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    A blueprint for future attacks Reported by Daily Caller 18 hours ago.

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    With Daypack, Solgaard has a goal to remove 100 million pounds of plastic from the oceans in the next 5 years

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) October 23, 2018

    Today, Solgaard introduces the first product in their newest line of backpacks, made from recovered ocean plastics. Daypack is the world’s first laptop backpack manufactured with recycled plastics found in ocean. Each backpack preserves ocean life and keeps the planet clean – removing 5 lbs of ocean trash for each bag made. The first batch of plastic is being collected from the Maldives, with their secondary cleanups to take place in the Philippines – the third worst country in ocean-bound plastic pollution. Like its predecessors, Lifepack and The Hustle Collection, today, the Daypack is launching on Kickstarter in the hopes of raising $25,000 to move closer towards its manufacturing phase.

    Oceans and sea life are currently considered to be in a global crisis due to the excessive waste and littering of plastic products. According to oceanconservancy.com, “Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our ocean, on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments, whether by errant plastic bags or plastic straws winding their way into gutters, or large amounts of mismanaged plastic waste streaming from rapidly growing economies.” Broken down – that’s 30,000lbs per minute. The team behind Solgaard Design developed their Ocean Series products with one goal in mind: to create eco-friendly products that raise awareness about the harmful environmental effects of plastic waste and integrate biodegradable, recyclable materials into their design.

    “This love of travel and the sea is in my genes,” explained Founder Adrian Solgaard. “Being an explorer at heart means you care about discovering the planet, therefore you must care about its longevity. It’s my goal to discover the planet while making solutions ensuring we take care of it long term.”

    Daypack features drop-proof laptop storage as the bag’s strong layer of padding on all four sides will keep any device safe. Daypack’s four secret pockets keep smaller possessions, like a phone, wallet or passport, concealed at all times.

    Daypack starts at just $64 and is available in two color options: Stealth black and Maldivian blue, providing consumers with the opportunity to match their personal style with ease. To learn more or to place a pre-order, visit http://pr.go2.fund/daypack.

    About Solgaard Design

    Solgaard Design was launched in 2016, when Lifepack, the Solar Powered and Anti-Theft backpack, took off on Kickstarter - which went on to raise 1.2 million dollars in crowdfunding. In 2017, the company launched The Hustle Collection through Kickstarter as well. In 2017, Solgaard Design also brought HEX watches and the Carry-on Closet Suitcase to life through their website http://www.Solgaard.co. Reported by PRWeb 17 hours ago.

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    Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships El Coqui and Taino have received international acclaim with the Shoreside Team of the Year Award during the Safety at Sea Awards ceremony held by Safety at Sea International magazine recently in London.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (PRWEB) October 23, 2018

    Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships El Coquí and Taíno have received international acclaim with the Shoreside Team of the Year Award during the Safety at Sea Awards ceremony held by Safety at Sea International magazine recently in London.

    According to the publication, which is published by the international business information and analytics firm IHS Markit headquartered in London, this award recognizes actions or intervention that have been notable or gone beyond the call of duty. Judges said the award category required “collaboration and co-operation, blended with commitment to safety … and the winner has excelled in all.”

    Specifically, Crowley was honored for the design, development and construction of its two new Commitment Class, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ConRo ships and the terminals that serve them. The project is part of a $550 million investment modernizing and enhancing the company’s end-to-end supply chain solutions, featuring vessels running on cleaner fuel that are first in their class. In addition, the company spearheaded innovations at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including new cranes, a 900-foot new pier and enhanced terminal operations that speed cargo in and out. In Jacksonville, a unique LNG Fuel Depot is operating at JAXPORT, providing dependable bunkering.

    “This was a joint effort of hundreds of shoreside and sailing mariners,” said Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley SHIPPING. “Transitioning vessels from concept into an operating status takes the right people, and this was carefully done by individually selecting each superintendent and crew member.”

