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California passes bill that calls for 75% reduction in single-use plastics by 2030

At the end of May, California Senate passed the ‘California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act’ according to which the producer manufacturers and retailers in California should reduce the waste generated by single-use packaging and products by 75%  by 2030 through producing less plastic, recycling more of it, making reusable packaging, or using compostable materials.

US finds $1 billion worth of cocaine hidden in ship in Philadelphia

US federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine, with a worth of more than $1 billion from a ship in Philadelphia. This is considered as one of the largest drug seizures in the US history, according to the US Justice Department. What is more, federal authorities arrested and charged two of the ship’s crew members.

Product tanker collides with bridge on Mississippi

On June 16, a product tanker collided with the Sunshine Bridge, a highway crossing over the Mississippi about halfway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. As the US Coast Guard reported, no injuries or pollution took place. The fender system sustained damages, with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development stating that there are no structural issues with the bridge itself.

Japan surpasses China as second user on Panama Canal

As AP reports, Japan surpassed China and is becoming the second-biggest user of the Panama Canal, in light of a trade war between Beijing and Washington. The US remains the leader in using the canal. China’s third place is due to the fact that there’s a decrease in shipments of natural and liquid petroleum gas as the Asian giant is buying less of them from the United States. 

US grants $19.6 million to help small shipyards

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $19.6 million in grants to help capital improvements at 28 US small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. Provided through MARAD’s Small Shipyards Grant program, the funding supports employee training and related improvements that adopt increased efficiency and economic growth.

Greek ship operator’s crew faces pollution charges

The US Department of Justice informed that Capital Ship Management Corporation, a Greek ship operator and two cargo ship engineers face federal charges in water pollution case, involving dumping of oily waste. The defendants had failed to record illegal dumping of oily waste into international waters and obstruction of justice, by ordering the ship’s crew to lie about this action.

US thinks of actions against Iran, following attacks in Gulf of Oman

Following the attacks against two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, provided interviews commenting that the US is considering a military response after the attack, with the goal of protecting the area and the vessels operating there. 

Largest vessel ever built in San Diego launched

The largest container vessel ever built in San Diego, Lurline, was christened and launched by General Dynamics Nassco, on Saturday, June 15. The vessel is a 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU, 44,200 deadweight metric ton, combination container ship/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessel built for Honolulu-based Matson, Inc. 

Sailing vessel aground off Magic Island, minor oil spill detected

The US Coast Guard announced that it is responding to a report of a 32-foot sailing vessel grounded off Magic Island, on June 13. Pollution responders are also on scene assessing the area, as there is a maximum potential fuel load of 27 gallons of diesel aboard. A slight sheen was reported but is expected to dissipate naturally.

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