Readers’ Pick of the Week (July 14-18, 2014)

first_imgzoom VIDEO: Float-On and Transport of Costa Concordia Onboard Dockwise VanguardFollowing the successful parbuckling of Costa Concordia, and in anticipation of the pending refloat, Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., provides…Read moreLPG Tanker Attacked by Pirates off TrinidadAn LPG tanker has fallen victim to a pirate attack in the vicinity of the Port of Spain, Trinidad, according to a statement of Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Transport.Read moreDockwise Vanguard to Transport Costa Concordia Wreck?Dockwise Vanguard may be the solution for the transportation of Costa Concordia wreck to the scrapyard, since the owner of the cruise ship …Read moreUPDATE: Concordia Lifted for Another MeterWith the lowering of the starboard sponson S12, yesterday evening, the Concordia has emerged for an additional meter reaching an average …Read moreUPDATE: Grounded Bulker Refloated in Prince Rupert Port, CanadaThe 228-metre bulk carrier Amakusa Island, which ran aground in Prince Rupert’s outer harbour shortly after 10 p.m. on Monday, July 14th, was refloated early this morning …Read morelast_img read more

Countries agree to protect endangered sharks and rays

GENEVA — Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean’s most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup.Three proposals covering the international trade of 18 types of mako sharks, wedgefishes and guitarfishes each passed with a needed two-thirds majority in a committee of the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES on Sunday.The move isn’t final but is a key sign before an official decision at its plenary this week.Conservationists applauded and exchanged hugs after the tallies. Opponents variously included China, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia and New Zealand. The U.S. voted against the mako shark measure, but supported the other two.The Associated Press read more