The recently concluded Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa 2016 awarded excellence to some of the biggest names in the shipping and maritime industry. It was definitely a night of fun and excitement, with accolades flowing as freely as the wine being served.
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Inmarsat is set to roll out a Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution that was developed in partnership with Singtel and Trustwave. The cybersecurity solution has some amazing features, designed to address the growing number of cyber threats that know no boundaries.
Modern-day pirates may not wear an eye patch or wave a sword in your face, but they are more real and more dangerous than any of the fictional characters we’ve grown to love as children. Nothing about the sea pirates of today is lovable. The only thing they invoke is fear, and to anyone who’s become their victim – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Global sea levels are rising, and this possible catastrophic reality can be attributed to two rather major factors, and with many people in the world living within coastal towns and communities, the impact of these rising sea levels cannot be ignored.
New scientific research has found a strong correlation between the rising temperature of our seas and the astounding effect this is having on fish migration. In accordance with these new findings, it has become apparent that fish which normally thrive in the tropics are quickly migrating in an effort to discover cooler seas.
Climate change has had a startling effect on the rising temperatures of the oceans. Scientists predict that water temperatures will hit 1.4 – 5.8◦c by the end of the century. This change in the weather and ocean temperature is having a fundamental effect on the marine life that depends on it.
For years people have looked up at the sky and wondered what it would be like to travel into space. The possibility of colonising another planet is exciting and fills us with a sense of immeasurable awe. But what if we turned our eyes a little closer to home?
A recent study has highlighted a link between plankton and the staggering impact plastic pollution can have on the sea. A specific type of plankton, called zooplankton have been found to readily ingest microplastics. Rather than being digested, it is excreted in the plankton’s faecal pellets. As a consequence, the plastic waste produced by us, may end up in some of the deepest parts of the ocean, which has so far remained untouched by humans. This is bad news for marine wildlife.
Say the word pirate to anyone these days and many would automatically think of Captain Hook, arch nemesis of Peter Pan, or Johnny Depp donning the swaggers of Jack Sparrow swinging from ship masts brandishing a beautifully sculptured sword. These images are all well and good in the world of film and fantasy but in the real world, pirates do exist and their level of criminality is set on a more damaging and life threatening level.
Although it is a naturally occurring event, you’d be hard pressed not to be somewhat perplexed at the amount of reported whale strandings that have transpired since the beginning of 2016 in the United Kingdom and European shores. While an event of this nature is indeed mournful, it does leave us questioning how and why there seems to be a sudden surge of whales becoming marooned on our coasts.
Scarcely a day goes by without some claim or counterclaim in the climate change debate. Whether it is climate change skeptics claiming that the data is inaccurate, incomplete or simply biased, or environmentalists complaining about the powerful petrochemical lobby, the concerned reader is overwhelmed by the sheer mass of comment and accusations.