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Equinor halts loading operations due to oil spill

Norwegian oil firm Equinor, published a statement according to which an oil spill was observed during a loading operation in the North Sea offshore Norway on Wednesday, May 15. The company noted that when loading oil from buoy to shuttle tanker on the North Sea Statfjord field, oil was observed on the sea surface. 

Philippines is amongst the top 5 polluters globally

CNN Philippines highlighted the fact that they’re amongst the top 5 polluters, referring to the striking example of a young goosed beaked whale that died in the Davao Gulf as researchers pulled out approximately 90 pounds of plastic from inside it.

USCG evaluates oil removal operations on wrecked tanker

The USCG contracted Resolve Marine Group to research and assess the proportion of oil remaining on the Coimbra wreck, located approximately 30 miles southeast of Shinnecock, N.Y. In the possibility that the oil remaining in the area is substantial and feasible, USCG will cooperate with Resolve to remove the oil from the wreck, with the goal to mitigate the possibilities of pollution to the environment.

Shipping industry should focus more on plastic debris regulations

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) collaborated with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to provide a wider industry perspective concerning the challenges,management practices and attitudes regarding marine plastics in the shipping industry.

OPA 90: The recipe for success, lessons learned and further actions to be taken

There is an ongoing consensus in the shipping industry that Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) is by far the most effective implemented legislation worldwide. But what differentiates the success of this regulation from several other regimes concerning maritime like SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, ISM or TMSA? Furthermore, should we expect any regulatory updates? And, is there further need to improve the level of understanding and the level of implementation of the OPA 90?

US to be affected if UN signs plastic waste pact

Reuters reports that countries are close to an agreement on tighten controls on trade in plastic waste, which would make it harder for the US, as a leading exporter, to ship unsorted plastic to emerging Asian economies for disposal.

ROV stops minor oil spills from Grande America wreck

Ocean Infinity, a seabed survey and ocean exploration company, confirmed that, after an agreement with Ardent, it has completed a project regarding an urgent subsea search, inspection and operations on the wreck of the MV Grande America, which sank in the Bay of Biscay on 12 March. In addition, several light leaks of oil were noted through the vents on some of the ship’s seawater ballasts from its fuel tanks.

Decarbonisation of the shipping industry: yes we can, because we must

As the shipping is becoming more and more interested in reducing its emissions, Chris Chatterton, COO of the Methanol Institute, discusses about the challenges arising from decarbonisation for the maritime sector. The next decade and beyond will be far more complex for the shipping industry than the previous one and the carbon challenge sits behind every analysis, Mr. Chatterton argues.