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European Parliament suggests ways to boost plastics recycling

Members of the European Parliament proposed new incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020. This non-binding draft resolution was adopted on September 13 with 597 votes to 15 and 25 abstentions.

Buckeye Terminal re-opens after oil spill

The US Coast Guard informed that the Buckeye Terminal is now fully operational, with the opening of the south dock on September 13. The terminal had closed due to a diesel oil spill that happened on September 6. There were no reports of injuries or impacted wildlife, while the cause of the spill is under investigation.

Oil removal from ‘Manolis L’ concluded

Under an agreement with the Canadian Coast Guard, wreck removal specialist Ardent Global LLC. completed the removal of the oil that was still in the storage tanks of the ‘Manolis L’ wreck. The Liberian-flagged timber carrier sank in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Notre Dame Bay in 1985.

Diesel spill clean up continues at Port Reading

The Unified Command at Port Reading, New Jersey, continues to respond to and clean up a diesel fuel oil spill that occurred Thursday night at the Buckeye Terminal. As of Sunday afternoon, an estimated 50,000 gallons of oily product has been recovered during clean-up operations.

US suits company over pollution crimes

The US have filed a civil enforcement action against Azure Fishery LLC, the company’s managers, the operator of the commercial fishing vessel Jaxon T, and the new owner of the vessel for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The US also lodged a partial settlement to resolve the claims against the two company managers.

The world’s first ocean cleanup system officially launched

The Dutch non-profit organization Ocean Cleanup announced the official launch of the world’s first ocean cleanup system from the San Francisco Bay. The cleanup system is heading to a location 240 nm offshore for a two-week trial, before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

USCG updates circular on sewage compliance

USCG issued an updated Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular on “Voluntary Compliance with International Sewage Regulations in Annex IV TO MARPOL 73/78.” The update incorporates changes by IMO MEPC 62 and Resolution MEPC 64 and provides additional guidance for owners, operators and manufacturers.

Marine incident causes oil spill off Port Arthur

An estimated 13,272 gallons of marine diesel fuel was discharged in the water, after an accident involving the towing vessel ‘Savage Pathfinder’ and the motor vessel ‘Endurance’ at Dock 4 near Port Arthur, Texas, Wednesday evening. The source of the leak has been secured.

World’s first ocean cleanup system ready to launch

Maersk will provide marine support to The Ocean Cleanup organisation by installing a pilot clean-up system in the Pacific. This will be the world’s first major initiative for collection of plastic from the ocean and it will be launched on September 8. The system will start from Ocean Cleanup’s assembly yard in Alameda, through the San Francisco Bay, toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 


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