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    The ancient people of Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile) built their famous ahu monuments near coastal freshwater sources, according to a team of researchers including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

    The island of Rapa Nui is well-known for its elaborate ritual architecture, particularly its numerous statues (moai) and the monumental platforms that supported them (ahu.) Researchers have long wondered why ancient people built these monuments in their respective locations around the island, considering how much time and energy was required to construct them. A team of researchers including Binghamton University anthropologist Carl Lipo used quantitative spatial modeling to explore the potential relations between ahu construction locations and subsistence resources, namely, rock mulch agricultural gardens, marine resources, and freshwater sources–the three most critical resources on Rapa Nui. Their results suggest that ahu locations are explained by their proximity to the island’s limited freshwater sources.

    “The issue of water availability (or the lack of it) has often been mentioned by researchers who work on Rapa Nui/Easter Island,” said Lipo. “When we started to examine the details of the hydrology, we began to notice that freshwater access and statue location were tightly linked together. It wasn’t obvious when walking around–with the water emerging at the coast during low tide, one doesn’t necessarily see obvious indications of water. But as we started to look at areas around ahu, we found that those locations were exactly tied to spots where the fresh groundwater emerges — largely as a diffuse layer that flows out at the water’s edge. The more we looked, the more consistently we saw this pattern. Places without ahu/moai showed no freshwater. The pattern was striking and surprising in how consistent it was. Even when we find ahu/moai in the interior of the island, we find nearby sources of drinking water. This paper reflects our work to demonstrate that this pattern is statistically sound and not just our perception.”

    “Many researchers, ourselves included, have long speculated associations between ahu/moai and different kinds of resources, e.g., water, agricultural land, areas with good marine resources, etc.,” said lead author Robert DiNapoli of the University of Oregon. “However, these associations had never been quantitatively tested or shown to be statistically significant. Our study presents quantitative spatial modeling clearly showing that ahu are associated with freshwater sources in a way that they aren’t associated with other resources.”

    According to Terry Hunt of the University of Arizona, the proximity of the monuments to freshwater tells us a great deal about the ancient island society.

    “The monuments and statues are located in places with access to a resource critical to islanders on a daily basis–fresh water. In this way, the monuments and statues of the islanders’ deified ancestors reflect generations of sharing, perhaps on a daily basis–centered on water, but also food, family and social ties, as well as cultural lore that reinforced knowledge of the island’s precarious sustainability. And the sharing points to a critical part of explaining the island’s paradox: despite limited resources, the islanders succeeded by sharing in activities, knowledge, and resources for over 500 years until European contact disrupted life with foreign diseases, slave trading, and other misfortunes of colonial interests.”

    The researchers currently only have comprehensive freshwater data for the western portion of the island and plan to do a complete survey of the island in order to continue to test their hypothesis of the relation between ahu and freshwater. Reported by Eurasia Review 7 hours ago.

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    Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed will today launch an initiative to encourage Irish trawlers to remove and reduce plastic waste from the seas around the country. Reported by 7 hours ago.

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    Next-Generation LNG Carrier "NOHSHU MARU"- Fourth "Sayaringo STaGE" Ship, for JERA -

    - Significantly improved LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to enhanced hull structure and hybrid propulsion system
    - New vessel to transport LNG (including the Freeport LNG Project in Texas)

    TOKYO, Jan 11, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Yokohama, held a christening ceremony today for a next-generation LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier under construction for TRANS PACIFIC SHIPPING 5 LTD., a joint venture of JERA Co., Inc. (JERA) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL). The new ship, named NOHSHU MARU, is the fourth vessel of the latest model "Sayaringo STaGE" type, featuring significant improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and an innovative hybrid propulsion system. Completion and delivery is scheduled for February 2019, after which the NOHSHU MARU will be put into service, transporting LNG for the Freeport LNG Project in the U.S. state of Texas (in which JERA is participating), among other ventures.

