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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

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September, 2020

  • 22 September

    Breaking: Another Unusual Explosion in Lebanon (VIDEO)

    smoke cloud. hills

    PortandTerminal.com, September 22, 2020 BEIRUT – There has been another large explosion in Lebanon – this time in Ain Qana, a hill-top town in southern Lebanon with a population of 5,585, located about 30 miles south of Beirut. While significant, this latest explosion is nowhere near as large as the explosion that destroyed much of the Port of Beirut in …

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  • 21 September

    TikTok payback. China prepares list of US companies to blacklist

    Chess board. Pawns. US flag. Chinese flag

    PortandTerminal.com, September 21, 2020 Beijing issues rules that could allow it to halt exports, imports and investments by businesses accused of “endangering national security”. BEIJING – The Wall Street Journal is reporting (paywall) today that China has sped up its development of a blacklist that could be used to punish American technology firms in response to President Trump’s ban on …

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  • 21 September

    VIDEO: China successfully launches satellites from a modified cargo ship

    Rocket launching off of cargo ship

    PortandTerminal.com, September 21, 2020 (SpaceFlightNow) A solid-fueled Long March 11 launcher delivered nine small Chinese Earth observation satellites to orbit last week after firing off a ship positioned in the Yellow Sea. The four-stage rocket blasted off from the De Bo 3 launch platform in the Yellow Sea at 0123 GMT Tuesday (9:23 p.m. EDT Monday), according to China’s government-run …

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  • 21 September

    FedEx Wants to Use Small Self-Flying Planes for Remote Areas

    The Cessna 208 Caravan turboprop

    BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 By Thomas Black for Bloomberg – FedEx Corp. is looking at using small self-flying cargo planes to serve remote areas after experimenting with a technology startup on autonomous aircraft, said Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith. The effort builds on the courier’s work with Silicon Valley’s Reliable Robotics, which was founded by veterans of Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. With …

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  • 21 September

    Jet Fuel Is Now So Cheap It’s Being Blended for Use by Ships

    Airplane nose. Fuelling. Hose

    BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 Aviation fuel usually among most expensive oil products | Straight-run kerosene being used for shipping fuel: JBC By Elizabeth Low and Ann Koh – The fuel that powers passenger planes is normally among the most expensive oil products, but in a sign of the times, the coronavirus has turned it into a blending component for typically cheaper shipping fuel. …

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  • 21 September

    270 Whales Stranded On Sandbar Off Australia’s Tasmania

    Stranded pilot whales

    PortandTerminal.com, September 21, 2020 SYDNEY (Reuters) – Marine biologists were planning the rescue of around 270 whales stranded on a sandbar off the remote west coast of the Australian island of Tasmania on Monday. Government scientists said it appeared that at least 25 of the animals, believed to be pilot whales, had already died. Pilot whales are a species of …

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  • 21 September

    LEAKED VIDEO: Massive Waves Wash Away Vehicles on Road

    Wave crashing onto road. Washing cars and buses away

    PortandTerminal.com, September 21, 2020 High tide waves swept away vehicles on a road after crashing over a bank in eastern China yesterday. The video, filmed in the city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province on September 20, shows huge waves brought by a tidal bore splashing onto a road next to a river and pushing back numerous vehicles. No casualties were …

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  • 21 September

    Carnival Cruise Line Terminates 7,000 Employees

    Cruise ship officers. Smoke stack

    PortandTerminal.com, September 21, 2020 MIAMI – Jim Walker, a maritime lawyer who writes the blog Cruise Law News, is reporting this morning that Carnival Cruise Lines has announced massive layoffs. Walker’s information is supported by other industry insiders and is based upon accounts from employees with first-hand information. “Today, several crew members provided internal documentation indicating that Carnival is sending …

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  • 21 September

    Viking ferry runs aground off Finland – all passengers safe

    Ferry near island

    PortandTerminal.com, September 21, 2020 Viking Line ferry MS Amorella grounded in the Baltic Sea off Åland, Finland with 200 passengers and 80 crew HELSINKI, FINLAND – A ferry operated by Finnish company Viking Line has run aground in the Åland Islands waters between Finland and Sweden, Finnish authorities said. The ship, MS Amorella, grounded south of Långnäs on 20 September …

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  • 20 September

    Oil Refiners: Too much oil and nobody wants it.

    The Chevron Pascagoula Refinery in Mississippi,

    REUTERS, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 MELBOURNE/LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global oil refiners reeling from months of lackluster demand and an abundance of inventories are cutting fuel production into the autumn because the recovery in demand from the impact of coronavirus has stalled, according to executives, refinery workers and industry analysts. Refiners cut output by as much as 35% in spring as …

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