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Healthy oceans ‘unlikely’ by 2020 with current policies by EU states

In a report presented to the European Parliament and Council in late July, the European Commission found that the goal of biologically diverse, clean and healthy seas by 2020 is unlikely to be achieved through the measures put in place by Member States under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Canada transfers four port facilities to develop prosperity

The Government of Canada announced an agreement in principle for the transfer, as of 30 March 2020, of the ports of Matane, Gaspé, Rimouski and Gros-Cacouna to the Government of Quebec, under the Port Facility Transfer Program, which is expected to contribute to the sustainability of these facilities.

MOL announces Japan’s first green bonds

MOL issued Japan’s green bonds through a public offering in the country’s domestic market. It also announced the acquisition of a second opinion from a third-party institute. Green bonds are used to raise funds for businesses aimed at protecting and improving the environment.

Port of Gothenburg starts eelgrass replanting project

The Port of Gothenburg has started replanting 1.7 hectares of eelgrass beds to compensate for the eelgrass that will disappear while the port is building a new terminal. It is the largest replantion of eelgrass ever in Sweden. Eelgrass test plantings have now commenced in two locations just outside port area.

Norwegian Cruise Line reduces single-use plastics across fleet

As part of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, operating the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, announced it is eliminating single-use plastic straws across its fleet of 26 ships and two island destinations.

Port of Amsterdam doubles discount for vessels with ESI and LNG

As of 1 August, the Port will be increasing this incentive by doubling the maximum ESI discount for vessels that are in the possession of an ESI certificate and use LNG for their main engine or auxiliary engine. The Port also aims to have a bunker pontoon for LNG in place in the Port of Amsterdam by the end of 2018.

Port of Antwerp rewarded for sustainable energy management

The Port of Antwerp aims to transit to a circular, low-carbon economy and sustainable energy is an important aspect. Under this, on July 25th the Port Authority was awarded ISO 50001 certification for the second time in a row. A plan has now been drawn up for the next three years to concentrate on energy efficiency.

Anti-corruption project improves port calls in Nigeria

A shipping industry anti-corruption project, led by the private maritime sector and Nigerian authorities, has been completed with positive outcomes. The project aimed for port calls without demands for in-kinds payments, harassment or the threat of illicit delays.

Arctic cruise operators commit to less plastic, more beach cleanups

This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with cruise operators on identifying how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

Seychelles paves the way for largest marine protection area in Indian Ocean

In February 2018, the Government of Seychelles announced the creation of two new areas for marine protection covering 16% (210,000 square km) of its ocean. These new marine protections are the first milestone in creating a Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan that will cover the second-largest area of ocean in the world.

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