EMSA launched a report presenting its five-year strategic priorities for 2020-2024, explaining which are the steps to be taken to continue being “the centre of excellence for a safe and sustainable EU maritime sector”.
oil spill prevention
The EU-funded Research and Innovation Action project “GRACE” intended for integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects, conducted a range of tests to develop better monitoring, response and impact assessment tools.
The Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) confirmed the large oil spill off Kharg Island, which accommodates Iran’s largest offshore oil field and main export loading terminals. The rig might belong to the Abouzar offshore oil field, a large reservoir first developed in the 1970s.
Last Wednesday, November 20, the U.S. Coast Guard told local leaders that the wreck of the capsized PCTC Golden Ray may take more than a year to remove from St. Simons Sound, Georgia. In fact, during a meeting of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Cmdr. Matt Baer (USCG), who works with the Unified Command responsible for overseeing the salvage operation, said that the vessel’s position on a soft sandbank will make the effort lengthy and challenging.
The US Coast Guard responded to an oil spill near port Arthur, in Texas, caused from a collision between an offshore supply vessel and a tug vessel, near the entrance to Sabine Pass, Texas.
The Hawaii Coast Guard reported that cleanup operations are being conducted, after heavy fuel oil spilled during bunker operations between the container ship Kamokuiki and a bunker barge on November 6, in Honolulu.
Speaking to the news agency AFP, a spokeswoman for the Greek coastguard said the investigation conducted in Brazil, indicated showed that five vessels from different countries are suspects for the large oil spill, including a Greek one.
On Monday, November 4, a law enforcement team of Portland’s Coast Guard cooperated with local law enforcement officers to remove protesters of the “Portland Rising Tide” from Port of Vancouver’s Berth 9, where the activists were hanging from hammocks trying to block the freighter Patagonia, which is carrying pipe material for the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.
Almost two months have passed since a thick black sludge was first seen in the Pernambuco coast; Still, the government of Brazil hasn’t found the main factor of the oil spillage. As a result, it keeps infecting the shores in northeastern Brazil and polluting more than 100 beaches, counting some of the country’s most popular.
In October, the chemical tanker called Nu-Shi Nalini, drifted aground 2 nautical miles of Dona Paula, Goa. The vessel was anchored at the inner anchorage of the Mormugao Port in Goa before it broke loose from its restraints and began drifting towards the shore.
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