The International Salvage Union published its Pollution Survey results for 2017, noting that last year, it provided 252 services to vessels carrying more than 3.4 million tonnes of potential polluting cargoes, a significant increase from 2016. The most significant factor in the increase in 2017 is a larger number of bulk cargoes.
The China Navigation Company and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment signed a MoU, aiming to address critical waste management issues in the Pacific islands. The ‘Moana Taka Partnership’ allows for CNCo vessels to carry containers of recyclable waste from eligible Pacific island ports, to be recycled in suitable ports in Asia Pacific.
Despite its name, micro-plastics are a big problem to our oceans today. Microplastics are small pieces of plastic which are less than 5 millimetres, and they are increasingly gathering in the seas, slowly breaking down into smaller pieces and harming the marine environment.
According to the Chinese Prevention and Control of Solid Waste Pollution Law, the import of foreign solid waste into China in order to dump, store or dispose of the same is not permitted. However, if the foreign solid waste can be used as raw materials, it may be imported to China in certain cases.
One of the most concerning problems that our oceans are facing nowadays – if not the most important – is plastic pollution. Plastics are the cause of increasing ocean pollution, which in turn affects marine life, and consequently humans as well. However, there are easy steps that everyone can follow, in order to eliminate this matter.
Debris and some fuel from the damaged boats was released into the Marina, however most of the fuel was broken up during the bad weather. But considerable quantities of polystyrene from damaged floating pontoons is also adding to the waste disposal problem.
The US Coast Guard informed that it responded to a report, regarding an oil spill, after petroleum product was released into the Black River in Lorain, Ohio, earlier this week. Namely, a total of 20 gallons of mixed petroleum products were released, which includes hydraulic and waste oils. Namely, a total of 20 gallons of mixed petroleum products were released, which includes hydraulic and waste oils.
The BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region has developed a new marine training video focusing on the elimination of debris associated with oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. Marine debris are an increasing problem in recent decades.
Tank vessel operator Sea World Management & Trading, Inc. and Captain Edmon Fajardo were sentenced for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil and garbage from an oil tanker that was operating off the coast of Texas, according to the US Department of Justice.
Canada’s Department of National Defence announced that one of its ships, ‘HMCS Calgary’, reported a spill of approximately 30,000 litres of fuel of F76 type in the Straits of Georgia, in the morning of Saturday, 24 February. The spill occurred while crews aboard the vessel were transferring fuel internally.
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