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China focuses on green development along Belt and Road

China officially launched Thursday the International Coalition for Green Development on the Belt and Road, which could serve as an international platform for Chinese and foreign leading agencies to cooperate in research and make recommendations on key issues, as well as facilitate international dialogue.

Actions toward improving safety and environmental sustainability of shipping

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Forum, Mr. Christopher Saunders, Global Marine Process Manager, RightShip, firstly provided an overview of RightShip’s risk rating to make delegates familiar with the organization’s vetting platform. Then, he moved on to explain how the industry must lead the sustainability charge and operate beyond compliance.

Port of Seattle adopts plan to improve sustainability

The Port of Seattle adopted its workplan for the Energy and Sustainability Committee on April 23. The Port identified four areas of focus to improve environmental and community health in Puget Sound and tackle climate change. These are a more sustainable aviation; Sustainable Project Framework Resolution; development of the Port’s Waterfront Clean Energy Strategic Plan; Maritime Blue Maritime Inspiration Awards; and environmental stewardship into New Cruise Terminal.

Environmental challenges toward 2020

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Conference, Mr Martin Dorsman, Secretary-General, ECSA, described how the shipping industry will meet the 2020 sulphur cap. Mr. Dorsman explained what the challenges will be and what the industry can do to mitigate them.

Research could improve design of Large Marine Protected Areas

A recent research paper attempted to identify the gaps in large Marine Protection Areas research, summarizing the research needed to inform the management and design of large MPAs. The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project worked for this project with scientists from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

Coastal communities depend on high seas, study says

The UK National OceanographyCentre focused on key areas of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Pacific that should be designated protected areas in order to safeguard vulnerable coastal communities’ livelihoods. The research is based on experiments designed to establish the origins of Least Developed Countries’ coastal waters.

Fiji issues its Low Emission Development Strategy to UNFCCC

The Fiji Government has become the 11th country to submit its long-term strategy (LTS) for low emission development 2018-2050 to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Fiji’s Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) sets as a priority the long-term emission reductions and also sets long-term sustainable and resilient economy-wide mitigation pathways until 2050.

UK eyes new Marine Protected Area in its waters

The UK Government has backed plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected ‘no-take’ Marine Protected Area (MPA) – closing the offshore area to any fishing activity and safeguarding important marine habitats.

Hapag-Lloyd plans to reduce its emissions 20% until 2020

Hapag-Lloyd published its Sustainability Report, saying that it is on track to reduce its CO2 emissions per TEU-kilometre by 20% by 2020, in comparison to the base year 2016. The company is achieving that by focusing on increasing energy efficiency, applying stricter requirements for newbuilds and reducing bunker consumption.

Port Tampa Bay presents its historic wildlife

Port Tampa Bay has already finished its dredging project with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Commission. The project presented a nesting area that accommodates critically endangered shoreline birds. 


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