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Unmanned Ships Sailing the Oceans Within 20 Years

Autonomous Vessel InfrastructureIn 10 to 20 years time, there will be 200m long cargo vessels sailing the oceans without the need of a captain or crew, say researchers at the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK).

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Work Set to Start on Nicaragua Grand Canal

Nicaragua Canal MapNexth month, work is to start on a new canal in Nicaragua linking the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean.

The canal is due to be completed in 2019. The work on the Interoceanic Canal of Nicaragua, also known as the Nicaragua Grand Canal, will begin at the mouth of the Brito River in the Rivas department.

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The Value of South Wales Ports to the National Economy

Cardiff Container PortTogether, Associated British Ports’ five South Wales Ports - Swansea, Port Talbot, Cardiff, Barry and Newport - contribute £1.4bn to the UK economy a year and support 21,000 UK jobs.

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New Labour Laws Warning

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ILO LogoShips navigating UK waters could be detained in port if they are found to be failing to comply with a new maritime law which came into effect in the UK on Aug 7, a legal expert has warned.

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Egypt to Build a Second Suez Canal

Suez CanalEgypt is to build a new canal alongside the existing Suez Canal, opened in 1869, in an estimated $4bn project to expand the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

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Start on Second Aircraft Carrier

Prince of WalesLast month, the assembly of the Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier began at the Rosyth dockyard. The ship is to be named Prince of Wales.

A huge section of the hull of the second carrier left the Glasgow yard of BAE Systems on July 28 on a barge on the 600 mile voyage to Rosyth and is pictured passing under the Forth Bridge.

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