USCG seizes 14,000 pounds of marijuana, 3,660 pounds of cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean

The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Bear offloaded about 14,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $12.5 million wholesale and 3,660 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $50 million wholesale, on April 18 at Port Everglades seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Several US agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security take place in the effort to mitigate transnational organized crime.

Pacific Island Governments alerted for harmful seabed mining

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) has cautioned Pacific Islands government on the challenges of seabed mining to marine environments, cultures and livelihoods. PIANGO executive director supports the prohibit of seabed mining as it is becoming a threat to blue growth.

USCG seized 34,780 pounds of cocaine in Eastern Pacific

The crew of the USCG Cutter ‘Forward’ offloaded approximately 34,780 pounds of cocaine, Tuesday in Port Everglades, worth an estimated $466 million wholesale seized during patrols in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The drugs were interdicted off the coasts of Mexico, and Central and South America.

USCG conducts patrols on fishery regs in the High Seas

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) continue their South Pacific patrol in support of counter-Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and global security missions. Mellon’s crew is helping the Commission enforce its regulations on the tuna fishing industry, a $5 billion per year fishery that is essential to economies in the South Pacific.

Singapore’s Quantum Pacific Shipping gets green loan to fit scrubbers

Singapore-based shipping owner Quantum Pacific Shipping has secured a US$40m Green Loan from the bank giant BNP Paribas, to finance the purchase and installation of scrubbers for its fleet. The signing of this agreement is considered as the first green loan issued to a shipping company in Asia Pacific.

Safety audit training underway for seven Pacific states

Maritime officers from seven states around the Pacific have gathered in Wellington, New Zealand, this week, studying how to prepare their countries for audit by IMO. The training course, being delivered by the IMO, is an opportunity to improve maritime safety standards across the Pacific, according to Maritime NZ‘s Chief Executive, Keith Manch.

Watch: Ocean Cleanup works on solutions to prevent plastic from escaping

Four weeks after the cleaning System 001 was first deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), the largest accumulation of ocean plastic, The Ocean Cleanup informed of some problems in the operation. The plastic is exiting the system once it is collected, so the Foundation is currently working on causes and solutions to remedy this.  

New project to research new-generation low-carbon ships

The University of the South Pacific and the China Navigation Company, will conduct feasibility studies for the design of a new generation ships for the Pacific region which will be committed to low carbon sea transport. The Project Cerulean aspires to develop a new class of small cargo freighter.

Quad countries will focus on maritime security

On the 13th East Asia Summit at Singapore in mid-November, the Quad countries, namely India, US, Japan and Australia, are expected to revitalise the conversation concerning the maritime security and disaster relief initiatives as well as economic development projects in the critical Indo-Pacific region.

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