    The christening ceremony, held at the Koyagi Plant of MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, was attended by representatives of the ship owner, along with many other guests. Chubu Electric Power President, Satoru Katsuno, announced the name of the ship, while his wife performed the ceremonial rope cutting.

    The NOHSHU MARU has a length of 297.5m, width of 48.94m, and depth of 27.0m, with a draft of 11.1m. Deadweight tonnage is approximately 80,300 tons, with total tank holding capacity of 180,000m3. Launching took place on October 9, 2017. Mitsubishi Shipbuilding received the order for the new vessel from the owner, TRANS PACIFIC SHIPPING 5 LTD., through MI LNG Company, Limited, a joint venture for the design and sale of LNG carriers established by MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Construction was managed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure Co., Ltd., an MHI Group company based in Nagasaki. The vessel's name is derived from the old provincial name for the southern region of Gifu Prefecture, one of the areas served by Chubu Electric Power.

    JERA was established in 2015 as an equal-share joint venture between TEPCO Fuel & Power, a group company of Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Chubu Electric Power Company. Its business operations include construction and refurbishment of thermal power plants in Japan, as well as energy infrastructure projects and power generation overseas.

    The Sayaringo STaGE is a successor to the "Sayaendo," a vessel highly acclaimed for its reliability and innovatively refined MOSS-type spherical tanks. The use of apple-shaped tanks allows for greater LNG carrying capacity without increases to the ship's width, while the hybrid propulsion system further improves fuel efficiency over the previous model.

    STaGE, an acronym derived from "Steam Turbine and Gas Engines," is a hybrid propulsion system combining a steam turbine and gas-fired engines. Effective utilization of waste heat from the engines for the steam turbine provides a substantial improvement in plant efficiency, allowing for high-efficiency navigation in both low and high-speed areas.

    Going forward, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and MHI Marine Structure will continue the development of next-generation LNG carriers with exceptional fuel efficiency and sustainable performance, in order to contribute to stable energy supplies and environmental conservation.

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world's leading industrial firms. For more than 130 years, we have channeled big thinking into solutions that move the world forward - advancing the lives of everyone who shares our planet. We deliver innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries, covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI Group employs 80,000 people across 400 locations, operating in three business domains: "Power Systems,""Industry & Infrastructure,""Aircraft, Defense & Space." We have a consolidated revenue of around 40 billion U.S. Dollars. We aim to contribute to environmental sustainability while achieving global growth, using our leading-edge technologies. By bringing people and ideas together as one, we continue to pave the way to a future of shared success.

    For more information, please visit MHI's website:
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA:
    Corporate Communication Department
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168
    Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860Copyright 2019 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. Reported by ACN Newswire 7 hours ago.

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    In 2018 Q4 5.0 million tonnes of cargo and 2.3 million passengers passed through the harbours of Tallinna Sadam. Compared to the same period of previous year, the cargo volume increased 2.0%, mainly due to liquid bulk. The growth of the number of passengers decreased by 1.0%. The number of ship calls grew by 4.8% to 1841 calls.

    In 2018, the annual cargo volume of Tallinna Sadam totaled 20.6 million tonnes, increasing by 7.4% compared to the previous year, mainly due to liquid bulk and ro-ro. The number of passengers increased by 0.6% year-on-year, reaching an all-time record of 10.6 million passengers. The growth was driven by cruise, the number of passengers on Tallinn-Helsinki route remained at the same level as in the previous year.

    According to Valdo Kalm, Chairman of the Management Board of Tallinna Sadam, the result of 2018 is satisfying, as the company managed to maintain and even increase cargo volumes in a difficult competitive situation. "For the number of passengers, we reached a record for the 11th year in a row," Kalm noted.

