NAMMA Conference 2016 Examines Social Isolation at Sea

August 8, 2016 – The North American Maritime Ministry Association completed a fantastic annual conference focused on the welfare of seafarers and fishers around the world. Click Here to see Carleen Lyden-Kluss of NAMEPA on Seafarers, Fishers, and the Marine Environment.

Should IMO Shift to BWTBoats Globally for Ballast Water Management?

Given the chance, shipowners want to postpone the fitting of ballast water treatment system by another five to 10 years based on issues related to U.S. Coast Guard type approval and the efficacy of treatment systems approved using current IMO G8 guidelines... Continue Reading Here.

France bans plastic cups, plates, and cutlery in a bid to save the planet

It’s a logical move for a country known to revel in the finer things. France this week became the first country to pass an all-out ban on plastic cutlery, plates, and cups...Continue Reading Here. 

Port of LA: First US port to enter the Sustainability Bond Market

The Port of Los Angeles has expanded its commitment to sustainability by issuing $35.2 million in green bonds as part of a larger debt refinancing successfully completed last week. The move marks the first time a U.S. port has entered the growing sustainability bond market where investors support projects and companies making positive social and environmental change...Continue Reading Here. 

Paris Agreement on Climate Change close to entry into force threshold

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that more than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark pact that seeks to put the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future...Continue Reading Here.

Coast Guard Type Approval Applications Roll In

Earlier this week, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) has received an application requesting U.S. Coast Guard type-approval for the Optimarin ballast water treatment system. This has now been followed by an application from Alfa Laval...Continue Reading Here. 

Larger marine animals at greater extinction risk

In a new study,  published in the journal Science, Payne and his colleagues examined the association between extinction threat level and ecological traits such as body size for two major groups of marine animals – mollusks and vertebrates – over the past 500 years and compared it with the ancient past, stretching as far back as 445 million years ago and with a particular emphasis on the most recent 66 million years...Continue Reading Here. 

Panama Joins Hong Kong Convention

Panama has acceded to the IMO's Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, which guides ship design, operation and end-of-life management in order to reduce the environmental footprint and safety risks of shipbreaking...Continue Reading Here. 

U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledge 

More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference, the third of its kind, in an effort to galvanize attention to the dangers that pollution, climate change and over-fishing may pose to the world's oceans...Continue Reading Here. 

Seafarer Safety is Vital to High Performing Vessels

How can you tell when the engineers are watching a movie? Because the volume is so loud that you can hear the dialogue from the bridge. It’s an old joke, but the issues that arise from injuries in the workplace, like noise-induced hearing loss, remain distressingly common...Continue Reading Here. 

Harnessing Boat Pitches for Renewable Energy Onboard

When a boat pitches in waves, it creates inertial energy. The E.U.-funded SeaKERS project developed the tools to harness this renewable energy for charging yacht batteries. The project team is now planning to commercialize its invention...Continue Reading Here.

Our Ocean, One Future

"Life on Earth depends on the ocean.  A healthy ocean is central to human wellbeing.  The ocean feeds billions of people, employs millions of workers, and generates trillions of dollars in the world economy. 

Yet, as vast as our ocean and its resources are, they are not infinite.  And today the ocean is under tremendous pressure from human activity – including unsustainable and illegal fishing, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts.   

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the 2016 Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 15 to 16 to catalyze actions to protect our ocean from these threats and to empower a new generation to lead the way toward a healthy and sustainable ocean.".. Continue Learning More Here.

Obama To Designate First Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean

During the Our Ocean conference later this morning in Washington, D.C., President Obama will establish the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

The area of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is the size of Connecticut and has been called an "underwater Yellowstone" and "a deep sea Serengeti.".. Continue Reading Here. 

U.S. Clarifies Ballast Water Convention Stance

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy at the U.S. Coast Guard, has welcomed the news that the 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (Ballast Water Management Convention) has been ratified and will now enter into force in September 2017. It is an important step forward in controlling invasive species spread by ballast water and meeting the challenge of reducing the environmental footprint of international shipping, he says...Continue Reading Here. 

NOAA - Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 144-page Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap, intended to guide the agency in more effectively and comprehensively managing ocean noise effects on marine life.

