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USCG, NOAA set up agreement for whale strandings

The US Coast Guard and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Friday, setting up the framework and responsibilities for coordinated responses to large whale strandings in Long Island Sound and South Shore areas.

Study reveals major changes in global freshwater

In an innovative study, scientists have combined a number of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and to determine why. The study, published in the journal Nature, finds that Earth’s wet land areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier.

Port of San Diego, US navy jointly prepare for sea level rise

The US port of San Diego has formally agreed to coordinate with the US Navy to prepare for potential impacts of sea level rise. At its meeting on 8 May, the Board of Commissioners authorized a Memorandum of Agreement with Commander Navy Region Southwest, the first of its kind between the US navy and a West Coast port.

MAN Diesel & Turbo joins SEA\LNG coalition

SEA\LNG, the coalition aiming to accelerate the  adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, announced that it has added another member in its membership coalition: MAN Diesel & Turbo. SEA/LNG will try to leverage MAN’s focus in converting existing vessels to operate using LNG as a fuel.

NSW Ports to launch environmental incentive for ships

NSW Ports will apply an environmental incentive to vessel related charges imposes at Port Botany and Port Kembla. This initiative aims to reward higher standards of environmental performance in NSW ports. NSW Ports will most probably start from 1 January 2019. The incentive aligns with international approaches.

Port of St. Petersburg triples environmental protection expenses

The increase in expenses is because of the increase in financing for the modernization of environmental facilities. Specifically, the Port improved the water disposal system of the First and Second Port areas, reconstructed sections of the sewage collector, conducted a complex of work on the organization of metering stations in some wastewater releases.

Alaska LNG project devastating for endangered beluga whales

The proposed construction by Alaska Gas Development Corporation of a LNG pipeline and terminal in Cook Inlet, Alaska, could expose nearly half of the population of resident endangered beluga whales to dangerous levels of noise, according to Environmental Investigation Agency.

Marine Protected Area to be created in Santorini

On World Oceans Day, June 5, the Healthy Seas Initiative will collaborate with Cousteau Divers to support the creation of the first marine protected area of the island of Santorini, Greece. The first ever lost or abandoned fishing gear clean up action will be performed at the location which will become the MPA. A well-managed, well-sized, well-protected marine sanctuary will positively affect the marine environment.

High ocean heat charged Hurricane Harvey

According to a new analysis led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in the weeks before Hurricane Harvey tore across the Gulf of Mexico and plowed into the Texas coast in August 2017, the Gulf’s waters were warmer than any time on record. This fueled Hurricane Harvey. The study was published in the journal Earth’s Future.

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program to tackle piracy in asia
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arctic shipping
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gothenburg protocol
UK to ratify protocol to limit air pollution
2020 sulphur cap
ICS warns of a ‘sulphur cap chaos’ in 2020
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personal data handling
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autonomous shipping
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GMDSS
IMO MSC 99 approves second GMDSS service
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
uscg psc targeting criteria
USCG: PSC targeting criteria
ro psc compliance
USCG: RO PSC compliance performance
ship detentions
Guidance on PSC and flag state detentions for Bahamian-flagged ships
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
stena line
Stena Line: Key sustainable initiatives in 2017
plastic
ABP Humber ports project turns marine litter into shampoo bottles
less bureaucracy
Greece, Cyprus, Malta ask for less bureaucracy to boost shipping sector
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railroad connecting mediterranean and red sea
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ICC Incoterms under revision to keep pace with global trade landscape
trade war
China-US trade war averted