    Cargo volume by type of cargo and number of passengers by route in 2018 Q4 and full year is presented in the table below:

    * * *Q4 2018* *Q4 2017* *change* *2018* *2017* *change*
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    *Cargo volume by type of cargo* (th tonnes) *5 028* *4 928* *2.0%* *20 607* *19 179* *7.4%*
    Liquid bulk 1 955 1 732 12.9% 8 832 7 447 18.6%
    Ro-ro 1 301 1 285 1.2% 5 345 5 066 5.5%
    Dry bulk 1 149 1 289 -10.9% 3 911 4 146 -5.7%
    Containers 473 520 -8.9% 1 880 1 907 -1.4%
    in TEUs 57 548 58 399 -1.5% 222 654 215 451 3.3%
    General cargo 150 103 45.9% 639 612 4.5%
    Non-marine 1 349.3% 1 -96.6%
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    *Number of passengers by routes *(th) *2 314* *2 336* *-1.0%* *10 619* *10 560* *0.6%*
    Tallinn-Helsinki 2 040 2 049 -0.4% 8 797 8 798 0.0%
    Tallinn-Stockholm 216 232 -6.7% 1 009 1 013 -0.4%
    Tallinn-St.Petersburg 23 24 -7.1% 85 83 2.4%
    Cruise (traditional) 14 13 5.0% 638 566 12.8%
    Other 20 17 16.7% 90 100 -10.4%
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    *Number of vessel calls by vessel type* *1 841* *1 757* *4.8%* *7 652* *7 716* *-0.8%*
    Cargo vessels 456 404 12.9% 1 754 1 677 4.6%
    Passenger vessels (incl. Ro-Pax) 1 379 1 348 2.3% 5 550 5 723 -3.0%
    Cruise vessels (traditional) 6 5 20.0% 348 316 10.1%

    More detailed statistics of passengers by nationality, gender and routes on monthly basis, can be viewed on the Port of Tallinn web page:

    Tallinna Sadam is one of the largest cargo- and passenger port complexes in the Baltic Sea region, which in 2018 serviced 10.6 million passengers and 20.6 million tons of cargo. In addition to passenger and freight services, Tallinna Sadam group also operates in shipping business via its subsidiaries – OÜ TS Laevad provides ferry services between the Estonian mainland and the largest islands, and OÜ TS Shipping charters its multifunctional vessel Botnica for icebreaking and construction services in Estonia and offshore projects abroad. Tallinna Sadam group is also a shareholder of an associate AS Green Marine, which provides waste management services. Tallinna Sadam group's sales in 2017 totaled EUR 121.3 million, adjusted EBITDA EUR 66.5 million and net profit EUR 26.4 million.

    Additional information:

    Marju Zirel
    Head of Investor Relations
    AS Tallinna Sadam


    · Tallinna Sadam 2018 Q4 volumes ENG Reported by GlobeNewswire 6 hours ago.

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    Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that there were no discussions about setting up a possible spy swap involving former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, calling speculation about such a deal fake news. Reported by Reuters 3 hours ago.

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    Recipients of Scholarships to Attend OWASP AppSec California Announced

    LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) January 11, 2019

    AppSec California 2019 will happen from January 22nd-25th at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, California, a three mile stretch of beach along the sun drenched Southern California coast. This year’s conference will have the first two days reserved for hands-on trainings, followed by an additional two days of keynotes and presentations. AppSec California is a one of a kind experience for anyone in the information security community.

    OWASP AppSec California is dedicated to increasing diversity in the workplace while also helping solve the information security talent shortage. With these goals in mind and in order to help under-represented groups enter into the Information Security arena, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has provided eight scholarships allowing admittance to AppSec California 2019 Conference. Two of the scholarships have been sponsored by Contrast Security and Segment. A single scholarship includes a two-day conference attendance ticket and up to a $1200 stipend for reimbursement of travel expenses for non-local candidates.

    OWASP and AppSec California are proud to announce that four of the scholarship recipients are Military Veterans, and by the luck of the draw they represent four service branches of our military: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy. One Veteran is in the process of completing the last few months in twenty years of service to our nation.

