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Shipping calls for fast finalization of MedECA

The European Network calls the decision makers to fasten their process on officializing a Mediterranean ECA, commenting that the plan for the designation of a MedECA that was discussed during the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan meeting “is by far not ambitious enough in timing and scope.”

White smoke coming from Golden Ray stabilized

The white smoke that has been coming from Golden Ray, has now been stabilized by Unified Command response crews. The cause of the smoke is yet unknown, as the car carrier is being salvaged in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.

US Court urges Carnival to address ocean pollution problems quicker

A federal judge urged Carnival to work faster, in order to mitigate ocean pollution problems, that the company has caused. Namely, during a hearing in Miami, US District Judge Patricia Seitz noted that more concrete actions and less promises are needed from Carnival.

Tank farm fire spill shuts down Houston ship channel

On March 25, the US Coast Guard reported that approximately five dozen ships will be in line to transit the Houston Ship Channel, as efforts to clean the waste from the International Terminals tank fire continue. TCEQ has been taking water samples from  the drainage ditch, and nine chemicals in its samples exceeded health-protective concentration levels.

Captain fined €100,000 for breaching European air pollution limits

A Marseille court has eventually imposed a fine of  €100,000 (USD 114,000) to the American Captain of the P&O Cruises-operated ship ‘Azura’ for ‘deliberately’ breaching the European air pollution limits, in a first of its kind ruling, on Monday. However, the court specified that the €80,000 of this sum must be paid by the P&O Cruises’ parent company, Carnival. 

UK to ratify protocol to limit air pollution

The UK has taken an important step towards ratifying the 2012 amendments to the Gothenburg Protocol, an international agreement to reduce air pollution, as an Explanatory Memorandum signed by the Environment Secretary and the text of the amendment to the Gothenburg Protocol were presented to the parliament.

UN: More than 40% of the population affected by air pollution

Covering more than 4,300 cities in 108 countries, pollution data presents an estimated 4.2 million deaths each year caused by air pollution. More than 90% of the victims come from low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa, followed by others in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Europe and the Americas.

Hainan takes temporary ship pollution control measures

China’s Hainan Maritime Safety Agency issued a Notice to Implement Ship Pollution Control Plan, that details actions to be taken between 3 November 2017 – 3 December 2018, to control of emission of ship’s pollutants and ballast water discharge. During this period, inspections will be carried out on ships, fuel suppliers and units that receive ships’ pollutants.

NABU finds cruise industry “still dirty”

Despite claims that newer vessels are clean and green, pollution from the cruise ship industry is still massive and little progress has been made towards emissions reduction, according to NABU’s 2017 cruise ship rankings. The cruise industry responded to the study by claiming that these rankings disregard legally-proved technologies.

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