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IMO to enhance spill preparedness in Northwest Pacific

IMO is trying to enhance regional cooperation to mitigate oil and hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) spills in the Northwest Pacific region. Under this, a Marine Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response Regional Activity Centre (MERRAC) took place in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 17 to 20 July.

USCG investigates fishing vessel for discharging oil

The US Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, along with the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, and the Coast Guard Investigative Service agents are investigating the fishing vessel Mark I for knowingly discharging oil overboard in Canadian waters.

Top European countries moving ahead on plastics policy

In late May, the European Commission put forward a proposal to ban 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas. However, a number of European countries have already gone ahead with their own laws to combat plastic pollution.

Singapore, Malaysia conduct joint chemical spill exercise

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Marine Department of Malaysia carried out a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East Johor Strait to test the Joint Emergency Response Plan for Chemical Spill Incidents in the East Johor Strait. 

How drones and AI can help tackle plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is, without any doubt, causing big problems. However, up until recently, not many were aware of the full scale of the problem. Thus, by using drones the size of plastic pollution can be measured more easily. This will inform more people, and will provide solutions to tackle it.

EU, UN Environment agree on new roadmap for cleaner oceans

UN Environment and the European Commission will cooperate through the 2018 Oceans Roadmap 2.0 to address the threats of pollution and marine litter, in line with UN Environment and EC international commitments and the implementation of ocean related Sustainable Development Goals.

Mauritius to ban plastic disposal at sea

The Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping of Mauritius is finalising regulations to ban disposal of plastic at sea. Namely, the country will give legal force to Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) which was signed by Mauritius in 1995. 

A 10-step roadmap for policymakers against ocean plastics

A recent report by UN Environment, examining the state of plastic pollution in 2018, finds a surging momentum in global efforts to address plastic pollution. The first-of-its-kind accounting finds plastic bag bans, if properly enforced, can effectively counter one of the causes of plastic overuse.

China amends discharge standard for water pollutants

In line with continuous efforts to minimize pollution both on air and in the water, the Chinese government has issued amended Discharge Standard for Water Pollutants from Ships, which has become effective from 1 July 2018, according to Hatai Insurance Agency.

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