    OWASP is also proud to announce that the remaining four recipients are women. While women comprise almost half of the U.S. population, they only make up 20% of the cybersecurity workforce. While that's up from a mere 11% in 2013, there is still a lot of opportunity to be seized in cybersecurity careers. Through these types of scholarship and forming the Women In AppSec Committee (WIA), OWASP is committed to changing the trend by promoting female participation in the Information Security sector.

    In support of greater interest in Information Security among students, OWASP is offering a deep discount for AppSec California 2019. Registrants with a valid .edu email address or a valid student ID can attend the $400 conference for only $99 (a 75% discount). Interested students may apply to receive their tickets by following the instructions at

    It is not too late to contribute and become a corporate sponsor for AppSec California 2019 Diversity and Veteran Scholarship. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.

    You can sign up for just training, or you can take advantage of the special discounted package and attend one or two days of training followed by two days of keynotes and speaking sessions. For a conference of this caliber, the cost of the training and the package is remarkably low. Join us on the beach, grab drinks, hack around, network with over 600 security pros and end the day with a serene sunset. Register before discount pricing ends, so go and own a ticket before it’s gameover!

    About OWASP
    The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, worldwide organization focused on improving the security of application software. OWASP’s mission is to make application security visible to ensure that organizations and individuals can make informed decisions about true application security risks. Participation in OWASP is free of charge and open to the general public. All OWASP materials are available under a free and open source license.

    California OWASP Chapters
    The OWASP Los Angeles chapter hosts a networking dinner on the fourth Wednesday of every month, and the Orange County chapter meets on the fourth Thursday. OWASP Bay Area meets every other month, and OWASP San Diego meets monthly. The Santa Barbara chapter is being relaunched! Great networking, food and drinks, and awesome presentations focused on what security is really about.

    Join the movement today! Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry has dismissed suggestions that an American arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be used in a prisoner swap for a Russian held in the United States.Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine,... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.

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    A lawyer acting for a Canadian-born former U.S. marine detained in Russia on espionage charges has filed an appeal with a Moscow court seeking to have his client released on bail, Russian news agencies cited the court as saying on Thursday. Reported by 1 hour ago.

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    The board, which has to have its final recommendations in by Feb. 22, also recommends a number of measures be taken to offset the increased underwater noise and potential risk posed by ship strikes of marine mammals including southern resident killer whales. Reported by 23 hours ago.

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    RallyPoint and Recon Realty Partner to Empower Servicemembers and Veterans To Use Real Estate as a Successful Transition Path

    WALTHAM, Mass. (PRWEB) January 11, 2019

    RallyPoint, the military’s largest online network with 1.6 million members, announced a new partnership with Recon Realty that will help veterans learn whether becoming a rehabber, builder, or income property owner is a smart move for them, regardless of where they are in their military or civilian career.

    Recon Realty, founded by Marine Corps Sergeant Andy Williams has a clear vision for Veterans to win in America. The Real Estate Entrepreneur and co- Host of HGTV’s Flip or Flop - Fort Worth, has launched a resource center on RallyPoint that will deliver valuable real estate insights to RallyPoint members.

    “In early 2018, I ran a successful pilot empowering a dozen veterans to buy, flip and rent income properties, says Andy Williams. “This success inspired me to launch a new initiative that will support my fellow veterans achieve similar success but on a much greater scale. This initiative is veteransbuyamerca. This partnership with RallyPoint will support and expand the movement by empowering the military community with the ability to serve as responsible rehabbers, builders, and property owners in the communities in which they live during and after their military service. ”

    This partnership will enable the servicemembers, veterans and military family members on RallyPoint to access education, resources and guidance so they can determine if building, flipping, and / or buying turnkey real estate as a form of passive income is the right path for them.

    “At RallyPoint, we actively connect our members to leaders who have a broad and impactful value proposition to our member base,” said Dave Gowel, RallyPoint CEO. “The individuals and companies with whom we seek to join forces are those who authentically have our members’ best interest in mind and who lead by example. We’re proud to partner with Recon Realty because they couldn’t be a better fit for these criteria.”

