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The anthropogenic sound harms the ocean wildlife

The Standard Club focused on the matter of ‘anthropogenic sound’, meaning the noise pollution that prevents ocean wildlife organisms from communicating with one another, perceiving prey or finding potential mates.

New expedition to further explore Indian ocean depths

Scientists will carry out a years-long mission to further explore the Indian Ocean. The scientists aim to document changes that are happening underneath the sea level, and that are able to impact billions of people in the region during the coming decades. The so-called ‘Nekton Mission’ will carry out dives in other parts of the Indian Ocean over the course of three years.

Low sulphur fuel should be a priority on Iranian fleet

Hadi Haghshenas, deputy director of maritime affairs in Iran, supported, during the closing ceremony of the 26th conference on coordination of marine organizations in Tehran, that they expect the government’s support in favour of using low-sulfur fuel in the country’s fleet over the next ten months.

Guyana ratifies treaties for safe and clean shipping

Guyana ratified two key IMO measures aimed to preserve bio-diversity: the Ballast Water Management Convention and another on use of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships hulls. It also ratified others regarding unlawful acts against the safety of navigation and removing wrecks from the seabed. In addition, it signed four instruments covering liability and compensation.

Green Methanol Project consortium to investigate the use of methanol

Dutch maritime companies collaborate on the Green Methanol Project, in support of Maritime Knowledge Centre, to investigate the use of methanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in the maritime sector. Dutch shipowners, shipyards, manufacturers and ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam have joined forces ahead of the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.

Vancouver port lists Wärtsilä’s EnergoProFin in EcoAction program

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä’s EnergoProFin, an energy saving propeller cap, which delivers average fuel savings of 2%, has been listed in the 2019 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program. The Program provides harbour dues discounts for vessels calling on the Port of Vancouver that meet environmental best practices.

Port of Vancouver expands noise reduction features in protection of whales

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has expanded its industry-leading EcoAction Program, encouraging vessels that call on the Port of Vancouver to quiet the waters for the endangered whale population along the southern coast of British Columbia. Specifically, the program got into force on January 1, 2019. 

BP: More energy is needed with fewer emissions

BP published its Energy outlook for 2019, exploring key uncertainties that could impact global energy markets up until 2040. The greatest uncertainties over this period regard the need for more energy to support rising global economic growth and prosperity, along with the need for faster transition to a lower-carbon future.  The Outlook also analyzes the possible impact of an escalation in trade disputes and the consequences of a tightening in the regulation of plastics.

MOL Techno joins marine environmental protection program

MOL Techno-Trade has joined a Green Award Program to promote high-quality shipping. The program is run by the non-profit Green Award Foundation, which was established with the aim to protect the marine environment and ensure safe operation. The program has as a target to improve the quality of vessels and mariners and protect the marine environment.

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The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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