    “Ensuring our staff had the necessary tools to safely operate these complex vessels was key. We assigned operating personnel to the yard team well ahead of equipment installation and commissioning. Operating engineers established inventory and maintenance system requirements. Crowley provided over 40 hours of online training to meet company and regulatory familiarization for operating personnel shoreside and onboard. We also provided weeks of classroom training specific to LNG operations. The team was also committed to building strong relationships with our partners and local, state and federal authorities to make this program safe and successful,” said Crowley's Cole Cosgrove, vice president, global ship management.

    As part of the training curriculum for these industry-defining LNG-powered vessels, Crowley developed programs to train mariners and shoreside personnel on main and auxiliary engine operation and maintenance, programmable logic controller training, electrical certification for hazardous spaces, deck and engine officer skills assessments, development of vessel specific training videos for special operations like deployment of the vessel stern ramp and introduction to Crowley’s Safety Management System, corporate goals and values, all of which are the basis of the company’s safety culture program, “Leading One Crowley.”

    El Coquí and Taíno, are among the world’s first ConRos powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ships are dedicated to the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico cargo trade and have a cruising speed of 22 knots. The vessels can carry about 2,400 containers in a wide range of sizes and types – including 53-foot by 102-inch-wide, high-capacity containers and refrigerated containers. Within the ships is an enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight Ro/Ro deck that can protectively carry cars and larger vehicles. This type of shipboard garage is offered exclusively by Crowley in the trade.

    For more on the ground-breaking new Commitment Class ships and terminal investments, visit Crowley's special microsite here.

    Crowley’s Global Ship Management team was also awarded the Crew of the Year award for MV National Glory, a containership managed by Crowley and owned by National Shipping of America, LLC.

    Judges for the award determined that the crew of National Glory, demonstrated their incredible teamwork and commitment to ensure the cargo vessel they worked on could deliver goods for recovery efforts in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico.

    “Crowley crewmembers aboard MV National Glory have shown leadership and continued focus on safety over the past 12 months as they prepared the vessel for one of the busiest times in the vessel’s U.S. flag history - assisting in the recovery of Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria,” said Cosgrove. “The vessel has gone over six years without a lost time incident. Her crew lives the Crowley goals of safe and reliable operations with Zero Harm to People, the Environment or Property.”

    “Dodging three hurricanes in just over three weeks, the skilled crew of the National Glory diligently navigated key supplies to our families and friends that live in Puerto Rico. Full marks deservedly go to the crew of the National Glory for their courageous efforts,” said Tony Presti, president, National Shipping.

    About Crowley
    Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 126-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides marine solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets. Crowley operates under four business units: Crowley LOGISTICS, a singular ocean liner and logistics supply chain division; Crowley SHIPPING, which encompasses ownership, operations and management of vessels, including tankers, container ships, tugboats and barges; Crowley FUELS, a fuel transportation, distribution and sales division that also provides liquefied natural gas (LNG) and related services; and Crowley SOLUTIONS, which focuses on government services, including vessel management for government agencies, as well as engineering, project management, naval architecture through its subsidiary Jensen Maritime, and marine salvage and emergency response through its 50 percent ownership in Ardent Global. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found at http://www.crowley.com.

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    Marine archaeologists have discovered the intact shipwreck of an ancient Greek trading ship on the floor of the Black Sea. The vessel is thought to be the oldest ever to be found in one piece. Reported by Deutsche Welle 16 hours ago.

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    KEMP, Texas, Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with extensive experience in the industrial lighting and equipment sector, announced the release of a single-phase buck and boost step-down transformer with high efficiency and reliability. This transformer comes with a 14.7 KVA rating, primary voltage of 240 AC using a maximum of 6.2 amps and a secondary voltage of 208 AC using up to 70.8 amps.The MT-BBT-240V-208V-70.8A is a durable step-down transformer with a core made from non-aging, cold-rolled silicon steel laminations, which is coated to prevent moisture accumulation. The winding in this unit is made of high-quality magnetic copper for improved performance and has been electrically balanced which minimizes any axial force during short circuiting if such a situation occurs. However, this unit has close tolerances that eliminate burs, and is encapsulated in silica and resin with a NEMA 3R-painted steel enclosure, both features that help improve performance and the life of the electrical equipment.

