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Climate change will impact key shipping routes, UK report says

The UK’s Ministry of Defence has launched a report, presenting the threats that climate change poses both for the shipping industry and trade routes. Namely, the report says that shipping will be among the sector that will be hit the hardest by climate change, as trade routes could be disrupted due to extreme weather.

Eco-project focuses on protecting Baltic Sea through digitalization

ECOPRODIGY addresses both the environmental and economic challenges posed by increasing eco-efficiency at all stages of the vessel lifecycle from design and building to the use, maintenance, stowage as well as conversion processes. DFDS was the most recent addition to the project.

New sailing concept tested for smaller environmental impact

French cruise company Ponant and Saint-Nazaire-based maritime shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique have teamed up to test a revolutionary sailing system on the company’s vessel ‘Le Ponant’, expected to significantly reduce energy consumption tied to propulsion and thus minimize the operation’s environmental footprint. 

Russia urged to stop capturing wild Orcas

In a letter delivered Monday to the Far East office of the Russian Federal Service for Overseeing Natural Resources, 25 whale and dolphin biologists from across the world noted that capturing is highly stressful to free-ranging orcas, leading to injuries, deaths, fractured social networks within pods and potential long-term population declines.

Study monitors whales from space

Scientists have used high-resolution satellite images to detect, measure and describe four different species of whales. This study is considered a big step towards developing a method to study whales in remote and inaccessible places, in order to help scientists monitor them an understand their behaviour.

Sea level rise threatens Mediterranean UNESCO heritage sites

A study, published in Nature Communications, reports that of 49 World Heritage Sites located on low-lying Mediterranean coasts and 37 of them face the risk of damage from floods and 42 of them face the risk from coastal erosion due to the constant sea-level rise. Flood risk may rise by 50% and erosion by 13% across the Mediterranean, with risks at some individual sites considerably higher.

Whale populations are recovering according to IUCN

The Fin Whale is now listed as Vulnerable, previously listed as Endangered, in the IUCN Red List, according to recent update, as the global population of the species has roughly doubled since the 1970s. The nearly complete protection of Fin Whales throughout their range has allowed the global population to reach around 100,000 mature individuals.

Investing in Coral Reefs is an urgent action to save them

Investing to coral reefs, in order to avoid their continuous reduction, could have multiple advantages for Indonesia’s and Mesoamerican Reef’s economic conditions, according to a new report. The current decline will have as a result for the world to lose up to 90% of its coral reefs in the next 30 years. That is why, private investing into coral reefs is an urgent action that could help the world’s major ecosystems.

California: AFS Certificate not enough to comply with biofouling regs

California recently shared its experience from the first year of enforcing Biofouling Management Regulations, that apply to vessels arriving at California ports from 1 October 2017. The California State Lands Commission emphasised that the International AFS Certificate issued by a vessel’s flag state is not enough to document effectiveness of a vessel’s antifouling coating.

US Navy completes oil removal from atomic bomb test ship

The US Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving successfully removed 229,000 gallons of oil from the sunken World War II vessel, ex-Prinz Eugen located in the Kwajalein Atoll. Each oil-filled, accessible tank was hot tapped, pumped free of recoverable oil, and sealed to prevent any leakage.


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UK MAIB: Safety lessons learned from fishing vessel sinking
competency assessment
OCIMF: Seafarers’ behavioural competence assessment
wreck removal
IMO focuses on wreck removal challenges
Arctic Ballast Emissions Fuels Green Shipping Pollution Ship Recycling Technology
Arctic’s sea ice bottoms as carbon emissions peak
Understanding marine biofouling: How anti-fouling systems prevent growth
hammerfest lng leak
Breaches of regulations identified at Hammerfest LNG leak
Connectivity Cyber Security E-navigation Energy Efficiency Maritime Software Smart
Watch: Copernicus on coastal vulnerability assessment
Vopak tests drones for safer inspection
NSSLGlobal: Digitalisation, AI and smart connectivity are setting maritime industry’s agenda
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
paris mou
Ship denied access to Paris MoU region for 3 months
employment discrimination
Shipyard labor contractors fined for employment discrimination
oily waste at sea
US court fines Navimax for discharging oily waste at sea
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
Ocean Health Index 2018 assessment to note avg score for the oceans is 70 out of 100
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Overview of three key ship types markets in 2018
shipping industry
Navis: Trends for shipping industry in 2019
Finance Fishery Infographic Maritime Knowledge Offshore Ports Reports Shipbuilding Short Sea Yachting
offshore wind
US BOEM reminds the start of US’s 8th offshore wind auction
psa norway
PSA Norway orders companies to fix lifeboat issues
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Costruction begins on one of the biggest European offshore projects
NSSLGlobal: Digitalisation, AI and smart connectivity are setting maritime industry’s agenda
ship recycling
EU ship recycling regulation could fail to meet its target as it fails to accept realities
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