Flashback in maritime history – SS Koombana disappearing during a tropical cyclone on 20 March 1912

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The SS Koombana was a late Edwardian-era passenger, cargo and mail carrying steamship. From March 1909 to March 1912, she operated coastal liner services between Fremantle, Western Australia and various ports in the northwest of that State. She is best known for disappearing at an unknown location north of Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a…

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IMO – precautionary approach toward Geoengineering

  (www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO issued a news release urging a precautionary approach toward methodologies that involve deliberate large-scale manipulation of the environment in attempts to moderate climate change. Adding iron or other nutrients into the oceans to enhance natural processes to draw carbon from the atmosphere and creating foams which float on the surface of…

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Guidelines for the monitoring and assessment of plastic litter in the ocean

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) has been involved in the issue of marine plastic litter and microplastics for over a decade. Initially interest was focussed on microplastics. The principle purpose of this report is to provide recommendations, advice and practical guidance, for establishing programmes to…

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Flashback in maritime history – Supertanker TORREY CANYON grounding and oil spill 18 Mar 1967

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On the world stage, the grounding of the supertanker TORREY CANYON on Pollard’s Rock in the Seven Stones reef between Cornwall and the Scilly Isles is more significant than the 1989 EXXON VALDEZ oil spill. The TORREY CANYON was one of the first tankers large enough (120,000 tons capacity) to be designated a supertanker. It…

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