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  • Hazardex 2018 Awards for Excellence – **Voting now open**

    19 January 2018

    Over the last decade, the Hazardex Awards programme has become a benchmark for those supplying products, services and systems within hazardous areas. Final deliberations on nominations for the Hazardex 2018 Awards for Excellence have now taken place, with twenty nominations accepted across four categories. The shortlist is now open for voting and the deadline is 28/01/18. ...

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  • UK tanker confirmed taken by pirates off West Africa - Updated

    17 January 2018

    UK-based tanker owner and operator Union Maritime confirmed on January 17 one of its vessels, MT Barrett, had been the subject of a pirate attack. The vessel was last reported to be at anchor off Benin, West Africa, on January 9. The company said it had alerted the local authorities and was now exploring all possible options to ensure the safety and recovery of the 22 crew members....

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  • Shop owner charged with causing devastating explosion in north-west England

    17 January 2018

    A man has been charged with causing an explosion following a blast at New Ferry in the Wirral last year that left more than 30 people injured. Pascal Blasio, 56, of Gillingham, Kent, is charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life. Contract Natural Gas Limited, an independent gas supplier for business customers, has also been charged with an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act....

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  • Belgium restaurant blast kills two, injures 14

    16 January 2018

    Belgian rescuers found two dead bodies early on January 16 at the site of a powerful suspected gas explosion in the port city of Antwerp that also injured 14 people, police said. The blast the previous night collapsed or severely damaged several buildings in the Paardenmarkt area of central Antwerp....

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  • Iranian oil tanker explodes and sinks after eight days ablaze in East China Sea

    15 January 2018

    An Iranian tanker carrying ultra-light crude oil to South Korea has sunk in the East China Sea, more than a week after its collision with a cargo ship 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai, China's Ministry of Transport said on January 14. Shanghai Marine Search and Rescue Centre confirmed that the oil tanker Sanchi sank about 150 nautical miles from its initial collision point with the Panamax dry bulk carrier CF Crystal....

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Portugal explosion and fire kills eight, injures 50 15 January 2018

At least eight people have been killed and 50 others injured after a blast in a heating boiler triggered a fire at a community centre in northern Portugal on January 14. More than 60 people were at the centre for an amateur card tournament or were watching football on TV when the blast happened, with the fire igniting material in the roof and spreading quickly, causing panic....

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Hazardex 2018 Conference programme now available **Conference delegate discount offer extended** 14 January 2018

The Hazardex 2018 Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 28 and March 1. In addition to the comprehensive hazardous area operational safety content, an additional focus for this edition will be Cybersecurity, IIoT and Industry 4.0, with a keynote from senior HSE and National Cybersecurity Centre figures. Other areas covered include Incident & Risk Management, Functional Safety, PPE, and Certification.

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Automation of ammunition production in China could triple output and reduce fatal accidents 09 January 2018

Artificial intelligence and robotics could triple China’s production of bombs and shells by 2028, according to a senior scientist involved in the program to boost ammunition productivity quoted by the South China Morning Post. The scientist told the Hong Kong newspaper that smart machines have begun replacing workers in a quarter of the country’s ammunition and ordnance f...

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Iranian oil tanker on fire in East China Sea - 32 crew missing 09 January 2018

On January 9, the stricken Iranian tanker Sanchi was still ablaze some 160 nautical miles off China’s coast near Shanghai three days after fire broke out on the vessel after a collision with a grain carrier. Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to douse the flames and locate its missing crew. ...

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Veolia Canadian subsidiary and manager acquitted of criminal negligence charges over fatal 2014 explosion 08 January 2018

Veolia Environmental Services and one of its managers have been acquitted of criminal negligence charges over a 2014 workplace explosion at a plant in Sarnia, Ontario, that killed one worker and injured five others. The manager concerned is Anthony Lavoratore, Industrial Services Area Manager at the company....

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