    The single-phase transformer is highly energy efficient with low heat emissions. The unit can be mounted on the wall or floor and features a 180°C insulation with a 115°C temperature rise. This transformer is ideal for indoor or outdoor use and has an isolated power source for added safety and protection against equipment failure. Ideal applications include air conditioners, heating elements, lighting systems, motor applications and any situations where additional power at higher voltages is needed.

    “Buck and boost step down transformers are efficient, cost saving and very reliable,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics LLC. “Since they direct most of the load voltage right through the transformer, this equates to a smaller and quieter unit that requires less energy to power – a win for operators and the environment.”

    *About Larson Electronics LLC: *Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.

    *For further information, please contact:*
    Rob Bresnahan, *President and CEO 
    *Toll-free: 1-888-351-2363
    Int'l: 214-616-6180
    Fax: 903-498-3364
    E-mail: sales@larsonelectronics.com

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at:
    http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0b50e821-7e9d-4129-8d42-2d186f4a5a35 Reported by GlobeNewswire 14 hours ago.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a wide-ranging bill to improve the nation's water infrastructure, including a Florida project intended to reduce toxic algae blooms that have devastated coastal marine life and emptied... Reported by New Zealand Herald 15 hours ago.

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    President Donald Trump has signed a bill intended to reduce toxic algae blooms that have devastated coastal marine life and emptied beaches in Florida. Reported by cbs4.com 14 hours ago.

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  • 10/23/18--14:07: Ship traffic, October 24
  • Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT Aegean Leader Long Beach BNC African Swan Barbers Point, Hawaii RWC Cape Kortia Los Angeles OAK CMA CGM G. Washington Los Angeles OAK Eastern Asia Zhenjiang, China SCK Grand Princess Cabo San Lucas, Mexico SFO Horizon Pacific Honolulu OAK Mahimahi Honolulu OAK Due to depart today SHIP TO PORT Aargau Port Unknown SAC Brussels Bridge Tokyo OAK CSCL Bohai Sea Xingang, China OAK Eurodam Port Unknown SFO Global Trinity Tsukumi, Japan SFO Grand Princess Hilo, Hawaii SFO Hyundai Hongkong Busan, South Korea OAK MOL Brightness Xingang, China OAK NYK Deneb Los Angeles OAK Source: S.F. Marine Exchange Reported by SFGate 14 hours ago.

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    Clyde marine hub 'could create 1,000 jobs' on derelict site Malin Group wants to establish a marine engineering hub on a derelict site in West Dunbartonshire. Reported by BBC News 12 hours ago.

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    We are delighted to inform you that the United States Marine Corps drew penis in the sky. 

    Marine Corps spokesperson Josef Patterson confirmed that the phallic flight was indeed mapped out by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, telling Veteran news site Task and Purpose that the branch has "opened an investigation that is underway as we speak." 

    "More to follow soon," he said. 



    Somebody needs to have a word with the crew of US Navy T-34C 160937 SHUTR91 out of MCAS Miramar 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/WgrgkKzRln

    — Aircraft Spots (@AircraftSpots) October 23, 2018



    SEE ALSO: 'Soulcalibur 6' character creator can be used to give everyone gigantic penises Read more...

    More about Twitter, Planes, Penis, Culture, and Web Culture Reported by Mashable 12 hours ago.

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    No more deadlines. Military spouses can now apply for scholarships throughout the year to support their educational and professional advancement.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (PRWEB) October 23, 2018

    The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen military families, is now accepting applications for its Military Spouse Scholarships program on a year-round basis.

