A study published in Nature Communications revealed that the increase in large plastic pollution has been happening since 1957, with a significant increase since the 1990s. The study on marine plastic wasn’t the teams priority, as they were in the beginning studying plankton.
IMCA issued a safety flash that focused on a pollution accident that occurred during bunkering operations. Specifically, the incident took place as the vessel took bunkers supplied by five tanker trucks, one after the other. Because of difficulties during the bunkering operations, the hose was loosened resulting to the oil spill. As a result, the local Coast Guard was informed and arrived at the area of the incident.
Greenpeace activists climbed down from the West Hercules drilling rig in Norway, owned by Seadrill, opposing to oil and gas explorations in light of the protection of the environment. The rig, Norwegian Arctic, is to be used the following month by Equinor for the exploration of oil and gas.
ITOPF published a Handbook, containing valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in oil spills, chemicals or other substances from ships. The 2019/20 edition has been fully revised, introducing new graphics, further information on ITOPF’s technical services and a brand new section on different types of marine spills.
The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) issued a statement according to which it has received written approvals and no-objection letters from several Port Authorities around the world indicating they have no intention of banning the use of open-loop scrubbers in their waters.
The US Coast Guard is working with contractors on April 27, to mitigate the possible pollution threat posed by a derelict barge on the shoreline of Womens Bay on Kodiak Island. USCG verified an approximate 300-yard long, 1-yard wide, patchy, rainbow-colored sheen coming from near the barge that has been grounded on shoreline of the southeast corner of Womens Bay for several years.
UK unveiled the first UK-wide map of underwater noise made by ships. Researchers from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Suffolk used data captured from microphones placed on the seabed to identify “hotspots”.
The UK Government has backed plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected ‘no-take’ Marine Protected Area (MPA) – closing the offshore area to any fishing activity and safeguarding important marine habitats.
Rising global maritime traffic could lead to sharp increases in invasive species around the world over the next 30 years, according to a recent study by McGill University researchers. The findings suggest that shipping growth will far outweigh climate change in the spread of non-indigenous pests.
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.
Researchers find wreck of last slave ship off Alabama26/05/2019
Mercy Ships marks 100,000th free surgery onboard26/05/2019
Physical activity important for seafarers' wellbeing26/05/2019
Nigeria should find a solution on cadets' unemployment25/05/2019
US Navy sailors conduct firefighting exercise25/05/2019
Explaining High Seas Forecasts25/05/2019
Infographic: Open loop scrubber issue from the insurer's perspective24/05/2019
Fire safety in the spotlight: Discussing the aftermath of blazing vessels24/05/2019
Updates an implications of Vessel Incidental Discharge Act24/05/2019
Port of Houston sees 9% increase on tonnage, year-on-year24/05/2019