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.
The Government of Canada will introduce legislation by spring 2017 to formalize a moratorium for crude oil tankers on British Columbia’s (B.C.) north coast. This will provide extra protection for B.C.’s pristine northern coastline, including the Great Bear Rainforest, from potential oil spills...Continue Reading Here.
On the beach lies a motorcycle helmet, a mannequin's head, an umbrella handle and a flip-flop. They didn't fall from a plane or off a ship, and there aren't any civilians living here who could have left them behind.
They were washed onto Midway Atoll with the tide, most likely part of an enormous plastic garbage patch spinning in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Some of the coffee cup lids, water bottles and bags you discarded are probably in there.
Some 8 million tons of plastic trash leak into the ocean annually, and it's getting worse every year. Some of it kills the birds on the atoll. Some sinks deep into the ocean and can end up in plankton. Some, including the likely carcinogen styrene, gets back to us through the food chain.
"These are the classic 'canary in the coal mine' scenarios," said Matthew Brown with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration...Watch the Video on CNN HERE.
Adidas has released the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley running shoe - the first mass-produced footwear created using plastic waste retrieved by clean-up operations in the Maldives (95 percent) and recycled polyester (five percent). Each pair reuses eleven plastic bottles.
The shoes laces, heel cap base material, heel webbing, heel lining and the sock-liner cover are also made with recycled materials...Continue Reading Here.
At the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit on Wednesday, Carbon War Room, exactEarth, and University Maritime Advisory Service (UMAS) launched BetterFleet, a free-to-access ship operational efficiency portal on ShippingEfficiency.org.
Based on similar data and methods used by the IMO to assess the world fleet, BetterFleet shows how efficiently an individual vessel has operated over the past year and compares it against its peers...Continue Reading Here.
Each year, the Coast Guard, in partnership with the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Mystic Aquarium and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (OAS-CIP), sponsors a student art program with themes that relate to the marine environment...Continue Reading Here.
IMO Sets Up Website for Kids http://kids.imo.org/
IMO’s Climate Change Mandat
An audience of lawyers and academics have heard that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) gives a clear mandate for IMO to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment from or through the atmosphere and to address climate change...Continue Reading here.
Carbon has a bad name. The 2015 Paris climate agreement calls for a balance between carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere and to earthbound carbon sinks1. Climate Neutral Now, a United Nations initiative, encourages businesses and individuals to voluntarily measure, reduce and offset their greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. The American Institute of Architects has challenged the architecture community worldwide to become carbon neutral by 2030. The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, an international network of urban-sustainability directors, aims to slash its cities' greenhouse-gas emissions by 80% by 2050..Continue Reading Here.
Canada has the world’s longest coastline, and our water is one of our most important resources. Canadians across the country rely on transportation to go about their everyday life or to deliver products to market in a safe and responsible way.
On November 7, 2016, the Prime Minister launched a $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan that improves marine safety and responsible shipping, protects Canada’s marine environment, and offers new possibilities for Indigenous and coastal communities...Continue Reading here.
The two major port State control regimes, Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU, will increase focus on the sulfur limit regulations after reaching an agreement to carry out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) in 2018 focusing on air pollution from ships...Continue Reading Here.
At the COP22 conference in Morocco, the International Chamber of Shipping's director of policy said that industry wants to see climate change commitments made at IMO by 2018, with an enforcement mechanism to follow after...Continue Reading Here.
Underwater noise around the U.K. has been analyzed for the first time finding that many sites were exposed to persistent noise from shipping traffic.
In addition to shipping noise, the team also identified noise from onshore industrial activities, fishing and acoustic deterrent devices (also known as seal scarers and used to keep seals away from fish farms)...Continue Reading Here.
Maritime broadband company KVH Industries recently stated that India will have 500 million Internet users by 2017 and the Philippines has the fastest growing Internet population in the world, up more than six-fold in the last five years. Health providers are making use of this increased connectivity to advance high-tech telemedicine options. But it’s also using it to advance simpler options to improve seafarer health – like reminding them to brush their teeth...Continue Reading Here.
At COP22, IMO maintains that it is "the appropriate international body" for addressing shipping's carbon emissions
by MarEx 11/07/2016
From November 7-18, delegates from nearly 200 nations will be in Marrakech for the COP22 climate conference, the follow-up to the landmark meeting in Paris last year.
Negotiators will be working to hammer out the details of last year's groundbreaking climate deal – how exactly, and how fast, the countries will move to implement the promised changes.
They will also have to decide whether to set more stringent requirements for themselves, as their current commitments are insufficient to prevent a dangerous average temperature rise of two degrees Celcius (3.5 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.
by Reuters at MarEx 11/07/2016
A switch to cleaner fuels in the world's ships in 2020 could double the profits of the world's most advanced oil refineries - but threatens to put older ones out of business and punish those countries, including prominent OPEC members, that produce the wrong kind of crude.
by MarEx 11/07/2016
Canada's Liberal government on Monday vowed to toughen its response to oil spills at sea, a move some environmentalists said was a clear signal Ottawa will approve a hotly-contested pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Coast.
As part of a marine safety plan to protect oceans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa would invest in better response measures and research into how to clean up oil spills.