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UK supports Overseas Territories’ biodiversity

The UK Government launched a Call for Evidence on safeguarding biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories. Many Overseas Territories are important  in their ecological richness, containing over 90 per cent of the UK’s marine and terrestrial nature.They are hubs for biodiversity with approximately 3,300 species, but they are vulnerable to environmental change. 

Climate adaptation is important to fight climate change

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) focused on the fact that the risks to transportation, coming from climate change, especially coastal transport infrastructure, threaten global trade and development. Damage, disruption and delays that may be caused by extreme weather events and climate change pose a huge economic risk to closely interlinked global supply chains.

Gard joins Norwegian cleaning local initiative

Gard presents Norway’s local approach on the problem of pollution, as Norwegians teamed up to clean marine litter from Norway’s shoreline. The majority of plastics found on the shorelines, sea surface and sea floor are not biodegradable so discarded or lost plastic items accumulate over time on shorelines.

MACN launches survey to tackle corruption in the Black Sea

As MACN reports, corruption is one of the most challenging risks for any business, and doing business in Ukraine is no exception. In Ukraine, the shipping industry faces challenges such as in connection with documentation handling and controls of on board practices regarding waste disposal, and ballast water discharge among others.

Canada announces speed restriction measures to protect whales

Transport Canada has implemented new seasonal speed restriction zones that ships must follow in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canada has put these zones in place to reduce the risk of fatal strikes to North Atlantic right whales by transiting vessels. Vessels must proceed at a speed of not more than 10 knots over the ground in the speed restriction zones.

Britannia the first P&I Club to join MACN

Britannia announced that it has become the first P&I Club to be accepted as a member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). By joining MACN, Britannia aspires to provide the Network with input from an insurance sector perspective. MACN Director, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, commented on the importance of Britannia joining the Network, saying that the effect of maritime corruption is felt across the industry.

Shipping industry should focus more on plastic debris regulations

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) collaborated with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to provide a wider industry perspective concerning the challenges,management practices and attitudes regarding marine plastics in the shipping industry.

WOC joins alliance to promote ocean sustainability under UN SDGs

The World Ocean Council (WOC) – the Global Blue Economy Business Organization – announced it has become an official ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance, aiming to advance development of sustainability criteria for global ocean business community.

Cruise sector supports sustainability with New Manifesto

During an international cruise conference that took place in Copenhagen, 29 cruise destinations signed the Cruise Baltic Sustainability Manifesto, a manifesto pledging increased sustainability in the Baltic Sea region’s ports and cities.

Ocean plastic keeps rising, study says

A study published in Nature Communications revealed that the increase in large plastic pollution has been happening since 1957, with a significant increase since the 1990s. The study on marine plastic wasn’t the teams priority, as they were in the beginning studying plankton.

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