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Shipping companies falsify oil record book, fined $1.8 million

The US Department of Justice fined two shipping companies, incorporated in Liberia, for failing to notify the USCG  of a hazardous condition on one of their vessels and to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by presenting false documents to the Coast Guard that covered up vessel oil pollution.

Investigation set for oil spill contaminating Brazil’s beaches

An oily substance in the form of lumps of black tar has been found on an extensive area of Brazil’s North Eastern coast, as reported by Proinde, club correspondents. The Brazilian Navy’s Integrated Maritime Safety Centre is carrying out an investigation on the maritime traffic in the area comprising of about 36,000 square nautical miles in Brazil’s exclusive economic zone, targeting mostly oil tankers.

Greenpeace board Shell’s Brent Bravo platform

Greenpeace activists boarded the remains of the Brent Bravo production platform in protest of Shell’s plan to abandon four platform jackets and the oily waste they contain, supporting that Shell should remove the structures in line with the terms of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR).

First images of damaged Iranian tanker and its oil leakage

The Iranian news outlet Shana published the first images of the damaged tanker Sabiti, which was hit by missiles in the Red Sea, last week, off Saudi Arabia’s coast and suffered two hull breaches, while Iranian PMO’s Managing Director Mohammad Rastad commented that it was definitely a missile hit.

Cargo leakage from Iranian tanker stopped

After the Iranian oil tanker Sabiti was hit by missiles in the Red Sea, last week, off Saudi Arabia’s coast, leakage of cargo has been stopped. The ship is now heading for the Gulf, while the incident has not been independently confirmed yet, and there is no claim of responsibility.

Golden Ray’s oil is being monitored

The USCG announced that they will continue their attempts to keep the marine environment safe in the area where Golden Ray grounded, as following the improved weather conditions on-water response has resumed and lightering operations have already removed 200,000 gallons of fuel from the vessel.

Leaking RoRo shipwreck off Sweden to be emptied of oil

The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (HaV) announced it will empty oil from the ‘Finnbirch’ shipwreck, which has been leaking oil for over a year, off Öland, posing an environmental risk for local ecosystems of the Baltic Sea. 

Panama Canal bans open loop scrubbers

Panama Canal announced that open loop scrubbers are banned from the area under the condition that the vessels are equipped with a type approved closed-loop exhaust gas cleaning system. The Panama Canal has been added to the list of ports and regions that ban the use of open loop scrubbers.

Amoco Cadiz oil spill: The largest loss of marine life ever

Last week, SAFETY4SEA remembered the Torrey Canyon oil spill, which claimed the title of the worst environmental tanker disaster in March 1967. The sinking of the Amoco Cadiz more than a decade later came to claim again the title of the world’s worst oil spill, putting another dark spot in the environmental record of shipping.

New limits of liability under OPA 90

On 13 August 2019, the US Coast Guard published a final rule, increasing the limits of liability for vessels under US Oil Pollution Act 1990 (OPA 90) from 12 November 2019. OPA 90 adjusts the limits of liability, based on increases in Consumer Price Index (CPI) not less than ever three years.

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