The Port of Rotterdam Authority will replace a section of the slopes stretching over more than 9 kilometres that have been contaminated by the ‘Bow Jubail’ oil spill. Currently, cleaning is still focused on those sections of the port infrastructure that have not yet been cleaned.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted to strengthen the European Commission’s Plastics Strategy, which aims to reduce plastic pollution. Under the Strategy, the Commission proposed new EU-wide rules in May targeting 10 single-use plastic products.
In a report presented to the European Parliament and Council in late July, the European Commission found that the goal of biologically diverse, clean and healthy seas by 2020 is unlikely to be achieved through the measures put in place by Member States under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
Oil pollution is considered one of the most significant damages to the marine environment, mostly due to the nature and composition of oil. Oil pollution can result from oil used to power a ship, as well as from oil carried as cargo. But how can the industry respond to mitigate this risk?
Our oceans are currently facing three major challenges: climate change, overfishing and pollution. Plastic pollution in particular is increasing and has received international attention from governments, media and large sections of the public. In order to mitigate this problem, technology might give the solution.
This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with cruise operators on identifying how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.
Alvin Forster, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) at North P&I Club, talks about bunker spills incidents and their impacts. Mr. Forster outlines the most common causes of bunker spills and says that they can lead to expensive claims, reaching several million dollars.
IMO is trying to enhance regional cooperation to mitigate oil and hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) spills in the Northwest Pacific region. Under this, a Marine Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response Regional Activity Centre (MERRAC) took place in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 17 to 20 July.
The US Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, along with the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, and the Coast Guard Investigative Service agents are investigating the fishing vessel Mark I for knowingly discharging oil overboard in Canadian waters.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Marine Department of Malaysia carried out a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East Johor Strait to test the Joint Emergency Response Plan for Chemical Spill Incidents in the East Johor Strait.
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