Port of Valencia (Spain), Ports of Bremen (Germany), Port of Moerdijk (Netherlands) and Port of Tangier (Morocco) renewed EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS). ESPO’s Secretary General and EcoPorts coordinator handed over the certificates to the ports’ representatives at GreenPort Congress.
Climate initiatives such as the World Ports Climate Action Program took centre stage at the first day of the GreenPort Congress being held in Valencia, Spain, on 16 October. Meanwhile, the event touched upon how the industry needs to balance a mix of priorities and investments to meet the 2020 sulphur cap.
In an exclusive interview, Mr. George Vranakis, Marine Manager at Jotun Hellas, discusses about the key challenges concerning antifouling, providing also tips to operators for choosing the right coating for the protection of their vessels’ hulls. Mr. Vranakis highlights that the right selection starts with the identification of the operational needs, while considering the technical issues after discussion with experts are also important. In this regard, Mr. Vranakis shares his insight on the suitable approach toward an antifouling coating that best fits the operational profile of vessels.
In line with its commitment on green financing, the World Bank Group announced in late September the creation of PROBLUE, a new multi-donor trust fund intended to support healthy and productive oceans by tackling marine pollution, managing fisheries and fostering sustainable growth of coastal economies.
IMO’s MEPC 73 will take place on 22-26 October 2018, at IMO Headquarters in London, focusing on key environmental challenges facing the shipping industry. Among the key topics on the agenda are the hot issues of the GHG reduction from ships and 2020 sulphur cap.
Australia’s government of Queensland is set to implement legislation to criminalise close proximity to shark control equipment, to prevent any photography of lethal drumlines and shark nets. The news comes after a photo release of a baby humpback whale caught in a shark net on the Gold Coast on 5 October.
BIMCO and a group of industry partners have set out to create an internationally recognised standard for hull biofouling. The standard aspires to ensure that the cleaning process is safe and effective. Currently, the standard undergoes practical trials, in order to send it to appropriate international organisations for endorsement.
A new NOAA research looks at the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. It notes that if similar weather conditions happen in the future, it’s likely the number of major hurricanes to increase by two in a similar active year at the end of century. Climate warming would be the cause of this.
Canada and its G7 partners acknowledged the need for action to address the impacts that plastic pollution and marine litter, overexploitation of fish stocks, and extreme weather events have on the health and sustainability of the oceans, seas, coastal communities and entire ecosystems.
Port of Bergen will build Europe’s largest onshore power supply in Norway’s largest cruise port. The aim is for the facility to be ready at the beginning of the cruise season in 2020. The shore power facility will be able to supply three cruise vessels with power simultaneously.
- Women in shipping
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California considers measures to reduce commercial harbor craft emissions22/10/2018
ICS, ITS provide guidelines for ensuring seafarers' welfare22/10/2018
New maritime academy launched in Philippines22/10/2018
Four ports renew EcoPorts’ environmental standard22/10/2018
UK MAIB: Safety warning after enclosed space fatality onboard22/10/2018