Ιcebreaker tested new in-built oil recovery system

IB Polaris, a Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic sea in order to test a new oil recovery system. This in-built oil recovery system enables Polaris to collect 1015 m³ oil with a rate of 200 m³/h in harsh weather and ice conditions. Polaris’ icebreaking capabilities means the vessel can intervene in oil spills in ice infested waters.

European Parliament suggests ways to boost plastics recycling

Members of the European Parliament proposed new incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020. This non-binding draft resolution was adopted on September 13 with 597 votes to 15 and 25 abstentions.

World’s first ocean cleanup system ready to launch

Maersk will provide marine support to The Ocean Cleanup organisation by installing a pilot clean-up system in the Pacific. This will be the world’s first major initiative for collection of plastic from the ocean and it will be launched on September 8. The system will start from Ocean Cleanup’s assembly yard in Alameda, through the San Francisco Bay, toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 

Arctic cruise operators commit to less plastic, more beach cleanups

This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with cruise operators on identifying how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

On World Environment Day, let’s talk about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastics make up 85% of marine litter globally and are even reaching people’s dinner tables. But where does all this plastic lie? The largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world can be found between Hawaii and California, in the North Pacific and is no other than the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The GPGP covers an area three times the size of France.

Revision of EU Directive on Port Reception Facilities

During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Sotiris Raptis, Senior Policy Advisor for Environment and Safety, EcoPorts Coordinator, ESPO, focused on the position of European ports on the revision of the Port Reception Facilities Directive, recently published by the European Commission.

Oil spill in Mississippi after vessel hits pier

The US Coast Guard and local agencies responded to an oil spill near mile marker 100, on the lower Mississippi River, near New Orleans, after the Singapore-flagged vessel ‘Pac Antares’ hit a pier on Thursday morning causing an estimated 4,200 gallons of oil fuel to discharge. 

New study reveals plastic in deepest living organisms

Animals from six of the deepest places on Earth were found to contain man-made fibres and plastic in their stomachs, according to a new study by Newcastle University. The team tested samples of crustaceans found in the ultra-deep trenches that span the entire Pacific Ocean.

Greece denies clean up delay after tanker sinking

Greek Deputy Shipping Minister denied accusations that authorities responded slowly to the sinking of the tanker, noting that a floating barrier to contain the leakage of oil had been installed within a few hours. The clean up operations in Athens coasts will take another 20 or 30 days.