marine environment

MARPOL Annex VI effects on non-compliant vessels

Steamship Mutual attempts to examine how compliance to the Global Sulphur Cap is to be determined; what procedures will apply and what will be used to ascertain whether bunkers on board and the operation of the ship are compliant, in relation to vessels without scrubbers or other equivalent means of compliance by reference to the IMO Guidelines available.

Vessels’ speed limits to have positive impact on the environment

A newly-launched study focuses on the importance of reducing shipping emissions and its benefits in favour of humans’ health, nature and the environment by reducing vessels’ speed. The report highlights that a 20% reduction in vessels’ speed would decrease GHG emissions, as well as curb pollutants that pose great risks on human health, as black carbon and nitrogen oxides.

Watch: SAMSA ready for 2020 sulphur cap implementation

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) announced that Africa is ready to implement the global regulations concerning the air pollution by vessels, according to IMO’s MARPOL convention. SAMSA’s acting CEO, Mr Sobantu Tilayi, focuses on the 2020 sulphur cap and Africa’s intention on fighting pollution and reducing shipping emissions.

NOAA links CO2 emissions to dissolving sea snail shells

A NOAA research has found that the dissolving of shells of microscopic sea snails called pteropods has been connected to the increased concentration in sea water of human-caused carbon dioxide. The higher level of carbon-dioxide has led to acidification of the oceans.

Ship engine emissions adversely affect macrophages

A team of scientists from Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum München and University of Rostock conducted a study on the influence of ship engine emissions on macrophages in the lungs . The study found that ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions.

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