Under New Pressure, Cleaning Up Alang’s Graveyards of Steel

Workers carry a rope line to fasten a decommissioned ship at the Alang shipyard in Gujarat, India, in this March 27, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

  By Adam Minter (Bloomberg View) -- For decades, the dangerous and polluting ship-breaking yards that stretch for six miles along the beaches of Alang, India, successfully resisted the efforts of activists and foreign governments to shut them down. But in recent months, they may have finally met their match in a different adversary. Desperate steel mills in China, … [Read more...]

U.S. Senate Panel Votes to Lift Oil Export Ban

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  By Timothy Gardner and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Thursday narrowly passed a bill to lift a 40-year-old ban on the export of crude oil, but the measure faces an uphill battle in getting passed by the full Senate. The bill to allow the United States to export oil and boost state revenue-sharing for … [Read more...]

Greenpeace Activists Hang from Bridge to Block Shell Icebreaker

Activists suspend themselves from Portland's St. Johns Bridge in an attempt to block Shell's icebreaker from returning to Alaska. Photo: Greenpeace

  A group of twenty six Greenpeace activists have suspended themselves from a bridge in Portland, Oregon in an effort to stop Shell icebreaker from heading back to Alaska where it is needed for the company's arctic drilling operations. The Greenpeace climbers and dozens of so-called 'kayaktivists' have positioned themselves under the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, … [Read more...]

Fennica Investigation Findings Sent for Review

MSV Fennica. Photo: Shell Alaska

  U.S. Coast Guard investigators have sent for review their initial findings into what caused a 3-foot gash in the hull of Shell's arctic icebreaker Fennica during its stay in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The Finnish multipurpose icebreaker MSV Fennica was departing Dutch Harbor, AK for the Chukchi Sea on July 3rd when crew members and a licensed harbor pilot discovered a … [Read more...]

Dubai’s DP World Kicks Off $1.6 Billion Jebel Ali Port Expansion

Jebel Ali Port. File Photo: DP World UAE

  By Tom Arnold DUBAI, July 28 (Reuters) - DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, has started building a new $1.6 billion container terminal in Dubai in response to demand for more capacity and larger vessels, it said on Tuesday. Jebel Ali port, owned by DP World, has established itself as one of the largest container ports in the Middle East, … [Read more...]