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UK Charters Freight Ferries to Ease Brexit-Related Congestion

The UK government has chartered new ro/ro capacity from operators Seaborne Freight, DFDS and Brittany Ferries in order to prepare for shipping bottlenecks stemming from what looks like an increasingly likely "no-deal Brexit." The contracts are worth up to $140 million, and they will cover transport for an additional 4,000 trucks per week in and out of the ports of Portsmouth, Plymouth, Ramsgate and Poole, according to the BBC. Read more “UK Charters Freight Ferries to Ease Brexit-Related Congestion”

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Winds of Change

Tugboat operations in the U.S. haven’t changed much in decades. Long-established companies – often family-owned – see little reason to change in a sector that, by and large, works effectively and provides vital links in America’s complex supply chain. Read more “Winds of Change”

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Norway’s Government Invests $700 Million in Ocean Research Labs

Long before oil was found in the North Sea in 1969, Norway has lived off the ocean and its resources. Now, the Norwegian government has said it is willing to allocate up to NOK 6 billion for the construction of new ocean research laboratories in Trondheim, Ålesund and on Hitra/Frøya. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, came to Trondheim on 7 December to announce the decision. Read more “Norway’s Government Invests $700 Million in Ocean Research Labs”

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Secretary Mattis Ends His Tenure at the Department of…

In a final farewell message, outgoing Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis (USMC, ret'd.) called on the U.S. military to defend the Constitution and work alongside America's allies. On December 21, Mattis resigned in protest following the Trump administration's decision to draw down troop levels in Syria and Afghanistan. Mattis initially scheduled his departure for February 28, but President Donald Trump dismissed him two months early, reportedly in response to the contents of Mattis' resignation letter. Read more “Secretary Mattis Ends His Tenure at the Department of Defense”