    To learn more about this initiative, go to, and get exclusive information and authentic stories on how veterans have made and lost money with real estate.

    About RallyPoint: RallyPoint is the online platform where warriors talk. With more than 1.6 million members, RallyPoint is the premier network for military service members and veterans to come together and discuss military life through both professional and personal perspectives. Visit to learn more, and follow RallyPoint on Facebook and Twitter @RallyPoint.

    About Recon Realty: Recon Realty is a benefit corporation that deploys select veterans into communities primed for revitalization, empowering each Veteran with a clearly defined mission: to positively impact our country, economy, and community.
    Facebook @reaconrealty Twitter @reconrealty Instagram @reconrealty linkedin @recon-realty Reported by PRWeb 23 hours ago.

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    CanAm Enterprises has repaid its 37th EB-5 partnership in full and on time. The $40 million EB-5 loan helped fund the first phase of construction of the Gulfport Marine Terminal in Staten Island, NY. The 37th repayment further establishes CanAm Enterprises as the industry leader with over $1 billion in EB-5 capital repayments.

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 11, 2019

    CanAm Enterprises (“CanAm”) announces that its 37th EB-5 partnership has repaid recently. The two-phase Gulfport Marine Terminal project in Staten Island, NY has repaid its first tranche of EB-5 loan funding in full and on time. The 37th repayment further establishes CanAm Enterprises as the industry leader with over $1 billion in EB-5 capital repayments.

    The $40 million EB-5 loan through CanAm’s New York Metropolitan Regional Center helped fund the first phase of construction of the Gulfport Marine Terminal. Subsequent phases of the construction project are well underway with nearly 2 million square feet of industrial logistics center space completed.

    The construction of the Gulfport Marine Terminal has created 1,671 jobs within the geographic boundaries of the New York Metropolitan Regional Center area, which exceeds the EB-5 investment requirements of 10 jobs per investor by far. The legal conditions for EB-5 visas have been fully met, meaning all 80 investors qualify for receiving permanent residency in the United States.

    “I am genuinely proud of the Gulfport Marine Terminal project – it shows that EB-5 is a great source of funding for industrial facilities that positively impact the surrounding areas, creating many direct and indirect jobs,” said Tom Rosenfeld, CanAm’s President and CEO.

    The Gulfport Marine Terminal is being built on a 674-acre tract of vacant land located on the Arthur Kill waterfront in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. The terminal features a 135-acre area, which is ready for development of a full-service port facility, and a 193-acre on-site logistics center. The first two buildings in the logistics center are completed and open. A one million square-foot building occupied by Ikea opened in August 2018. The second, an 850,000 square foot robotics-enhanced fulfillment center for Amazon opened in September 2018. The opening of this second facility is significant in that it marks the first fulfillment center Amazon has located within New York City. Both companies are now the largest employers in the borough, bringing even more economic growth and opportunities to Staten Island, NY.

    The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Program provides qualified foreign investors with the opportunity to earn “conditional” or temporary two-year visas in return for investing $500,000 in businesses located in high unemployment areas that create or retain at least ten permanent full-time jobs for U.S. workers.

    About CanAm Enterprises
    With three decades of experience promoting immigration-linked investments in the United States and Canada, CanAm has a long and established track record. Basing its work on a reputation of credibility and trust, CanAm has financed more than 55 project loans and raised over $2.7 billion in EB-5 investments. CanAm exclusively operates seven USCIS-designated regional centers that are located in the city of Philadelphia, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the county of Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Region of New York, the states of Hawaii, Florida and Texas. For more information, please visit Reported by PRWeb 23 hours ago.

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    Reported by SeekingAlpha 23 hours ago.

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    Glenn Withers has been appointed Group Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Cavotec Group effective January 14^th, 2019. Mr. Withers, who joined Cavotec in November 2018 as Group VP Finance Excellence will replace current CFO Kristiina Leppänen, who will leave the company at the end of March. Mr Withers will report to Cavotec Group CEO Mikael Norin and will be a member of the Executive Management Team.

