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Chemical herders improve oil spill cleanup, researchers report

Oil spill is a serious form of pollution, threatening the oceans and the wildlife, making the cleanup operations a major priority. Thus, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University discussed how chemical herders can facilitate the concentration of an oil slick on water.

AMSA signs contract for pollution clean-up operation

According to a recent statement, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has signed a contract with the aim to remove the pollution caused by the container ship YM Efficiency, when it lost 81 containers off Newcastle last year. According to the statement, AMSA is committed to “keeping the local community informed about the clean-up operation and will be holding community information sessions in the new year where members of the public will be given a detailed briefing on how the clean-up will take place and can ask any questions they like.”

Guidelines launched to handle maritime pollution claims

EMSA created some guidelines aiming to provide guidance to claims arising because of maritime pollution incidents. The guidelines include a step by step process to handle such incidents, from the first hour until settling the claim.

220 pounds of ocean trash inside dead sperm whale

About 220 pounds of tangled netting, rope, debris and plastic have been found inside the belly of a dead whale, near to a Scottish beach. The dead sperm whale was found from a local whale research group on November 30, on Luskentyre Beach in the Outer Hebrides.

MSC replies to recent report concerning CO2 emissions

According to a recent statement, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, highlights that is strongly committed to further reducing CO2 emissions; support longer term goals to fully decarbonize shipping and to further ensure its sustainability, in line with EU legislation, and that it is vital “that the raw data reported in the system are analyzed accurately and take operational realities fully into account, to give a realistic picture of the related emissions.”

Ban on exporting hazardous waste to developing countries

It was on Thursday, December 5 when the Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and Their Disposal in 1995, became international law.

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