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New Dawn for P&O Cruises

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Pacific DawnThe Pacific Dawn has emerged from a multi-million dollar makeover with new onboard offerings which will see P&O Cruises start to take Australian cruising into a new era.

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Shaky Start for New Marine Science Ship

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InvestigatorAfter a series of delays and extended trials, Australia’s new $126 million marine science flagship, Investigator, has been offi cially put to work, but a funding shortfall means it will be in service for only part of the year.

The CSIRO ship is said to offer Australian scientists a global-level research platform but has been funded by the federal government for only 180 of its 300-days-ayear capacity.

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SE Asia Tanker Hijackings Reach Worrying Levels

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PiracyAttacks on small tankers have reached worrying levels in Southeast Asia, the scene of five of six vessel hijackings reported worldwide during the third quarter, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

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36 Years for South Korean Ferry Master

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SewolThe captain of the South Korean ferry Sewol that sank in April has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for not doing enough to save passengers in the country’s worst maritime disaster in more than four decades.

Captain Lee Joon Seok, 69, was found guilty of professional negligence and Judge Lim Joung Youb said he could have saved many more lives had he tried to evacuate the passengers before abandoning ship.

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New Shipping Measures for the Great Barrier Reef

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Great Barrier ReefThe Australian government claims a new plan to manage shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and the Coral Sea will put maritime navigation on a safer course.

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Record Levels of Antarctic Sea Ice

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Aurora AustralisFor the first time since satellite records began in 1979 Antarctic sea ice has passed the 20 million square kilometre mark.

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RMS Lusitania on the Mersey approaching the Liverpool landing stage in preparation for her maiden voyage on Saturday 7 September 1907 (From a painting by Robert G Lloyd, courtesy of Bill & Patti Young)