    Starting his career as a Chartered Accountant in Australia and New Zealand, Mr. Withers has since held senior finance roles in a multitude of global industrial companies, among others as CFO of Rolls-Royce Marine Services, a global product sales and service business headquartered in Singapore with sales of around SEK 9 billion and employing approximately 2500 people in 30 countries. Most recently he served as CFO of Quant AB, a Swedish based global provider of industrial services, with sales of approximately SEK 1.9 billion and 2900 employees. 

     “In his career Mr. Withers has been actively driving transformation projects similar to those Cavotec is now undertaking. In Quant, he led the global carve-out of 30 legal entities from a prior owner and established new management reporting, monitoring and controls across the newly created group. In Rolls-Royce Marine Mr. Withers led improvements that can be directly deployed in a similar way in Cavotec.” said Mikael Norin and continued; "We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Kristiina Leppänen for all her hard work and dedication to Cavotec since joining the group in 2015 and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors."

    Mr. Withers is a New Zealand citizen and holds a degree in commerce from the University of Auckland.

    *ENDS *

    For further details please contact:

    *Johan Hähnel*

    Investor Relations Manager 
    Telephone: +46 70 605 63 34 

    This is information that Cavotec SA is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 15:15 CET on 11 January 2019.


    · Press Release 11 January 2019 Reported by GlobeNewswire 23 hours ago.

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    KEMP, Texas, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting and industrial equipment sectors, announced the release of a single-phase explosion proof transformer with a 3 kVA rating and a primary voltage of 240/480V AC and a secondary voltage of 120/240V at 60 Hz. This high-efficiency, energy saving transformer features copper winding material and weighs 200 lbs.The ETX-ATX-1P-480V-3KVA-120.240V explosion proof transformer has a two-winding primary and secondary configuration with reverse connectables. This single-phase unit features electrostatically shielded components and wire leads connection. This explosion proof transformer is made of durable cast aluminum and a NEMA 4X rating, which offers watertight protection and corrosion resistance.

    Larson Electronics’ single-phase explosion proof transformer has 3/4" NPT input and 3/4” NPT output hubs and can be mounted on surfaces in hazardous locations with the ratings Class I, Division 1 and 2, Groups C and D, and Class II, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups E, F, and G. Suitable applications for this unit include use at chemical processing plants, industrial facilities, oil refineries, and more.

    *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

    Photos accompanying this announcement are available at: Reported by GlobeNewswire 21 hours ago.

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    The second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new combination container/roll-on roll-off “ConRo” ships - among the first of their kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) - completed its maiden voyage to Puerto Rico on Friday morning, Jan. 11. The successful transit puts a historic capstone on the company’s Commitment Class modernization project and begins a new era of world-class supply chain services between the island commonwealth, U.S. mainland and the Caribbean Basin.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (PRWEB) January 11, 2019

    The second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new combination container/roll-on roll-off “ConRo” ships - MV Taíno, one of the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) - completed its maiden voyage to Puerto Rico on Friday morning, Jan. 11. The successful transit puts a historic capstone on the company’s Commitment Class modernization project and begins a new era of world-class supply chain services between the island commonwealth, U.S. mainland and the Caribbean Basin.

    MV Taíno, which departed Jan. 8 from its mainland homeport of Jacksonville, Fla. (JAXPORT), is the second of two ConRo vessels constructed for Crowley. Sister ship MV El Coquí began its first-in-class service in July 2018.

    The ships, built specifically for the Puerto Rico trade, are 219.5 meters (720 feet), 26,500 deadweight tons (DWT), and can transport up to 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) at a cruising speed of more than 22 knots. The ships carry a wide range of cargo types and sizes, including: 53-foot by 102-inch-wide, high-capacity containers; up to 300 refrigerated containers; and 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed and ventilated vehicle garages that are unique to the trade.