    "When military members serve, spouses serve, too." NMFA Executive Director Joyce Wessel Raezer said. "They're mom, dad, teacher, taxi driver, chef, even caregiver. Most sacrifice their own education and career aspirations to put their family's needs first. They're the true home front heroes, and we're honored to support them every day of the year."

    Military spouse Emily Yancey knows that sacrifice. As caregiver to her husband, who is 100% disabled from military service, Emily has often put her own ambitions aside to meet her family's needs.

    "I woke up and realized I didn’t have a dream," Emily said. "I always told myself I didn’t need to go to school because I never wanted to take money away from the things my family needed."

    Emily received a scholarship from NMFA and pursued a certification in culinary arts. She now has a career that enables her to contribute to her family. With the new, rolling deadline, NMFA's scholarships will be awarded to spouses like Emily throughout the year.

    NMFA's Military Spouse Scholarships can be used for a variety of educational and professional advancement opportunities, including degrees, certifications, licensures, CEU’s, professional exams and other related expenses, such as fingerprinting and background check fees, and more.

    Military spouse business owners can also apply for funding. Scholarships can be used for direct sales buy-ins, inventory and merchandise, business marketing, branding, manufacturing, supplies, permits, or additional entrepreneurial pursuits.

    Spouses with a valid military ID can apply for NMFA's Military Spouse Scholarships here: https://scholarships.militaryfamily.org/offers/nmfa-spouse-scholarship/

    About the National Military Family Association
    The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, veteran, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit http://www.MilitaryFamily.org Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.

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    Dolphins Have Trouble Communicating Because Humans Make Too Much Noise The oceans are not as quiet below the surface as you might think. In fact, natural processes and human activity generate significant amounts of underwater noise which can make it more difficult for marine animals, such as dolphins, to communicate, Newsweek reports. Now a team of researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Cornell University found that dolphins in the Western North Atlantic modified their whistle calls in response to high noise levels caused by ships, possibly hindering their ability to talk to teach other. Previous research has indicated that increased ambient noise levels may hinder the perception of acoustic signals (known as masking)... Reported by WorldNews 10 hours ago.

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    Last month’s near-collision between the US warship Decatur and a Chinese warship is only the most recent in a series of near misses between their warships and warplanes in and over the South China Sea.  The most serious was the 2001 collision between a Chinese fighter jet and a US surveillance plane resulting in the loss of the Chinese jet and its pilot and the emergency landing on Hainan and the detention of the US plane and its crew.   This incident was followed by many others such as those involving the Bowditch (2001), the Impeccable (2009), the Cowpens (2013) , and several Poseiden 8As (20014,2015 and 2018). https://www.nbr.org/publication/foreign-military-activities-in-asian-eezs-conflict-ahead/

    Now the US Navy is proposing a major show of force in the Taiwan Strait and against China’s claims and actions in the South China Sea. Given this history and the current context of deteriorating US- China relations across the board, this could result in military confrontation and even conflict.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2166910/us-navy-plans-major-show-strength-south-china-sea-warning

    A series of similar dangerous military incidents between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was a stimulus for their 1972 ground breaking Agreement on the Prevention of Incidents on and over the High Seas (INCSEA) https://www.state.gov/t/isn/4791.htm

    The US-Soviet incidents in the 1960’s involved dangerously close encounters between war planes, war ships shouldering one another, and both ships and aircraft undertaking threatening movements against their counterparts.  The U.S. proposed talks on preventing such incidents from becoming more serious.  The resulting INCSEA agreement supposedly serves to “enhance mutual knowledge and understanding of military activities; to reduce the possibility of conflict by accident, miscalculation, or the failure of communication; and to increase stability in times of both calm and crisis”.  INCSEA agreements have subsequently been negotiated between Russia and South Korea, Russia and Japan, and Malaysia and Indonesia.

