sustainability

Partners consider the creation of offshore solar panels

A consortium consisting of Tractebel, Jan De Nul Group, DEME, Soltech and Ghent University announced the launch of a new project in the field of marine floating solar technology. The partners believe that solar photovoltaic panels in offshore waters are one of the essential future green energy sources. Combined in the same location with aquaculture and offshore wind power, this technology aspires to make a more efficient use of available space. 

EU, Canada agree on ocean partnership plan

EU and Canada entered into an agreement aiming to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries, marine pollution and climate change. The agreement will enable the easy implementation of the 3030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, mostly focusing on Goal 14, while also will facilitate the sustainable development of marine and maritime sectors. 

Open tank valve resulted to oil spill in Algoa Bay

According to the African News Agency, the oil spill occurring from MV Chrysanthi S was due to a not properly closed tank valve. Although the African authorities managed to contain the oil spill, the damage had already been done. 

How Dubai adds value as a dynamic maritime center

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA at Nor-Shipping, Mr. Nawfal Al Jourani, Director of Dubai Maritime Cluster Office at DMCA, shared Dubai’s priorities as a major maritime hub of the Middle East. Mr. Jourani noted that innovation is the cornerstone of Dubai’s strategy to be attractive to the shipping community. 

New European Commission President puts environment as a priority

Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as European Commission President after winning MEPs’ votes with a bold vision for a greener Europe. Ms. Von der Leyen won the support of parliamentarians with a strong call for climate and environmental action that could transform Europe over the next five years. 

Sea bed mining plans should slow down, report says

Deep sea mining seems to be in the spotlight; Yet, there is no detailed information on its potential impacts. Thus, companies and their investors are supported by governors and programs that are in favour of developing a ‘responsible’ sea bed mining regulations. The report ‘Why the Rush’ supports that deep sea mining will be another weight on the already polluted oceans. 

New initiative aspires to make ocean data available globally

One of the biggest challenges that the global marine research is currently facing is the lack of knowledge. In comparison to the innovation and research that takes place on land, data-driven marine research is far behind. The fact is that there are several smaller data initiatives and platforms in the world today, but not an all-encompassing platform combining it all. The Ocean Data Platform is an initiative aiming to change this.

The importance of Antarctica for the planet

Antarctica is the highest, coldest, and windiest place on Earth. This frozen continent may seem irrelevant to our daily lives at first site, but it is vital to our survival, as it plays a huge role in how the entire planet and the climate function. Antarctica accommodates 90% of the global ice and helps keep the planet cool and liveable.

Plastic entanglement poses great risks to sharks and rays, study says

According to a study conducted by the University of Exeter scientists, hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans. The study highlights that more than 1,000 species have been found entangled and it is said that the number is to be far higher.

Researchers launch AI computer system to forecast storms

In efforts of keeping track of the weather forecasts and predict how the weather will evolve, a team of researchers devised a computer model that, allegedly, will help forecasters spot developing storms faster and more accurately.

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