    With the addition of MV Taíno to its fleet, Crowley’s Commitment Class vessels are part of an overall logistics system, which increases supply chain velocity and reduces friction and landed costs for customers shipping through Jacksonville as a gateway to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the islands of the Caribbean Basin.

    “The successful maiden voyage of MV Taíno showcases Crowley’s unmatched ability to provide industry-leading speed and reliability for customers as part of our end-to-end supply chain solutions in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the islands of the Caribbean Basin,” said Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics. “This milestone is a credit to the men and women whose dedication to building and operating the ships and terminals made success a reality. And, it showcases Crowley’s continuing and lasting commitment to serving Puerto Rico.”

    MV Taíno is named for the native Puerto Ricans who lived off the land with great appreciation and respect for their environment, and MV El Coquí is named for the popular indigenous frog on the island.

    Both vessels are operated with U.S. crews by Crowley’s global ship management group under Crowley Shipping. The vessels were constructed by VT Halter Marine at its Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard, with construction management provided by Crowley Solutions.

    Modernizations by Crowley include the Commitment class vessels along with investments at Crowley’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, including three new shore gantry cranes, the first to be delivered in Puerto Rico in 50 years; a new 900-foot pier; container handling equipment; and efficiency improvements. Further, an innovative new terminal operating system (TOS) leverages technology to reduce gate turn times for trucking partners, significantly enhancing cargo velocity for customers. Additionally, a proprietary feeder service has been launched to seamlessly link Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic and other islands of the Caribbean Basin.

    At JAXPORT, a new shoreside LNG fuel depot operated by Eagle LNG Partners supplies the cleaner, efficient fuel powering the ships.

    LNG is a cleaner, more efficient fuel that offers significantly reduced emissions compared with other fuels, such as including a 100-percent reduction in sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM); a 92-percent reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx); and a reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) of more than 35 percent.

    More information on the full range of enhancements can be found at this special Crowley microsite,

    Crowley has served Puerto Rico since 1954, longer than any other U.S. shipping company.

    About Crowley
    Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 127-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 conventional and dual fuel (LNG) vessels, including tankers, container ships, multipurpose, 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 Reported by PRWeb 19 hours ago.

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    In this week’s At War newsletter: a Times reporter and former Marine writes about his life in boot camp, in response to the service’s gender-integration news. Reported by 18 hours ago.

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    Park City, UT, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tracking data from white sharks equipped with OCEARCH satellite tags reveals that the Atlantic continental shelf waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the east coast of Florida are a winter hot spot for large white sharks. As seen on the OCEARCH Tracker, the heavy concentration of our adult and near-adult white sharks in this region suggests it’s an important winter habitat, which OCEARCH and collaborating scientists are now referring to as the Northwest Atlantic Shared Foraging Area (NASFA). This is in concordance with fisheries data that showed this area to be a wintering ground for white sharks, as previously published by OCEARCH collaborator Dr. Tobey Curtis and his colleagues.

    The OCEARCH Tracker shows at least eight white sharks have been detected in the NASFA in the past week, including adult white sharks Hilton and Katharine. The eight sharks are a good indication there are plenty more white sharks in the area with them. The waters off Charleston, South Carolina, and Cape Canaveral, Florida have seen the highest concentration of detections. The sharks were tagged as part of an ongoing study started in 2012 by OCEARCH to uncover the mysteries of white sharks’ life history in the Northwest Atlantic.

    Since the beginning of the study, OCEARCH has consistently observed that nearly all tagged, large white sharks in the Northwest Atlantic visit the NASFA at some point during their migrations, with most visiting in the winter. OCEARCH has tagged white sharks as far south as Florida and as far north as Nova Scotia, Canada, and all of the larger tagged sharks have spent some time in the NASFA.

    “The body of colder water trapped between the Gulf Stream and the coast is a key feature of this region,” says Assistant Professor of Marine Science at Jacksonville University and OCEARCH collaborating scientist Dr. Bryan Franks. “This ‘wedge’ of cold water extends from the Outer Banks in North Carolina down to Cape Canaveral in Florida. This feature results in a range of water temperatures in a relatively short horizontal distance from the coast out to the Gulf Stream.  In addition, there is the potential for abundant prey in the migrating populations along the coastlines and in the dynamic mixing zone on the Stream edge. 

