Since the beginning of the year Skuld has seen several cases where fines have been imposed by the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) due to alleged pollution from wastewater discharged in port.
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Authorities in Ghana have been recently issuing fines, based on unjustified allegations that ships calling at the country’s ports have discharged untreated sewage, reports by the Standard P&I Club reveal.
The average person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day and flushing the toilet accounts for the largest share of this use, surprisingly topping even showers! While wastewater does not seem to be a problem for households, have you ever wondered what happens when we flush the toilet onboard a ship?
Carnival informed the USCG on January 2 that the cruise ship Carnival Elation accidentally released 6,000 gallons of gray water into the harbor at Port Canaveral, Florida. The incident took place during routine deballasting at the pier.
The Gulf Agency Company Ltd (GAC) published information issued by the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications concerning the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems, so that interested parties are compliant with IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap, which has come into force.
CE Deflt launched its study about open-loop scrubbers, addressing the issue of their impact within port areas, stating that they have a small impact on water quality, in comparison to future EU standards for priority substances in the water.
An environmental services contractor is now under investigation by American and Japanese authorities, for reportedly dumping illegally at U.S. Navy bases in Japan. In fact, between 2008 and 2018, Kanto Kosan Co. allegedly discharged partially treated wastewater into the sea at two U.S. Navy bases and then attempted to cover it up.
A federal grand jury in Oakland charged two shipping companies and a First Assistant Engineer with failing to maintain an Oil Record Book for bilge water discharges into the sea and with obstruction of justice, the US Department of Justice announced.
The baselines for the Bahamas can be found in the Archipelagic Waters and Maritime Jurisdiction (Archipelagic Baselines) Order, 2008 Ch.282 (S.I. 107/2008)1. Based on UNCLOS’s Article 46, the Bahamas is an archipelagic state, meaning that it has specific archipelagic baselines drawn to enclose its archipelagic waters.
In light of the approaching IMO 2020 sulphur cap, Rivertrace launched a technical white paper that focuses on scrubber technology options and washwater monitoring. The paper provides an insight into the effects of sulphur emissions from ships, the chemistry of scrubbing sulphur from exhaust gases and the benefits associated with scrubber use.
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