    The US –Soviet INCSEA was followed in 1989 by an Agreement on the Prevention of Dangerous Military Activities that established a high level forum similar to that provided by the INCSEA to focus on ways to avoid confrontation because of such activities over land and in 12 nautical mile territorial waters. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Prevention_of_Dangerous_Military_Activities_Agreement

    But there are of course significant differences between the then Soviet Union – and China.  China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy – – unlike the former Soviet navy – – is not yet a blue water force with global reach and responsibilities.  But that is its ambition and it may soon be achieved.  Another difference is that the US-Soviet INCSEA agreement was a product of a Cold War.  To enter such an agreement would enhance the perception that the U.S. and China are entering a Cold War.  But perhaps they are. http://www.atimes.com/are-the-us-and-china-on-the-brink-of-a-cold-war/

    Despite these differences a fundamental similarity is that “the prospect of a minor accident escalating into an act of war between nuclear powers was something that worried knowledgeable authorities then, just as it should worry decision makers in China and the United States now.”  It is in neither’s interest to have a mistake or a miscalculation at sea trigger an unwanted political crisis. https://studylib.net/doc/8845597/us-china-maritime-confidence-building

    The U.S. has not offered to discuss an INCSEA with China. But the two do have a 1998 Military Maritime Consultative Agreement (MMCA) and it was hoped that such consultations might eventually lead to an INCSEA agreement.  But the MMCA has so far been little more than an agreement “to talk about talking,” and worse, did not prevent nor resolve the 2001 US-China aircraft collision and subsequent incidents. https://www.chinausfocus.com/peace-security/why-the-china-us-mil-to-mil-framework-is-and-isnt The U.S. and China also have a series of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and a Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) that set out agreed  guidelines for the conduct of their respective ships and aircraft operating near each other.   https://thediplomat.com/2014/11/the-us-china-mou-on-air-and-maritime-encounters/; http://www.jag.navy.mil/distrib/instructions/CUES_2014.pdf

    But contrary to the earlier US-Soviet Agreements which used binding, obligatory language like “shall”  and are considered binding international law, the MMCA, the US-China MOUs and CUES are both explicitly voluntary and framed with optional language like “should” and “may.”  For example, one MOU’s language dealing with unsafe aircraft intercepts leaves it up to the pilots involved to determine what constitutes “professional airmanship” and “safe separation”. Given this ambiguity,  what the U.S. perceives as “unsafe and unprofessional” Chinese intercepts of its surveillance flights are seen by China as professional and appropriate.

    Another argument against a US-China INCSEA is that the US-Soviet INCSEA was not very effective and it did not prevent deliberate incidents.  It is true that it did not stop such incidents all together.  Indeed, a 1988 incident in the Black Sea precipitated by a US Freedom of Navigation Operation brought the two to the brink of kinetic conflict.  This is similar to the serious political repercussions of the recent Decatur incident. But the INCSEA did provide the basis for a compromise which reduced the frequency and severity of such incidents.

    In the Black Sea incident, a US Navy cruiser tried to exercise innocent passages in the Soviet territorial sea.  The cruiser was shouldered by a Soviet frigate that tried to push it onto the high seas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_Black_Sea_bumping_incident    When the two sides met for their annual consultation agreed under their INCSEA, they discovered that they had different interpretations of the UN Convention the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) – which the U.S. had not and still has not ratified.  This is not greatly different from the contrasting interpretations by the U.S. and China of key UNCLOS terms related to freedom of navigation. https://thediplomat.com/2016/03/china-and-the-freedom-of-navigation/  In the US-Soviet case, their representatives made recommendations to their respective governments that resulted in a mutual acceptable compromise.

    The US-China agreements have obviously not prevented the litany of incidents in and over China’s near shore waters.  The problem is that these “encounters” are not really “unplanned”.  They are purposeful and perhaps expected intercepts designed to send a message.  Indeed they are ‘unfriendly’ acts in response to what is perceived as ‘unfriendly’ behavior.  Rules of the Road, MOUs and CUES will not prevent them or make them more ‘friendly’.  A political compromise is necessary.

    The protocol to the US-Soviet INCSEA Agreement grew out of the Consultative Committee established by it and was helpful in harmonizing goals and identifying important specific areas of agreement and disagreement.

