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Partners cooperate to protect Asia’s marine environment

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.

Humpback whale comes to shore in Oban

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.

2019 GREEN4SEA Conference to take place in Athens next week

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.

Port of Rotterdam extends incentives to all Green Award tankers

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.

Canada’s marine refuges must be upgraded, report notes

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.

European countries must take action to reduce underwater noise, report says

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 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.

New expedition to further explore Indian ocean depths

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.

Poll

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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