Preserving Natural Resources for All Americans

Nov. 17, 2016 -- NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) works with federal, state, and local agencies to prepare for, respond to, and assess the risks to natural resources following oil spills and hazardous waste releases. Often, OR&R also collaborates with Native American tribes to ensure that response, ssessment, and restoration efforts fully address the needs of all communities...Continue Reading Here. 

The Story of Malcolm McLean

The New York Times has released a video on Malcolm McLean, the former North Carolina truck driver who invented the shipping container.

It’s a story that is also taken up in the Gard Guidance on Freight Containers by Jeroen de Haas.

The concept of an intermodal container was first proposed by McLean. His “big box” idea, which has revolutionized cargo handling worldwide, came to him in 1937 while he waited most of the day to deliver cotton bales on his truck to a pier in New Jersey...Continue Reading Here. 

FIRST CARBON ACCOUNTING METHOD LAUNCHED FOR GLOBAL LOGISTICS SUPPLY CHAIN

A universal method to calculate the carbon footprint of the logistics supply chain was released today by the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC), a group of companies, industry associations and programs, and backed by leading experts and other stakeholders.

“For the first time, emissions can be calculated consistently at a global level covering road, rail, inland waterways, sea, air and transhipment centers,” said Sophie Punte, Executive Director of Smart Freight Centre (SFC), a global non-profit organization that leads the GLEC...Continue Reading

Looking Back: An Early Trial of Marine Scrubbers

Back in 2009, the 2015 Emission Control Areas established in IMO Annex VI seemed a long way off to many in the marine and emission control industry. Belco Technologies Corporation (BELCO), a DuPont company, anticipated the marine industry’s imminent need for reliable emission control solutions to meet the upcoming regulations. BELCO re-engineered its proven, land-based refinery wet scrubber technology for marine service. The company had over 40 years of experience removing sulfur oxides and particulates from various industrial processes...Continue Reading Here. 

Looking Back: An Early Trial of Marine Scrubbers

Back in 2009, the 2015 Emission Control Areas established in IMO Annex VI seemed a long way off to many in the marine and emission control industry. Belco Technologies Corporation (BELCO), a DuPont company, anticipated the marine industry’s imminent need for reliable emission control solutions to meet the upcoming regulations. BELCO re-engineered its proven, land-based refinery wet scrubber technology for marine service. The company had over 40 years of experience removing sulfur oxides and particulates from various industrial processes...Continue Reading Here.

Today, the National Ocean Council is releasing the Nation’s first ocean plans—a historic collaboration among states, tribes, Federal agencies, and ocean stakeholders.

Today, the National Ocean Council (NOC) finalized the Nation’s first ocean plans, taking a historic step toward fulfilling President Obama’s commitment to healthy ocean ecosystems and a strong, sustainable marine economy. The two regional plans, the Northeast Ocean Plan and the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan, promote the use of integrated ocean data and best practices for informed and efficient management of the Nation’s shared marine resources. This approach is designed to work across all levels of government and to advance economic, environmental, and cultural priorities within each region. In addition to years of historic collaboration among states, tribes, Federal agencies, and Fishery Management Councils, the Plans are a result of extensive participation and input from marine stakeholders representing fishing, recreation, energy, transportation, telecommunications, and many other interests...Continue Reading Here. 

New prediction tool warns ships of blue whale hotspots

The largest animal on the planet, the endangered blue whale, often shares its habitat with busy shipping lanes. In the Pacific Ocean, they feed on krill in the California Current, which often overlaps with shipping lanes between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This leads to a number of ship and whale collisions every year that harm the population of gentle giants...Continue Reading Here. 

More Stock Exchanges Introduce Sustainability Reporting

As many as 21 more of the world's stock exchanges could introduce sustainability reporting standards before the end of the year, bringing the total number to 38, an UNCTAD official said.
 
Seventeen stock exchanges already recommend their listed companies to report on environmental, social, and governance issues, but James Zhan, Director of the Division on Investment and Enterprise at UNCTAD, which co-organizes the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative, said that 23 stock exchanges had committed to introduce new standards on sustainability reporting in 2016...Continue Reading Here. 
  

Raising the Stakes

 In the not-so-distant future the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its latest draft vessel general permit (VGP), sometimes known as VGP 3.0. The draft will be the agency’s latest permutation in an ongoing effort to regulate discharges from vessels, most notably ballast water discharges, which are considered a major source of invasive species...Continue Reading Here. 

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type-approval certificate to Optimarin AS

Today, the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the first U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Norwegian manufacturer Optimarin AS after a detailed review of the type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. The Optimarin Ballast System is a filtration/ultraviolet ballast water management system with treatment capacities ranging from 167m3/h to 3000m3/h....Continue Reading Here.