JOC.com - he International Maritime Bureau said the threat of cyberattacks in the maritime sector has intensified in the past few months, as shipping and supply chains become the “next playground for hackers.” Cyber-security experts and media are warning of the dangers posed by criminals targeting carriers, ports, terminals and other transportation operators, IMB said. They argue that while IT systems have become more sophisticated, thus enabling companies to better protect themselves against fraud and theft, it has also left them more vulnerable to cyber criminals.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Canadian Underwriter - Hurricane forecasters are predicting "below-average hurricane activity for the remainder of the 2014," due in part to cooler-than-average ocean temperatures on part of the north Atlantic, Willis Re. Inc. suggested in a recent report."U.S. landfall probability estimates continue to be low this year, though caution should be exercised due to a recent run of poor U.S. landfall forecasts," Willis Re said in its 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, released Aug. 15.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Bloomberg - Antarctica glaciers melting because of global warming may push up sea levels faster than previously believed, potentially threatening megacities including New York and Shanghai, researchers in Germany said. Antarctica’s ice discharge may raise sea levels as much as 37 centimeters (14.6 inches) this century if the output of greenhouse gases continues to grow, according to a study led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The increase may be as little as 1 centimeter, they said. “This is a big range, which is exactly why we call it a risk,” Anders Levermann, the study’s lead author, said in a statement.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Science World Report - Weather extremes are continuing to cause problems across the world. Hotter summers, colder winters and stronger storms can play havoc on populations. While human-caused global warming might explain a gradual increase in periods of severe heat, though, other events are not so easily explained. Now, scientists may have found an answer. "The large number of recent high-impact extreme weather events has struck and puzzled us," said Dim Coumou, lead author of the new study, in a news release. "Of course we are warming our atmosphere by emitting CO2 from fossil fuels, but the increase in devastating heat waves in regions like Europe or the U.S. seems disproportionate."
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
ABC News - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didnt and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. State officials are assuring the islands are ready and people should prepare but not panic. Tourists wonder whether their flights and activities would be disrupted and tried to get in some last-minute beach time before the surfs up, but ugly. And residents are making bottled water tougher to find than a cheap fruity cocktail. "Everybody says this is the last day of good weather, so we came down to the beach," said Shonna Snodgrass, a tourist in Waikiki visiting from Stafford, Virginia.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
KOMO News - A Coast Guard crew rescued a man in heavy fog Sunday after his vessel burst into flames in the waters off Neah Bay. Rescuers responded to the scene, about three miles north of Neah Bay, after Coast Guard watch standers in Seattle received a mayday call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the operator of the 25-foot pleasure craft Dawn Trader around 11 a.m. The man reported that the vessel was on fire and he was donning a survival suit and abandoning ship into his life raft. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Port Angeles and rescue boat from Neah Bay were launched in response.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
HawaiiNewsNow - Four adults and four children traveling to Molokai from Oahu Sunday afternoon were forced to abandon ship when boat they were in sank in the Kaiwi Channel. "We knew it was going to go down so we just started getting anything that we really needed like life jackets and I put my fins on and we all jumped in the water and the boat went over," said Jeff Kozlovich. The group left Sandy Beach Park around 1:30 p.m. They brought along three kayaks and the plan was to kayak back to Oahu on Monday. They were 12 miles west of Molokai when their 21-foot vessel got hit by rough waters.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Phys.org - Colorado State University researchers continue to predict a below-average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin in 2014, citing exceptionally unfavorable hurricane formation conditions in the tropical Atlantic combined with the likely development of a weak to moderate El Niño event. The below-average prediction is largely due to strong vertical wind shear, dry mid-level air and cool sea surface temperature anomalies in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean.The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team is calling for a total of 10 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, June 1 to Nov. 30.
Monday, August 04, 2014
CNN - Newly formed Tropical Storm Bertha was barreling toward the Lesser Antilles early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. After forming late last night, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was churning through the Atlantic at 20 mph. Bertha was located about 170 miles east of Barbados, the hurricane centers 5 a.m. advisory sad. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados, Dominica and St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
Friday, August 01, 2014
WAVY - Two women were hospitalized after a jet ski exploded in Virginia Beach Friday evening. Bat. Chief Amy Valdez told WAVY.com emergency crews were called to the single jet ski accident in the 800 block of Spigel Drive, which is near the Lynnhaven River. One person received “traumatic” injuries and the other victim went to the hospital with burn injuries, Valdez said. Witnesses told WAVYs Jason Marks the explosion happened as the two women were trying to start up the jet ski.
Monday, July 21, 2014