    The tendency for white sharks to migrate to the NASFA bears some similarities to white shark behavior observed in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of the United States. In the Northeast Pacific, different shark populations migrate from the Farallon Islands and Guadalupe Island to a Shared Foraging Area (SOFA), also popularly referred to as the White Shark Cafe, between the Baja Peninsula and Hawaii. OCEARCH tracked this white shark behavior in 2007-2009 and conducted a 30-day expedition to the SOFA in 2009. Studies by other scientists since then have tracked similar shark behavior. 

    OCEARCH tracking data in the Atlantic suggest there could be more than one population, or subpopulation, of white sharks inhabiting the Northwest Atlantic. These populations are differentiated by where the sharks aggregate in the late summer and fall, which is suspected to be mating season for the species, although that remains to be confirmed. Cape Cod, Massachusetts is one such summer/fall aggregation site and OCEARCH data indicates there is at least one more summer/fall aggregation site in Canada. Regardless of which summer/fall aggregation site a shark uses, however, it appears nearly all of the adult and near-adult sharks visit the NASFA during the colder winter months.

    OCEARCH is planning an expedition to the NASFA in February and has two other expeditions planned to try and tag more sharks off Massachusetts and Nova Scotia later in 2019. These expeditions aim to increase the sample size of tagged white sharks to get a clearer picture of white shark movements in the Northwest Atlantic and test scientific hypotheses about white shark movement and migration.

    “This is the beauty of OCEARCH’s North Atlantic White Shark Study,” said Dr. Bob Hueter, OCEARCH Chief Science Advisor. “The sharks lead us from one step to the next so that we can steer our ship to where we’re needed to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of this incredible predator. Each expedition builds on the previous ones to reveal the life of the white shark from birth to death in the North Atlantic. This is the best kind of science, and it’s exciting to be sharing these discoveries with our peers and the public."

    Follow the sharks through their migration cycles by accessing the near-real-time OCEARCH Tracker.CONTACT: Ami Meite
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  • 01/11/19--12:34: Ship traffic, January 12
  • Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT Cape Town Highway Yokohama, Japan BNC CMA CGM Pelleas Los Angeles OAK Conti Crystal Los Angeles OAK Ever Eagle Los Angeles OAK Gudrun Maersk Los Angeles OAK Libra Leader Long Beach BNC MSC Branka Long Beach OAK NYK Artemis Los Angeles OAK Due to depart today SHIP TO PORT Bay Bridge Tokyo OAK CMA CGM A Lincoln Fuqing, China OAK Esperance Bay Savona, Italy SFO Ever Liberal Tokyo OAK Fengning Port Unknown SFO Genco Lorraine Rizhao, China SFO Glovis Captain Port Unknown SFO Mol Motivator Tokyo OAK NYK Diana Tokyo OAK Source: S.F. Marine Exchange Reported by SFGate 17 hours ago.

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  • 01/11/19--12:41: Ship traffic, January 13
  • Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT Cape Patton Long Beach OAK Hamburg Bridge Los Angeles OAK Hyperion Highway Port Hueneme, Ventura County BNC Istra Ace Portland RCH Maersk Essex Long Beach OAK Morning Menad Yeosu, South Korea BNC NYK Daedalus Los Angeles OAK Southern Highway San Diego BNC YM Maturity Los Angeles OAK Due to depart today SHIP TO PORT CMA CGM Pelleas Hong Kong OAK Conti Crystal Qingdao, China OAK Ever Eagle Taipei OAK Gudrun Maersk Vostochnyy, Russia OAK MSC Branka Roberts Bank, B.C. OAK NYK Artemis Busan, South Korea OAK NYK Daedalus Seattle OAK Source: S.F. Marine Exchange Reported by SFGate 17 hours ago.

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