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Fukushima Radioactivity Detected in British Columbia

Ken Buesseler, a marine radiochemist at WHOI Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have for the first time detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in a seawater sample from the shoreline of North America. The sample, which was collected on February 19 in Ucluelet, British Columbia, with the assistance of the Ucluelet Aquarium, contained trace amounts of cesium (Cs) -134 and -137, well below internationally established levels of concern to humans and marine life. The WHOI scientists, with the help of citizen volunteers, have collected samples at more than 60 sites along the U.S. and Canadian West Coast and Hawaii over the past 15 months for traces of radioactive isotopes from Fukushima.  Last November, the team reported their first sample containing detectable radioactivity from Fukushima 100 miles (150 km) off shore of Northern California. However, no radiation had yet been found along any of the beaches or shorelines where the public has been sampling since 2013. “Radioactivity can be dangerous, and we should be carefully monitoring the oceans after what is certainly the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants to the oceans in history,” said Ken Buesseler, ...

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ABS Updates Guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America

  ABS has updated its guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America to support the transport sector’s increasingly rapid transition to the use of cleaner fuels. The second edition of ABS’ Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America was released today, offering new market-leading advice to shipowners and operators who may be looking to develop bunkering infrastructure in response to new emissions regulations and showcase their environmental stewardship. “As the demand for LNG-fueled vessels and the supporting infrastructure continues to grow, ABS continues to offer the industries we serve with up-to-date information derived from the latest projects and our intimate knowledge of the evolving regulatory landscape in North America,” said Patrick Janssens, ABS’ Vice President, Global Gas Solutions. “Both the marine and offshore industries are committed to using cleaner fuels, and we are committed to supporting our clients and members with that technical transition.” The first edition of the report was published in March 2014. Major updates in the second edition include important lessons learned from first adopters of LNG-fueled vessels and LNG bunkering projects, a ‘project roadmap’ guide of the associated regulatory, stakeholder and technical issues and an in depth port directory highlighting ongoing projects and ...

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Canadian ferry and terminal operator joins Green Marine program

(Image Credit: Marine Atlantic Inc) Canadian East Coast ferry and terminal operator, Marine Atlantic, has signed on as the newest member of Green Marine voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America. Marine Atlantic Inc. is entering its four ships and three terminals located in Argentia, Port aux Basques and North Sydney into the environmental program. Green Marine encourages its participants - ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards ‑ to undertake concrete actions that go beyond regulatory requirements aimed at improving environmental performance and sustainability. Green Marine's success is based on a 6-year track record of participating companies demonstrating improved environmental performance. "At Marine Atlantic, we are committed to conducting our service in an environmentally responsible manner," said Paul Griffin, President and CEO of Marine Atlantic. "We have already made significant investments in new infrastructure and technologies that show our commitment to the environment. Our new terminal building in North Sydney scheduled to open this spring will be LEED certified, a leader in environmental and energy efficient design. Joining Green Marine will provide us with another window of opportunity to measure and showcase our environmental performance, while working with others in the marine industry to continue improving into ...

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