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Vessel owner and chief engineer face pollution charges in US court

A federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware, returned a six-count indictment on April 23, charging Chartworld Shipping Corporation, Nederland Shipping Corporation, and Chief Engineer Vasileios Mazarakis with failing to keep accurate pollution control records, falsifying records, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering, the Justice Department announced.

ROV stops minor oil spills from Grande America wreck

Ocean Infinity, a seabed survey and ocean exploration company, confirmed that, after an agreement with Ardent, it has completed a project regarding an urgent subsea search, inspection and operations on the wreck of the MV Grande America, which sank in the Bay of Biscay on 12 March. In addition, several light leaks of oil were noted through the vents on some of the ship’s seawater ballasts from its fuel tanks.

Scientists find oil-eating bacteria in the Mariana Trench

An international team of researchers has discovered a new group of oil-eating bacteria in the mysterious ecosystem of the Mariana Trench, according to a study published in the journal Microbiome. Located in the Western Pacific, the deepest part of the trench lies a staggering 36,200 feet below sea-level. If you were to place Mount Everest at the bottom, the peak would still be around 7,000 feet from the surface.

Oil spill dispersant market to reach US$ 23.6 billion by 2026

The global Oil Spill Dispersant Market is anticipated to grow at a constant CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) around 3% during 2019-2026 and reach the market value around USD 23.6 billion, according to a new report by Acumen Research and Consulting.

d’Amico to pay $4 million for pollution from its vessel

According to the US Department of Justice, d’Amico, Italian shipping company, is called to pay $4 million for Concealment of pollution from one of its vessels. In the meantime, the shipping company will be placed on probation for four years after violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships in the US.

Significant rise in ocean plastics in last 60 years

There has been a significant increase in larger plastic items such as bags, rope and netting (macroplastics) from 1957 to 2016, according to a new study by scientists at the British University of Plymouth and the Marine Biological Association.

Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking in the US

A US Federal judge threatened that she might block Carnival Corporation from docking cruise ships at ports in the US as punishment for a possible probation violation. The cruise company has been on five years probation, from April 2017, as part of a $40m settlement for dumping oil into the ocean illegally from its Princess Cruises ships and subsequently lying about the scheme, according to court filings.

Satellite images provide info on possible slick offshore Indonesia

SkyTruth, environmental monitoring organization that watches for illegal activity using satellite data, spotted a slick near the Northern tip of Indonesia’s Bangka Belitung Islands. The slick was captured by radar satellite, Sentinel-1, on the evening of January 8, 2019.

Nordic countries urge for global agreement on plastics

In a joint declaration during the Nordic Council 2019 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Nordic ministers for the environment, pushed for a new global agreement on the reduction and prevention of plastic waste and microplastics discharged into the sea. 

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