    Perhaps the Decatur incident will stimulate the U.S. and China to reconsider  upgrading their existing ambiguous and voluntary ‘understandings’ to a binding agreement and thus force a focus on their different interpretations of relevant terms and provisions.

    One US-China MOU provides for an annual ‘assessment’ of any incidents in the previous year under the auspices of the MMCA.  This forum could be used to explore their different interpretations of key UNCLOS terms related to freedom of navigation of warships and warplanes. These include “other internationally lawful uses of the sea”, “due regard”,  “peaceful purposes”, “abuse of rights” and “marine scientific research”.

    However, even an INCSEA would only be a basic agreement on appropriate and inappropriate behavior when platforms of both parties encounter each other at sea.  It would not address the fundamental sources of the problem that are rooted in their struggle for regional and global dominance. But it could make these encounters less frequent and less dangerous.

    **Mark J. Valencia*, Adjunct Senior Scholar, National Institute for South China Sea studies, Haikou, China

    This piece first appeared in the IPP Review. https://ippreview.com/index.php*/Blog/single/id/812.html* Reported by Eurasia Review 8 hours ago.

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    SHANGHAI, CHINA - Media OutReach - 24 October 2018 *- *Chubb announced today the launch of its enhanced cargo insurance product targeting importers and exporters in China. Called *Chubb Cargo Plus^SM*, it offers broad coverage for both international and domestic cargo movements.

     

    Through Chubb Cargo Plus, customers will enjoy additional benefits for local cargo transportation and wider cover for international cargo movements compared with a conventional cargo insurance policy. The major benefits* of Chubb's enhanced cargo insurance include:

     

    · Debris removal options up to USD1 million
    · Exhibition and display cover of up to USD250,000
    · Air freight replacement for imports up to USD100,000
    · Tools of trade cover of up to USD25,000
    · Resecuring costs and expenses cover of up to USD5,000

     

    In addition, customers will have access to CargoAdvantage^®, Chubb's award-winning web-based system which provides a cargo insurance certificate for an international shipment within minutes.

    According to Mr. Kevin Bogardus, Chubb's Country President for China, "With over 200 years of experience in the marine industry, Chubb has established a reputation for integrity, innovation, and expertise. Today, we build on our tradition of excellence and deep industry knowledge to create market-leading solutions, backed by a strong commitment to our clients. The launch of the enhanced Chubb Cargo Plus bears testament to our dedication to meet the evolving needs of our customers in a region which offers a myraid of opportunities to grow our Marine portfolio in China."

    According to Mr. Anthony O'Brien, Regional Head of Marine for Chubb in Asia Pacific, "Customers expect excellent service and innovation which Chubb is committed to deliver since we are dedicated to superior underwriting and risk management services. Our robust CargoAdvantage system makes cargo insurance transactions frictionless for our customers. This is backed by our worldwide network of claims professionals, recognised for their efficient claims handling and expertise to assist our customers when the need arises." 

     

    For more information about Chubb Cargo Plus, please visit http://www.chubb.com.cn/cn-en/business/cargo-plus.aspx.

     

    *Product highlights are summaries only. Please see the actual policy for terms, conditions and exclusions.

    *About Chubb*

    Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company by market capitalization. With operations in 54 countries and territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide.

    In 1994, Chubb set up its first representative office in China. A branch company was subsequently established in 2000 in Shanghai, which was converted to a wholly owned subsidiary upon the approval of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission. The company currently has operations in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Guangdong provinces, with plans to commence operations in other regions in the near future. Additional information can be found at: www.chubb.com.cn. Reported by Media OutReach 7 hours ago.

