Small oil parts originated from the sunken con/ro ‘Grande America’ are still washing up on certain beaches in Loire-Atlantique and Vendée, in the west coast of France, according to maritime agency Premar Atlantique. A few tens of kilograms of pollutants as well as several birds carrying traces of oil were recovered.
The IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 7) agreed on a draft regulation on heavy fuel oil (HFO) use and carriage in the Arctic, but denounced the inclusion of loopholes in the text, which means the ban will not come into effect until 2029, the Clean Arctic Alliance informed.
Operators should be aware of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships and the requirement that Owners/Operators of any ship carrying polluting and hazardous cargoes in bulk, or any other ship above 10,000 GT enter into a pollution clean-up contract with a Ship Pollution Response Organisation (SPRO) before the ship enters a PRC port or engages in loading, discharge or ship-to-ship transfers outside of the port but within 20 nautical miles off shore.
The second phase of Caladan Oceanic’s 2020 deep-diving expeditions has been completed as the sub pilot and explorer Victor Vescovo and Prince Albert II of Monaco dived at the bottom of Calypso Deep. The dive also revealed that the human contamination has affected the deepest point in the Mediterranean sea.
In the context of Black and Caspian Sea Project, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) awarded Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) for the provision of Oil pollution, Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC) training to European Neighbouring Partner (ENP) countries’ OPRC national staff centres.
US Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard signed the newly revised Dixon Entrance Annex to the national Canada-United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan in Juneau.
Oil spill is a major form of pollution and has negative impacts upon the marine environment. In order to face its affects, scientists from Flinders University in Adelaide along with the Australian Government and other collaborators, developed a material which can absorb oil spills.
A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami, which was published at Science Advances, revealed that the oil spread from the famous Deepwater Horizon oil spill was expanded in many more areas than what was shown in satellite data.
An Australian startup, rise-x.io, is collaborating with DNV GL and the National University Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Statistics and Applied Probability on a project that will tackle illegal bunkering. The algorithms that will be used in the project, will firstly be verified for their suitability and they will be integrated directly into rise-x.io’s QuayChain platform.
Activists with the Clean Up Carnival Coalition conducted a press conference outside the National Park Service’s Anchorage Regional Office in Alaska and presented a petition that was signed by more than 46,000 people who call for the suspension of Carnival Corporation’s cruise ship permits in Glacier Bay National Park.
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