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Human activity increases inputs of nitrogen to oceans by 50%

Human activity increases the amount of nitrogen that reaches the oceans by 50%, on top of natural processes, said a report by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection, assessing the magnitude and impacts of anthropogenic atmospheric nitrogen inputs to the ocean. 

Europe’s biggest shipping nations among the worst in climate talks

The NGO Transport & Environment released a ranking in which it presents the best and worst performing countries in Europe’s attempt to reduce GHG emissions. Germany, Belgium and France are the top performers, while Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Croatia are the worst.

IMO, IAPH work on ports emission reduction strategy

A strategic partnership of the IMO-GloMEEP and the International Association of Ports and Harbors is helping selected countries to develop port emission inventories and draw up a port emission reduction strategy. A new three-day workshop package on the “Prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions” is being developed as part of the partnership.

Nigeria to improve its maritime security strategy

Cooperation between government agencies is important to achieve maximum maritime security enforcement. The latest national table-top exercise on maritime security, in Nigeria, discussed this issue. The findings from this exercise will create the basis of a maritime security strategy. This is part of a project to improve the Nigerian Criminal Justice response to maritime crime threats.

BP foresees strong compliance with 2020 sulphur cap

More than 90% of the world’s shipping fleet will comply with IMO sulphur cap entering into force in 2020, while only about 9% of the industry is likely to be non-compliant as the rule comes in effect, said the London-based oil and gas major BP, amid industry concerns of potential non-compliance.

Latin America maritime technology cooperation centre launched

The Latin America Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre, part of a global network established to further efforts to combat climate change, was launched in Panama, on 13 March. The centre, hosted by the Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá (UMIP), is one of five such centres set up under the GMN project.

Pacific Islands release position paper on shipping emissions

The paper is an outcome of the Pacific Maritime Technical Officers Workshop on Shipping Emissions hosted by PIDF in Suva in February. The paper notes there is no agreement on what short-term measures (2018-2023) will be committed to, and when or how they would be implemented.

The importance of energy efficiency in shipping

Funded by the European Union and implemented by IMO, the Global MTCC Network initiative unites technology centres, such as Maritime Technologies Cooperation Centres, in targeted regions into a global network. Their aim is to promote technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector.

IMO to examine safety aspects for shore power supply

Plugging a ship into shore-side power and turning off onboard generators is one solution to reduce air pollution from ships, as well as limit local noise. For this reason, IMO will examine safety aspects of on shore power supply to ships, also known as “cold ironing”, “alternative maritime power” and “shore-side electricity”.

Bolivia joins International Mobile Satellite Organization

​​IMO announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia has become the 104th country to join the International Mobile Satellite Organization, the inter-governmental body that oversees the provision of certain satellite-based maritime distress communication services.


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