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    HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 24 October 2018 - Chubb announced today the launch of its enhanced cargo insurance product targeting importers and exporters in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Called* **Chubb Cargo Plus^SM*, it offers broad coverage for both international and domestic cargo movements*.*

     

    Through Chubb Cargo Plus, customers will enjoy additional benefits for local cargo transportation and wider cover for international cargo movements compared with a conventional cargo insurance policy. The major benefits* of Chubb's enhanced cargo insurance include:

     

    · Debris removal options up to USD1,000,000
    · Exhibition and display cover of up to USD250,000
    · Air freight replacement for imports up to USD100,000
    · Tools of trade cover of up to USD25,000
    · Resecuring costs and expenses cover of up to USD5,000

    * *

    In addition, customers will have access to CargoAdvantage^®, Chubb's award-winning web-based system which provides a cargo insurance certificate for an international shipment within minutes.

    According to Mr. Stanley Wong, Country President for Chubb's general insurance operations in Hong Kong and Taiwan, "With over 200 years of experience in the marine industry, Chubb has established a reputation for integrity, innovation, and expertise. Today, we build on our tradition of excellence and deep industry knowledge to create market-leading solutions, backed by a strong commitment to our clients. The launch of the enhanced Chubb Cargo Plus^SM bears testament to our dedication to meet the evolving needs of our customers in a region which offers a myraid of opportunities to grow our Marine portfolio in Hong Kong and Taiwan."

    According to Mr. Anthony O'Brien, Regional Head of Marine for Chubb in Asia Pacific, "Customers expect excellent service and innovation which Chubb is committed to deliver since we are dedicated to superior underwriting and risk management services. Our robust CargoAdvantage^® system makes cargo insurance transactions frictionless for our customers. This is backed by our worldwide network of claims professionals, recognised for their efficient claims handling and expertise to assist our customers when the need arises." 

     

    For more information about Chubb Cargo Plus^SM, please visit https://www.chubb.com/hk-en/business/cargo-plus.aspx.

     

    *Product highlights are summaries only. Please see the actual policy for terms, conditions and exclusions.

    *About Chubb*

    Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries and territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Reported by Media OutReach 7 hours ago.

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    The United States is pushing for a late change to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) landmark cap on sulphur emissions, throwing into doubt the 2020 implementation date. Reported by EurActiv 6 hours ago.

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    The U.S. Marine Corps launched an investigation after social media users noted that a California-based flight appeared to trace out a phallic shape.

     
     
     
     
     
     
      Reported by USATODAY.com 6 hours ago.

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    Optronics will use its leadership with light- and medium-duty trailer OEMs and its vast aftermarket distribution network to bring the Connect-to-Protect brand to a broader North American market.

    TULSA, Okla. (PRWEB) October 24, 2018

    Optronics International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announced that it has been named as master distributor for Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors. The patent-pending products will be displayed to the industry for the first time in Optronics’ booth 3329 at the 2019 AAPEX Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors enable users to shield the male end of a trailer’s harness plug when it’s not in use. The first-of-its-kind product comes in two configurations that accommodate 95 percent of all light- and medium-duty harness connectors, including 4-way flat, 5-way flat and 7-way round terminal styles.

    It is a well-known fact that the wiring harnesses on trailers are vulnerable to corrosion and that the root cause is moisture intrusion. It is also widely understood that corrosion-causing moisture and chemicals most often find their way into a trailer’s electrical system through the connection points in its cabling. A system’s vulnerability is exacerbated by damaged terminals and long periods of unprotected exposure to the elements.

    Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors are designed to help guard a trailer’s electrical system by protecting the integrity of the wiring harness at its most vulnerable location, its connection point. The product’s protective female receptacles effectively seal the trailer’s connectors against damage, shielding the plug, terminals and wiring from moisture, dust, abrasion and the resulting corrosion.

    Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors are manufactured by Hanington Innovations Limited. The company, located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, manufactures the product using a rugged PVC material that remains durable, flexible and resilient, even in extreme weather conditions.

    “Before Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors, there was no simple way to protect a trailer’s plug when not in service,” Alan McNaul, co-director of Hanington Innovations Limited, said. “Optronics is the leading supplier of lighting technology to the light- and medium duty trailer industry, and with their aftermarket network, they are the right company to help us take this innovative product to market.”

    Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors install on the trailer’s hitch coupler arm and not only shield the male harness plug, but keep it from dragging on the ground. Surface mounting the product is simple and fast since fasteners are included, and the only tools needed are a drill and a screwdriver. Flat versions mount with a single screw, and the round version uses four. Each screw requires a 0.125-inch pilot hole.

    “This product is a practical solution to a common problem that is familiar to anyone with a light- or medium-duty trailer,” Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International, said. “It will mean a lot fewer electrical problems and a lot more uptime for this entire category of trailers.”

    Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors come with a three-year warranty. They are available in bulk, polypack and colorful retail packaging.

    Optronics products are available in the U.S. and Canada through the company’s extensive distribution network of more than 12,000 convenient distribution locations. Users can access individual Optronics distributor websites by simply clicking on their logo icons. For information on international sales and distribution of Optronics products, please contact Dorian Drake at +1 (914) 697-9800, or visit http://doriandrake.com.

    To access high-resolution images of Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors, please visit:
    http://www.optronicsinc.com/RESOURCES/ImageGalleries/Connect-to-Protect.aspx

    To access a product brochure for Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors, please visit:
    http://www.optronicsinc.com/Portals/0/PDFs/Connect-to-Protect_flyer.pdf

    About Optronics
    As the fastest-growing vehicle lighting manufacturer in the U.S., Optronics International attributes its success to delivering better value, better options and better lighting to its customers. Founded in 1972, Optronics International is a premier worldwide manufacturer and supplier of branded industrial and commercial vehicular safety lighting products. The company specializes in interior and exterior LED and incandescent lighting for the HD, trailer, transit vehicle, RV and marine markets. The Optronics product catalog is among the most extensive in the industry. Optronics is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has an IATF 16949 certified manufacturing facility in Annan District, Tainan, Taiwan. The company also has ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing and distribution facilities in Muskogee, Oklahoma and Goshen, Indiana. Learn more at http://www.optronicsinc.com.

    About Hanington Innovations Limited
    Hanington Innovations Limited is the originator of Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors. The company’s offices are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

    Connect-to-Protect Brand Trailer Harness Plug Protectors are a trademark of Hanington Innovations Limited. The products are patent pending. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.

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    NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Foreshore Technologies are pleased to announce that they have recently been awarded accreditation of ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 by NQA, the leading assessment, verification and certification body.Scott Christie, President at Foreshore Technologies Inc said: “The addition of these accreditations will allow us to deliver our high quality services and expertise to a wider market, attracting new clients and better serving our existing customers.  It shows that the Briggs Group, who acquired the Company in June, are committed to investing heavily in achieving high standards of service, quality and safety – something that we believe will set Foreshore apart from our competitors.”

    The addition of these accreditations aligns Foreshore with the Briggs Group, whose commitment of offering safe, efficient and sustainable services to clients in the marine industry is paramount.

    *NOTES TO EDITORS*

    *Briggs Contact: *
    Lorraine Ovenstone
    Marketing & Client Relations Manager
    lovenstone@briggsmarine.co.uk
    +44 (0)1592 872 939
    www.briggsmarine.com

    *Company Information:*
    Foreshore Technologies Inc is a consortia of three marine companies, which were acquired by The Briggs Group in June 2018.  The Companies; Foreshore Technologies, Balanced Environmental and Ocean Tech are based in North Vancouver, British Columbia and have been trading for 25 years.

      Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    Over two years in the making, Minnesota's first Latino-influenced brewery, La Doña Cervecería, opened over the weekend west of downtown Minneapolis. The Latin-influence and beers aren't the only thing that set this brewery apart — it also has a soccer field where competitive and casual teams can play. Owner Sergio Manancero, a former Marine and son of Uruguayan immigrants, launched his beer brand at the taco tour on Lake Street in 2016. He spent two years searching for a brewery/taproom location… Reported by bizjournals 2 hours ago.

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