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ITOPF: Number of oil tanker spills in 2019 the lowest in 50 years

The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) issued its oil spill statistics, noting a continuing decrease at the frequency of oil spills from tankers. With one large and two medium oil spills in 2019, the number in 2019 was the lowest in 50 years, ITOPF notes. 

Single-use plastic ban: Updates in India

The Director General of Shipping in India issued an addendum on the regulation of banning single-use plastic in Indian waters, providing details concerning a delayed timetable for the introduction of the ban on plastics.

NCL eliminates single-use plastic beverage bottles

Following the trend around the ban of single-use plastics, the Norwegian Cruise Line announced that is now single-use plastic beverage bottle free across its fleet. The company announced a collaboration with JUST® Goods, Inc., which helped the cruise line change all single-use plastic water bottles across its 17-ship fleet, beginning with its most recent ship, Norwegian Encore.

Wärtsilä donates the first Seabin in East Asia

According to a recent statement, Wärtsilä, the technology group, installed a Seabin at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the first Seabin to be donated in East Asia- bringing the Seabin Project’s floating rubbish bins around the world. The launch ceremony was held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and attracted members of the Yacht Club as well as many others who were excited to see the innovative floating rubbish bin in action first-hand.

Oil from sunken barge in Galapagos causes concerns

A situation involving a sunken barge in the Galapagos Islands which was carrying 600 gallons of diesel is under control but authorities are ‘very concerned’ about the vessel’s recovery, said Ecuador’s environment minister, Raul Ledesma. 

Bahrain issues restrictions on scrubber water discharge

The Gulf Agency Company Ltd (GAC) published information issued by the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications concerning the  use of exhaust gas cleaning systems, so that interested parties are compliant with IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap, which has come into force.

Untreated ballast water: 5 invasive species causing marine disruption

The untreated ballast water has a negative impact on the marine species and marine environment, often resulting to the increase of the non-native organisms, disrupting the food chain, interfering with infrastructure by incapacitating power plants, disrupting water supply, and spreading deadly diseases.

Sponge removing oil from water developed

University of Toronto researchers have developed a new strategy to remove tiny oil droplets from wastewater with more than 90% efficiency in just 10 minutes, using a sponge. The work continued expertise from a previous prototype, that could remove more than 95% of the oil in the samples tested.


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