Latest Law of the sea Stories

2008-09-20 12:00:28

Text of report by Edwin Agola entitled "Magufuli hikes foreign trawler fees" published by Tanzanian newspaper The Guardian website on 20 September The government has increased fishing license fees for foreign vessels. Announcing the new rates in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the minister for livestock development and fisheries, John Magufuli, said foreign Pursen seiner vessels would now be paying 12,000 dollars for three months or 5,000 dollars per month instead of 16,000 dollars they were...

2008-09-19 00:00:16

Salvage work on the beached cargo vessel MSC Napoli out of Brixham has been suspended until spring in the face of 'treacherous' winter storms brewing. It is for the safety of workmen and to prevent any environmental damage to Lyme Bay's wildlife and coastline. Disposal work on the broken-up vessel, lying off Branscombe Beach, has been lucrative for the ship's agents in Brixham, from where offshore work crews have also been regularly ferried to the site off East Devon. A government...

2008-09-18 00:00:16

By David Wilcock All work on salvaging the remaining part of the MSC Napoli will be halted until next year because of bad weather, it was announced yesterday. All that remains of the vessel, which was grounded off East Devon, is the rusting stern section, which was expected to be removed by the end of October, marking the conclusion of an estimated pounds50 million salvage operation. However, the Secretary of State's representative for maritime salvage and intervention, Hugh Shaw, has...

2008-09-10 13:15:00

A new virtual simulator lets people operate their own virtual submersibles to explore hidden treasures at deep underwater archaeological sites. The Venus project team has generated 3D digital records of underwater European shipwrecks that can act as a permanent record of these sites. The team is debuting the simulator at the BA Science Festival in Liverpool. The Venus (Virtual Exploration of Underwater Sites) consortium has drawn on expertise from a wide range of disciplines - including...

2008-07-24 00:00:29

By Evangeline Majawat KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore's claims of territorial waters and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around Pedra Branca contravene the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) 1982, of which it is a signatory. All 156 states, including Malaysia and Singapore, who have signed and ratified the convention are legally bound to its principles. Established on Dec 10, 1982, Unclos is the international regime of law which governs all uses of the sea and its...

2008-06-25 15:02:53

By TIFFANY, Martin An Australia-based NGO is encouraging Pacific governments to take a closer look at the potential devastation of sea-bed mining. The Mineral Policy Institute is one of several groups raising concerns about Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals, which has carried out sea-bed test extractions in Papua New Guinea's exclusive economic zone. Nautilus is also starting explorations in Tonga, and has lodged exploration licence applications in Fiji and Solomon Islands. (c)...

2008-06-24 15:00:00

By RICHARD PYLE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK Jamaica Bay is a pristine waterway located within the only national park in New York City, a place where herring gulls pirouette overhead, Canada geese sail in naval formation in quiet coves and harbor seals frolic on the shoreline. But the beaches of Jamaica Bay are also home to something far less breathtaking: abandoned boats. At any time, scores of discarded boats dinghies, rowboats, runabouts, even the occasional barge litter the...

2008-06-15 21:00:08

By Evangeline Majawat THE Pedra Branca and Middle Rocks decision by the International Court of Justice has thrown the spotlight on previously unknown, and even uncared for, islands, shoals, rocks and other maritime features. Maritime Institute of Malaysia director-general Datuk Cheah Kong Wai and Research Fellow Capt Rakish Suppiah explain to EVANGELINE MAJAWAT just what ownership of these dots in the ocean means. Q: What are the international maritime laws which govern the seas?...

2007-08-26 12:13:24

By David Angier, The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. Aug. 26--The tugboat E.E. Simpson would come to rest on the sea floor as a harsh wind whipped the waves above her. She landed next to the schooner she was trying to rescue. "We were helpless and the tug was sinking fast," Capt. Bennie Rocheblave said in a newspaper interview in October 1929. "Darkness came to add to our danger." Now, state and local officials are trying to bring the ship's story to light by making it an underwater...

2007-08-10 07:40:02

The detection of emergency beacons will be greatly improved by the introduction of Europe's satellite positioning system, Galileo. The Galileo satellites will carry transponders to relay distress signals to search and rescue organisations. In connection with this, representatives of the Galileo project attended the recent 21st annual Joint Committee Meeting of COSPAS-SARSAT, the international programme for satellite-aided search and rescue. The partners in Galileo are committed to developing...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'