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Spill reported after tanker collides with barges in Houston Ship Channel

A tanker collided with a tug pushing two barges on May 10, leading to the closure of the Houston Ship Channel. According to the US Coast Guard an unknown amount of product has been spilled from the barges, with sources reporting that the amount is about 9,000 barrels. USCG added that there were no injuries.

Philippines is amongst the top 5 polluters globally

CNN Philippines highlighted the fact that they’re amongst the top 5 polluters, referring to the striking example of a young goosed beaked whale that died in the Davao Gulf as researchers pulled out approximately 90 pounds of plastic from inside it.

Is regulating black carbon possible?

According to Air&Waste Management Association, in the assumption that the shipping industry was a country, it would have been the sixth largest GHG emitter, producing more emissions than Germany. The Association supports that although IMO’s decision on the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, they seem to ignore another pollutant, second to the carbon dioxide, the black carbon.

Gard joins Norwegian cleaning local initiative

Gard presents Norway’s local approach on the problem of pollution, as Norwegians teamed up to clean marine litter from Norway’s shoreline. The majority of plastics found on the shorelines, sea surface and sea floor are not biodegradable so discarded or lost plastic items accumulate over time on shorelines.

USCG monitors natural gas release in Gulf of Mexico

The US Coast Guard informed that it is monitoring a natural gas and condensate leak from an orphan well, located four nautical miles southeast of Bob Hall Pier near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday, May 9. The US Coast Guard is cooperating with the Railroad Commission of Texas, Texas General Land Office and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to monitor and secure the release.

USCG evaluates oil removal operations on wrecked tanker

The USCG contracted Resolve Marine Group to research and assess the proportion of oil remaining on the Coimbra wreck, located approximately 30 miles southeast of Shinnecock, N.Y. In the possibility that the oil remaining in the area is substantial and feasible, USCG will cooperate with Resolve to remove the oil from the wreck, with the goal to mitigate the possibilities of pollution to the environment.

Shipping industry should focus more on plastic debris regulations

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) collaborated with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to provide a wider industry perspective concerning the challenges,management practices and attitudes regarding marine plastics in the shipping industry.

OPA 90: The recipe for success, lessons learned and further actions to be taken

There is an ongoing consensus in the shipping industry that Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) is by far the most effective implemented legislation worldwide. But what differentiates the success of this regulation from several other regimes concerning maritime like SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, ISM or TMSA? Furthermore, should we expect any regulatory updates? And, is there further need to improve the level of understanding and the level of implementation of the OPA 90?

US to be affected if UN signs plastic waste pact

Reuters reports that countries are close to an agreement on tighten controls on trade in plastic waste, which would make it harder for the US, as a leading exporter, to ship unsorted plastic to emerging Asian economies for disposal.

Lukoil’s Arctic oil spill response technology receives approval

State Expert Review Agency approved Lukoil’s oil spill response technology. Based on the use of absorbents and biotechnologies, the technology is designed specifically for marine and freshwater ecosystems of the Arctic region. The technology has strains of microorganisms that can be used in the Arctic regions, where application of conventional oil containment and skimming techniques is obstructed by the harsh environment.

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