Shark fin products still on the market despite US ban

As Shark Week started on July 28, restaurants across the US are contributing to the rapid decline in shark species by serving up soup made from shark fins, despite bans in 12 states and counting, the Animal Welfare Institute claimed. According to an online database maintained by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), about 200 restaurants across the country offer shark fin products.

Maritime UK Chair writes to new Prime Minister about navigation freedom and climate goals

A letter from Maritime UK Chair, Harry Theochari, to the new Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, highlights the importance of the sector to national prosperity, and identifies key priorities for the UK’s maritime industries. These include protecting freedom of navigation, coastal economic development, decarbonisation, improving the UK’s maritime competitiveness and developing its workforce. The letter also establishes immediate steps the sector wants to see on Brexit.

Global Maritime Forum: Breaking down the silos to promote collaboration

While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Johannah Christensen, Managing Director, Head of Projects & Programmes, Global Maritime Forum, says that in the next years, strategic focus of the Global Maritime Forum – which has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Award – will be on how to make global seaborne trade safer, cleaner, more inclusive and efficient.

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. 

UK aims to a zero-emissions shipping future based on its Clean Maritime Plan

The UK Government Department of Transport has ordered all new ships for UK waters from 2025 to be designed with zero-emission capable technologies, based on the country’s goal of cutting pollution from its maritime sector. The Clean Maritime Plan is the Environment Route Map of Maritime 2050, setting out in more detail how Government sees the UK’s transition to a future of zero emission shipping.

UN launches draft of New, Legally Binding UN Law of the Sea Regulations

The UN launched the Draft of New, Legally Binding U.N. Law of the Sea Regulations. WOC has been part of the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) process from the time it ensured that the ocean business community is present and interested in developing the most crucial new legal regime for the ocean since the establishment of the U.N. Law of the Sea.

Shortlisted nominees announced for 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce the distinguished shortlisted nominees for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards, following an online nomination process, initiated a few months ahead of the event, where industry stakeholders proposed nominations. The aim of the awards is to recognize those organizations that demonstrated outstanding performance within the scope of fostering Safety Excellence & Sustainable Shipping.  

Global shipping growth may conclude to rise of invasive species

A study focusing on global forecasts of shipping traffic and biological invasions to 2050, Anthony Sardain, an invasion ecologist at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, forecasts that the risk of marine invasions will rise three- to 20-fold in the next 30 years. The study explains 90% of the variation in global shipping traffic and a twofold increase in shipping using basic socioeconomic indicators and a temporal validation set. 

Successful implementation of 2020 sulphur cap the main focus of ICS

ICS published its Annual Review setting out a broad cross section of just some of the many issues in which it is engaging on behalf of the global shipping industry. ICS said that its immediate focus, and of the shipowners it represents, is the successful implementation of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) global sulphur cap.

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