marine environment

Ocean heatwave causes the largest seabird die-off

The University of Washington though its new study, revealed that the massive marine heatwave in the northeastern Pacific during 2014-2016, known as “the Blob”, has negative impacts upon the ocean food chain. Specifically, millions of seabirds along the US west coast lost their lives, as it is expected to become more frequent due to climate change.

IGPI issues its Annual Review

The International Group of P&I Clubs has published its Annual Review which provides an overview of the Group, key activities and areas of engagement.

Underwater seamount home to millions deep-sea animals

According to a recent analysis by the Marine Scotland Science and other scientists involved, an extinct underwater volcano off north west Scotland proved to be home for several and vital marine ecosystems. Specifically, they identified different communities of creatures living at various depths on the seamount.

Wärtsilä donates the first Seabin in East Asia

According to a recent statement, Wärtsilä, the technology group, installed a Seabin at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the first Seabin to be donated in East Asia- bringing the Seabin Project’s floating rubbish bins around the world. The launch ceremony was held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and attracted members of the Yacht Club as well as many others who were excited to see the innovative floating rubbish bin in action first-hand.

BIMCO rearranges Committees to deal with safety and environmental issues

BIMCO will have a Marine Environment Committee and a Maritime Safety and Security Committee in the future, according to a recent statement. The two committees will have up to 15 members, without the Chair, and members in the committees are to be recruited from BIMCO’s member-companies coming from small, medium sized and large shipowners. 

Marine life at risk because of ocean oxygen loss

An increasing phenomenon threatening the fish species and disrupting ecosystems in analysed in the newly launched “Ocean deoxygenation: Everyone’s problem” report, highlighting the dangers caused by the deoxygenation in the marine environment.

Seychelles on track to tackle climate change

BBC reports from Seychelles, where a fisherman’s project funded by a pioneering marine conservation plan aims to to protect the oceans; the country’s main income resource, while balancing the demands of people’s livelihoods and what’s better for the environment.

Cruise pier construction to severely damage coral reef

Campaigners are fighting a battle against the world’s biggest cruise lines, Royal Caribbean and Carnival, with a combined market value of $55bn (£42bn), which want to redevelop the Cayman Islands’ port to accommodate bigger ships. Namely, BBC reports that the cruise lines are leading Verdant Isle, a consortium, with the aims to build a $250m new pier and berthing facility on Grand Cayman.

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