IMO ballast water convention – A note from Rear Adm. Thomas

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced that the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) has been ratified and will now enter into force in September 2017. The U.S. Coast Guard welcomes this news as an important step forward in controlling invasive species spread by ballast water and meeting the challenge of reducing the environmental footprint of international shipping...Continue Reading Here. 

Trident Alliance: Seeking robust enforcement of sulphur regulations

The Trident Alliance is a coalition of shipowners and operators working to ensure robust implementation of sulphur regulations.

Anna Larsson, the chair of the alliance, as well as head of sustainability at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, outlines why this initiative is important...Continue Reading Here. 

Global Conservation Summit Sets Sustainability Agenda

Last week’s International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Hawaii set the global conservation agenda for the next four years.

The Congress closed with the presentation of the Hawai'i Commitments. This document, titled Navigating Island Earth, was shaped by debates and deliberations over 10 days, and opened for comment to some 10,000 participants from 192 countries...Continue Reading Here. 

Ballast water ratification akin to single-hulled tanker ruling 20 years ago: Gibson


Last week’s news that the IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWMC), has been ratified and will enter into force in 12 months’ time, has sparked plenty of discussion among tanker brokers about the likely ramifications of this long awaited piece of legislation...Continue Reading Here.

The Growing Problem of Slops Disposal

Not all oil spills are widely publicized. In fact, only the larger spills make the headlines in the mainstream press. However, many smaller - yet significant - spills happen regularly, but manage to slip under the media radar. And although less dramatic, the environmental impact of these incidents is considerable.  Continue Reading Here.

Transas CEO Weighs in on the Future of Maritime Operations

Coles opened the forum by summing up the situation of maritime technology market today, stating that, “Our industry today is awash with innovation, big data, unmanned ships, decision support tools, fuel saving applications and stress-reducing voyage planning and many other save the day applications.”..Continue Reading Here.

Carbon Fiber Vessel Wins SMM Ship of the Year 

Vision of The Fjords, a futuristic carbon fiber tourist vessel operated by The Fjords DA, has won the coveted Ship of the Year 2016 accolade at SMM in Hamburg...Continue Reading Here.

U.S. Eases Protection of Humpback Whales


The United States lifted protection for most humpback whales around the globe on Tuesday, including some in American waters, based on evidence they have made a strong comeback since commercial whaling drove them to near extinction...Continue Reading Here.

Ballast Water Convention to Enter into Force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

The Convention will enter into force on September 8, 2017, marking a landmark step towards halting the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss...Continue Reading Here. 

Scientists Report in on Ocean Warming


A new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report, entitled Explaining ocean warming: causes, scale, effects and consequences, sets out the most recent and comprehensive review to date on this topic and shows a complex story of change in the ocean...Continue Reading Here.

Shipowner Wins in Oil Spill Litigation

Following an eight-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Montgomery McCracken partners, won a $71.5 million judgment against CITGO Asphalt Refining and related companies in connection with a 2004 oil spill in the Port of Philadelphia...Continue Reading Here.


Executive Director at the North American Marine Environmental protection (NAMEPA) Carleen Lyden-Kluss is at the women’s maritime conference and said littering of the seas must be reduced and the dialogue must be started with government officials in Cayman.

“The port state control is very rigorous so if a ship was seen to be throwing garbage over-boards they would be heavily penalised by the port state control of the Cayman Islands so lets continue the discussion about this but regulations exist and are enforced to prevent garbage from being thrown off of ships,” Mrs. Lyden-Kluss said.

She said in addition to the Port State Control regulations, the International Maritime Organization also works to ensure that the laws of the seas are in full effect within the region.

Similar messages were sounded at this year’s maritime week meetings about the importance of good stewardship out on the high seas... Check out the Video Here

Shipping Industry + Conservationists Work Together to Better Protect Whales

Remember the story I posted a couple of months ago about monitoring whale song in NY Bight?

Well, I’m happy to announce that one of our esteemed WHC Board Members, Capt. Carleen Lyden-Kluss, who is also the co-founder and executive director for the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), has spearheaded a partnership composed of industry, government and conservationists to help better protect marine life in the busy waters of New York harbor...Continue Reading Here. 

