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Research finds climate connection between whales and krill

CSIRO published a research according to which the abundance of krill could impact future whale populations in the Southern Hemisphere such as Blue, Southern Right and Fin whale. The impact of whaling from the previous century drove a number of whale species almost to extinction, with some species still below their pre-whaling numbers.

US and Canadian regulations in protection of whales

Gard, in light of February 16 being ‘World Whale Day’, published a revision on US and Canadian regulations and recommendations concerning whales, aiming at reducing collisions between North Atlantic right whales and ships. ‘World Whale Day’ held annually on the third Saturday in February, was founded in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, to honour humpback whales, which swim off its coast.

Shell joins W2C Rotterdam project for sustainable fuels

Shell joined as equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and the Port of Rotterdam in the W2C, a proposed project to be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and bio-fuels out of non-recyclable waste materials.

Maersk urges parties for innovative solutions in the next 5-10 years

Maersk announced its plans on becoming a carbon neutral company by 2050. The efforts are in line with the shipping industry’s push to halve its carbon footprint by 2050 compared to 2008. The company supports that the efficiency will keep shipping emissions as is, and not reduce them or eliminate them.

EU invests over €10 billion in innovative clean technologies

On 26 February, the European Commission announced an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness. This seeks to ensure that Europe continues to be at the top of the league as regards new high-value patents for clean energy technologies. 

Barbados ban single use plastics

Barbados became the latest Caribbean Community country to ban the import, retail, sale and use of single use plastic products. Products such as single-use plastic cups, cutlery, stirrers, straws; plates, egg trays, and Styrofoam containers used in the culinary retail industry will be banned from April 1. Plastic bottles used in the production of juices will not be subjected to the ban.

Singapore focuses on the protection of the marine environment

The Centre for International Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS) organised a conference on Regional Cooperation for the Protection of the Marine Environment. The Conference was conducted to discuss collaborative efforts by existing regional bodies and platforms and also find ways to enhance the state of the marine environment in the region. 

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.

More investments needed to accomplish a climate-neutral Europe by 2050

SEA EUROPE stated that with 90% of international trade, 80% of the EU’s external trade and 40% of the EU’s internal trade carried by water, shipping is vital for trade. In the meantime, shipping accounts for the 3.1% of CO2 emissions. Should no actions to be taken, shipping emissions could exceed the 250% by 2050. 

Norway 203040: Accelerating transition to a low-carbon economy

Norway 203040 is a business-led climate initiative. Its mission is to enhance the transition to a low-carbon economy and support Norway in achieving its national climate commitments by 2030. The coalition aspires to demonstrate, to businesses and the government, the business potential that exists in the low-carbon economy and help boost the transition.

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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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