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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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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