An International Conference on Regional Cooperation for the Protection of the Marine Environment, organised by the Centre for International Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS), discussed cooperative efforts by regional bodies and platforms, and ways to improve the state of the marine environment in the region.
HM Coastguard was called into action after a 25ft humpback whale beached itself at Oban in Scotland, on 28 February. A multi-agency response was called for with Oban, Appin and Inveraray Coastguard Rescue Teams all sent along with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.
One week left for the largest green shipping conference globally to take place in Athens, Greece. The 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference is scheduled as a full day event on Wednesday, 13th of March 2019 at the Lighthouse of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. After thought provoking discussions on industry’s sustainable future, this event comes to address the burning issue of decarbonisation.
The Port of Rotterdam extended its incentive to reward LPG and LNG carriers and oil, product and chemical tankers of any size certified by Green Award. From 1st of January, 2019, every liquid bulk carrier of any size registered to Green Award will benefit from a discount on the vessels’ port dues when calling at Rotterdam. A discount of 15% on the vessels’ port dues related to the GT-size will also apply.
Norsepower, a clean technology and engineering company, announced that the Rotor Sail Solution received the first-ever type approval design certificate granted to an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship.
In line with its sustainability policy Port of Ust-Luga, Leningrad Region based Murltipurpose Reloading Complex has allocated RUB 3.92 million for the 2018 environmental protection. This constitutes an 11% increase than a year earlier. RUB 2.3 million was spent on modernization and maintenance of MRC’ environmental facilities.
A recent report from SeaBlue Canada indicates that over half of Canada’s marine refuges, which is a form of marine protected area in Canada, do not comply with international standards. Despite the fact that Canada has made important progress to protect its marine and coastal environment, the report notes that stronger standards are needed to sustain biodiversity.
A recent report by OceanCare, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Seas at Risk and Natural Resources Defense Council, found that the EU could fail to protect marine wildlife from the impacts of intense underwater noise levels by 2020, despite a requirement to do so under EU marine law. The report raises concerns that despite evidence that noise sources are damaging marine species, some governments continue to call for further research instead of taking action.
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.
Scientists will carry out a years-long mission to further explore the Indian Ocean. The scientists aim to document changes that are happening underneath the sea level, and that are able to impact billions of people in the region during the coming decades. The so-called ‘Nekton Mission’ will carry out dives in other parts of the Indian Ocean over the course of three years.
Kenya maritime authority boosts effort to tackle ship pollution24/03/2019
Watch: MOL trials underwater drone for vessel bottom inspection24/03/2019
New Zealand to adapt MARPOL Annex VI in reducing shipping emissions23/03/2019
Grande America transported 1.050 tonnes of dangerous goods23/03/2019
US seizes 1 million pounds of smuggled Chinese pork22/03/2019
OPEC crude production falls to lowest level in four years22/03/2019
- Cyber Security
Norsk Hydro cyber-attack a clear indicator of cyber risk22/03/2019
How the Port of Antwerp plans to become a Multi-Fuel Port22/03/2019
Wärtsilä's 10 rules to ensure safety22/03/2019
- PSC Focus
Panama Maritime Authority urges for immediate PSC reporting22/03/2019