MPA Singapore published a circular reminding to all ships supplying and receiving bunkers in the Port of Singapore that bunkering related oil spills generally take place because of operational lapses and could be avoided if all necessary precautions are taken.
BBC highlighted the hazardous environmental impact of containers falling overboard, even when they are empty. The discussion focused on ‘Maersk Shanghai’ container vessel that sank in 2018 and the majority of the containers it was transferring were lost in sea.
Humanitarian Affairs Chief Mark Lowcock alerted the UN Security Council that an aging oil tanker moored outside Yemen’s Hodeidah port was at risk of exploding. The moored tanker was close to Yemen’s recently demilitarized Hodeidah port. During his speech, he highlighted that ‘The spill could reach from Bab el Mandeb to the Suez Canal, and potentially as far as the Strait of Hormuz.’
The Ocean Cleanup announced that it will re-deploy the revamped System 001/B last week. Specifically, the system is scheduled to arrive at the test scene on June 25. The system halted operations as it faced a couple of challenges.
The Government of Canada announced earlier in 2019 that it is investing $2.4 million in scientific research at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, to boost knowledge on oil spill response as part of its efforts to keep its oceans clean, safe and healthy.
Although existing regulations –particularly MARPOL and the London Convention– explicitly prohibit the dumping of plastic at sea, these frameworks have their limitations, said IMarEST in a recent report on marine plastics.
Improve the analytics and knowledge base on marine pollution and water quality is key for restoring damaged ecosystems and protecting the Caribbean’s marine resources, said the World Bank in a recent report, examining how marine pollution in the Caribbean threatens the region’s resilience to climate change.
At the end of May, California Senate passed the ‘California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act’ according to which the producer manufacturers and retailers in California should reduce the waste generated by single-use packaging and products by 75% by 2030 through producing less plastic, recycling more of it, making reusable packaging, or using compostable materials.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority published a report, along with additional stakeholders, focusing on an exercise based on an oil spill scenario in waters near remote communities in the Torres Strait. The Exercise Torres 2018 practised a multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional response to an oil spill.
New Zealand’s Cabinet has approved the mid-point review of the Oil Pollution Levy (OPL) to reflect updated risk and to ensure Maritime NZ can deliver on the current Marine Oil Spill Readiness and Response Strategy. The OPL funds New Zealand’s maritime oil pollution preparedness and response system.
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