APL announced that it will be providing free shipping to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-government, non-profit organisation working to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. APL will be transporting containers of components and equipment for the extraction of plastic pollution from the oceans from 2019 to 2020.
Safeen, an Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary and a provider of integrated marine services in the Middle East, has collected more than 120 tons of floating sea debris in Abu Dhabi waters during 2018. Of the total collected material, the company recycled over ten tons. The establishment of the Environment and Anti-Pollution Department at Safeen used a special boat which was responsible for the collection of tons of floating debris.
A new set of publicly-available guidelines for monitoring plastics and microplastics in the oceans, published by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection, aims to help harmonize how scientists and others analyze the scale of the marine plastic litter problem.
IMO issued a report to assess current knowledge and data regarding marine coatings as microplastics sources, identifying very little practical research or knowledge on the topic. The IMO review came after a report by IUCN which showed that hull scrapings, marine coatings and anti-fouling systems are potential sources of microplastics in the oceans.
Barbados became the latest Caribbean Community country to ban the import, retail, sale and use of single use plastic products. Products such as single-use plastic cups, cutlery, stirrers, straws; plates, egg trays, and Styrofoam containers used in the culinary retail industry will be banned from April 1. Plastic bottles used in the production of juices will not be subjected to the ban.
Natural materials excreted by bacteria are gluing micro and nano-plastics together, so that they form larger masses in the world’s oceans, scientists from Heriot-Watt University and Plymouth University have discovered. The biopolymers are common in marine environments, but until now scientists did not know their effects on nano and micro plastics.
Overall, in all business sectors, organizations develop sustainable business aiming at improving their social conscience and environmental responsibility, well beyond the financial. Do you wonder which the key areas of focus are toward an even more sustainable shipping industry in the future?
In order to achieve a transition to a more circular economy and society in general, the Rs help us: Reduce; Reuse; Recycle. However, Ichin Cheng in “Designing for the Circular Economy” says that these are not enough. In fact, twelve Rs are needed to fully achieve a circular society.
During 2018, human impacts and global climate change affected the world’s oceans. What is more, the severity of the plastics problem became more clear, with plastics being found 36,000 feet below sea level. However, despite the alarming situation in our oceans, there are reasons to feel optimistic that this will change.
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