Saudi Arabia to boost maritime sector with $8.8bn

Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector is set to receive a much-needed boost with a generous allocation of SAR3 billion ($8.8 billion) for the energy, industry, mining and logistics sectors in its recently announced budget for 2019. The country is on an aggressive growth and diversification path, with substantial government spending expected to catalyze its ‘Vision 2030’ goals and drive sustainable…

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Explosion Rocks Chemical Tanker off Hong Kong, One Dead

One seafarer has lost his life, while three others are missing following an explosion and fire aboard a Vietnamese chemical tanker off Lamma Island, Hong Kong. Teams deployed at the site managed to rescue 21 sailors who escaped from the fire, which occurred on board the 17,542 dwt Aulac Fortune on January 8. Four sailors were taken to a…

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Dozen of Stranded migrants beg for help on high sea: …As European countries refuse to offer safe port of call

Spending two weeks at sea on board a rescue ship and battered by winter storms, stranded migrants are growing frustrated as European countries refuse to offer a safe port of call. Supplies on the rescue ship are dwindling and the crew are exhausted, according to a report by Reuters. The Sea-Watch 3, a vessel run by a German humanitarian…

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UNESCO and Angola to establish Biennale of Luanda, a Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace

The Biennale is part of UNESCO’s operational strategy for Priority Africa (2014-2021) which aims to provide “explicitly African responses to the changes at work in African economies and societies” Carolina Cerqueira, Minister of Culture of Angola, and Firmin Edouard Matoko, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relation, on Thursday (December 20, 2018), signed an agreement for the…

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