DNV GL supports the deployment of LNG as alternative fuel

Whilst LNG has proven to be a viable option as a bunkering fuel for ships, there are still challenges to the pace of its development and demand for LNG as a fuel. One of the obstacles to the accelerated uptake is the uncertainty regarding its availability. DNV GL is undertaking a new study on the LNG market in the EU as part of its efforts to drive the development of an EU-wide network of LNG refuelling points. The company has also developed a new tool and guidelines to facilitate wider adoption...Continue Reading Here.

ABS classes world’s largest LNG powered ethane carrier

ABS has  confirmed that the ABS-classed Navigator Aurora, the world’s largest ethane/ethylene capable liquefied gas carrier, has been delivered to Navigator Gas by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China...Continue Reading Here.

Pivotal, Crowley reach LNG supply agreement for Puerto Rico

Pivotal LNG has announced  a multi-year agreement to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Carib Energy LLC , a Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary. Crowley will transport and deliver LNG from the U.S. mainland to its newest client, Molinos de Puerto Rico, a subsidiary of Ardent Mills LLC, the island’s leading supplier of flour as well as wheat, corn and rice-based food ingredients...Continue Reading Here

NOAA supports marine mammal protection

NOAA Fisheries have awarded nearly $3 million in grants to support the conservation and recovery of protected marine species through stranding response and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation...Continue Readin Here

China cracks down on ship pollution

Beijing is clamping down further on ship emissions in rulings that could change the shipping industry forever. The Chinese government has come under pressure to act over the dire state of the environment and has already taken sweeping measures against many industries, including shipping with the creation of the nation’s first ECAs (emission control areas). It is now going a step further, issuing its first ever set of national standards to curb harmful emissions from the shipping industry...Continue Reading Here

Scientists Listen to Whales to Learn How to Protect Them Industry, government and conservationists use acoustic monitoring to better understand marine life near New York City - Hannah Furfaro, The Wall Street Journal

Scientists now have an ear in the ocean, and state and industry players can't wait to have a listen.
As data from whale calls filter in from newly installed monitoring technology off the coast of Fire Island, a partnership of industry, government and conservationists is working to better understand and protect marine life in the busy waters near New York City.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the shipping industry-led North American Marine Environment Protection Association are scheduled to host a free panel session on the topic Wednesday at the Central Park Zoo...Continue Reading Here.

The Wayward Life Of a Plastic Bag

NAMEPA's interns worked all summer creating this claymation video highlighting the life of a discarded plastic bag. WATCH NOW!


Connecticut SeaGrant Tweeted: "@NAMEPA1 Love the claymation video! You have some very talented interns!! Hope this raises awareness of marine debris. Great music too!"

Fednav welcomes new ship featuring innovative ballast system at Port of Indiana

Fednav Limited, the largest international bulk shipowner in Canada, today welcomes to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, the Federal Caribou , one of seven new oceangoing lakers equipped with a ballast water treatment system-a first for the Great Lakes. This vessel protects the Lakes by treating its ballast water two times: by conducting an exchange in the North Atlantic, and through filtration and a chlorine disinfection treatment on the ship...Continue Reading Here.

Port of LA holds the line on clear air goals

The Port of Los Angeles has largely continued to preserve clean air gains that have reduced key pollutants, lowered health risk in surrounding communities and improved the quality of life in the greater Los Angeles area, according to data from the newly published 2015 Inventory of Air Emissions...Read More Here.

Global Climate Change Threatens Papahānaumokuākea Marine

Despite its remote location in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument faces a looming threat of global climate change that will affect its land and marine ecosystems, as well as its cultural resources, according to a new NOAA report...Continue Reading Here.

South Africa Workshop Promotes Ship Energy Efficiency

An International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is raising awareness of the Organization’s regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships...Continue Reading Here.

Google and Oceana Partner to Track Fishing Vessels

Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over the world, with a new tool that its developers hope will help end the overfishing that has decimated the world's fish stocks...Continue Reading Here.

Connecticut Delegation Urges President Obama to Designate New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts as First Ever Atlantic Marine National Monument

(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led the Connecticut Congressional Delegation today in urging President Barack Obama to designate the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts as the nation’s first ever Atlantic marine national monument...Continue Reading Here.