a New York federal judge dismissed the city’s complain.

13 die as ‘duck boat’ sinks due to storm

At least 13 people have drowned after a tourist ‘duck boat’ sank during a storm on a lake in Missouri. As Missouri Governor Michael Parson informed, authorities are continuing the search for other missing victims. Seven victims, including two who were critically injured, were being treated at the Cox Medical Center in Branson.

New crude oil export terminal to be built at Texas

Enterprise Products Partners is planning to build an offshore crude oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast. The terminal would be able of loading Very Large Crude Carriers, which have capacities of approximately 2 million barrels. The project could include about 80 miles of 42-inch diameter pipeline to an offshore terminal capable of loading and exporting crude oil at approximately 85,000 barrels per hour.

EU announces measures for protection against US tariffs

The European Commission announced provisional safeguard measures regarding imports of a number of steel products. These measures address the diversion of steel from other countries to the EU market as a result of the recently imposed US tariffs. The  measures will come into effect on 19 July.

$15 billion worth of cargo transported in Great Lakes – St. Lawrence

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation published its 2018 study of the economic impacts of shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region. According to the  report, cargo moved on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System in 2017, totaled 143.5 million metric tons valued at US$15.2 billion/C$19.8 billion. 

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