Year in Review: Environmental issues that caught shipping’s eye in 2018

Another exciting year is coming to an end. With only few days left until the end of 2018, SAFETY4SEA looks back on the events that defined the environmental stage of the shipping industry. 2020 sulphur cap, scrubbers, LNG, emissions; these are all topics that made the headlines throughout the year. But let’s take a closer look at those topics, which now are at the core of the shipping industry.

Sea level was the highest since 1993, report says

The American Meteorological Society published its “State of the Climate in 2017”, reporting that the sea level last year was the highest annual average since 1993. The sea level has increased for the sixth consecutive year. As for the Arctic, sea ice extent continued to see low levels.

Narwhals the most vulnerable whales to Arctic shipping

The most vulnerable marine mammals to Arctic shipping are narwhals, or tusked whales, according to a new study from the University of Washington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. These animals migrate through parts of the Northwest Passage to and from their summertime habitats.

Overview of IMO MEPC 72 outcome

IMO’s MEPC 72 discussed key environmental issues for global shipping industry on 9-13 April. While global attention was focused on the adoption of initial strategy for the GHG emissions reduction from ships, key themes also included the 2020 sulphur limit, the BWM Convention, HFO use in Arctic, marine litter and biofouling.

What’s on the agenda for MEPC 72?

MEPC 72nd session will take place from 9 to 13 April 2018, at IMO Headquarters in London. MEPC 72 will focus on five key issues: Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships; Implementation of sulphur 2020 limit; Ballast water management treaty implementation; Measures to reduce risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic; and Marine litter.

EU announces ambitious action for cleaner seas

At the EU Our Ocean conference in Malta, on 5-6 October, EU committed to several tangible actions to foster healthier, cleaner and safer seas, encouraging governments to tackle the growing ocean challenges, from plastic pollution and protecting marine life to the impact of climate change.

IMO moves ahead with oceans and climate change agenda

At MEPC 71, on 3-7 July, IMO progressed its environmental agenda, by clarifying the ballast water management schedule, progressing GHG and air pollution issues, adopting new NOx emission control areas, designating a further Particularly Sensitive Sea Area and agreeing to work on implementation of the 0.50% global sulphur limit.

Deltamarin to deliver first three eco container ships

Deltamarin announced that Icelandic Eimskip Ltd and Greenland-based Royal Arctic Line A/S ordered the first three container vessels from its energy-efficient cargo ship family. The ships will be built at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China, with which Deltamarin (China) Co., Ltd has signed a design contract.

The role of IMO in preventing pollution from shipping

The United Nations issued an article dedicated to IMO’s role in establishing sustainable shipping with environmentally friendly measures. The article provides an overview of IMO’s work towards the sustainable use of the oceans.

New Marine Protected Area established in Antarctic

A new MPA in the Ross Sea, Antarctica will come into force in December 2017 with the aim to limit, or entirely prohibit, certain activities in order to meet specific conservation, habitat protection, ecosystem monitoring and fisheries management objectives.

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