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“Beware of microfragments poisoning the sea” / INTERVIEW

Genova - Every year,eight million tons of plastic end up in the sea: “It’s the equivalent of one million African elephants jumping in the water as one,” says Francesca Garaventa, a researcher at the Genoese headquarters of Ismar, the CNR’s Marine Science Institute

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“Free zone vs. effects of the EU Customs Code”

Genova - “To take the opportunity provided by the Chinese plan for the new Silk Road, we must institute a free zone in Genoa,” says Riccardo Braggio, the President of ALCE, the Ligurian Association for Foreign Commerce

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Plastic algae to repopulate the seas

La Spezia - Global warming not only increases the temperature of the oceansbut also contributes to their acidification, compromising the efficiency of the calcium skeleton processes of many animals, such as corals and molluscs

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Prysmian aboard the “Energy Observer”

Milan - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announced its partnership with the “Energy Observer”, the world’s first catamaran powered solely by renewable sources, at the Paris Air Show today

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Globex faces up to $17m fine for spilling oil

Panama City - A Panama-based company faces a fine of up to $17 million for allegedlyspilling about 15 tonnes of oil near the Great Barrier Reef. It is alleged the oil came from the ship “Regina”, owned by company Globex Shipping

Venice, double link to Frankfurt

Venice, double link to Frankfurt

Venice - The German company Lokomotion Rail, has introduced a new pair of trains on the freight rail link between Venice and Frankfurt, on behalf of DB Cargo. They were originally meant to be used on the Bologna-Frankfurt line

Taranto, freight down -30% in April

Taranto, freight down -30% in April

Taranto - In April this year,the port of Taranto moved 1.8 million tonnes of goods, for a -30.0% decrease from over 2.5 million tonnes in April 2016. Disembarked freight came to 969,000 tonnes (-46.1%) and embarked freight came to 818,000 tonnes (+8.2%)

Boating sector celebrates a return to 2011

Boating sector celebrates a return to 2011

Genova - It’s more than a recovery, it’s a comeback. After six whole years. Italian boating for the second consecutive year is growing in revenue, doing even better than expected. Yet, to date, the increase has only served to counter the enormous depression that the crisis had produced in the sector

Confitarma, council secures Mattioli’s candidacy

Confitarma, council secures Mattioli’s candidacy

Rome - Those present recount that when the scrutineers emerged with the resultsof the voting process for the new composition of Confitarma’s council, the tension was palpable, and a brief awkward silence ensued: the name Cesare d’Amico was not on the list

Seal Forum, neuroscience and Best Practices for Safety

Seal Forum, neuroscience and Best Practices for Safety

Rome - “One of the conditions of the ISM code requires that a ship’s commander must motivate the crew in terms of safety. That’s the sole requirement that cannot be simply added in a list of procedures, it’s a matter of principles,” noted Bruno Di Lascio, owner and administrator of Azimuth Consulting