In the past several years, Detyens Shipyards has seen an increase in the number of drydock inquiries and bookings from international vessel operators. . . Says Peter Browne, vice president of estimating, “We feel this is a combination of several factors which includes our year round good weather conditions, our dry dock availability, our pricing structure, our ability to complete on time on budget repairs and that the our shipyard is technically capable of handling sophisticated refits.”
“Restore America’s Estuaries is excited to partner with NAMEPA to bring together leaders from the estuarine protection and restoration sector, and the shipping and maritime industry. This partnership will foster collaboration in tackling some of our coasts’ most pressing challenges and provide a strong foundation working towards protecting our coastal systems, resources, and economies. The nexus between our two organizations provides a natural platform for our partnership and we look forward to working with NAMEPA.” Jeff Benoit, President and CEO.
10 million tonnes of litter end up in the oceans every year. That is one garbage truck per minute, 400 kilos per second. Millions of marine animals die every year because of marine litter, including sea birds, seals, whales, dolphins and turtles. In some areas, micro plastics already outnumber plankton by six to one. And the prospects for the future look grim: by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the seas and 99% of seabirds could have ingested plastic.
"The United States Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard's long-standing relationship has yielded great successes . . . Stewardship of our natural resources and the protection of our shared maritime boundary requires great coordination between our two organizations. . . " - Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft
Seaspan Corporation enlists help from DNV GL as a partner for EU-Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of their entire fleet.
EU-MRV regulation aims to quantify and reduce CO2 emissions from shipping while creating a new method for benchmarking. Due to the global nature of the maritime business, most vessels will trade in European waters. To prepare, ship owners with a global operation must act by January 2018.
Four prominent international trade associations have banded together in issuing a joint proposal to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector, which is responsible for transporting about 90% of global trade and 2.2% of the world’s annual man-made CO2 emissions.
Like NAMEPA, PlasticChange.org is working towards a marine environment free of plastic pollution. They recently released a short, entertaining video on YouTube that depicts the issue from a slightly different perspective. Bravo!
As the World Ocean Conference is being held in New York this week and, on the occasion of the World Ocean Day on 8 June, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) cites ten simple advice that everyone could do, in order to save oceans.
Although the ocean is vital for human life, as it protects us from the worst effects of climate change, humanity hasn’t been too kind, as it pollutes and destroys this valuable resource, according to UN. Today, 40% of oceans are considered heavily affected by human activity.... Continue Reading Here.
The American Club’s Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced the lineup for this year’s “Safety at Sea” seminar being held on May 22nd at the National Press Club in Washington DC beginning at 1330hrs for registration. The seminar will be followed by the United States Coast Guard AMVER Awards Reception.
“Never before has the issue of safety been such an important issue for the maritime industry amid a myriad of changes,” stated Hughes. “NAMEPA’s goal for this event is to help identify strategies for the industry to navigate through these complicated waters... Continue Reading Here.
The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic — bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles — and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic...Continue Reading Here.
Stena Line suggests industry stakeholders to draw their attention to a strategy focusing on sustainability and environmental improvements. Company’s key data revealed that fuel consumption and emission levels to the air and sea have both decreased, therefore sustainable practices eventually pay off...Continue Reading Here.
Marine and aquatic debris is one of the most widespread solvable pollution problems, plaguing oceans, rivers and lakes around the globe. DESMI is applying its expert knowledge and lengthy track record in oil spill recovery to tackle the issue.
“Marine and aquatic debris or litter” refers to human-created waste deliberately or accidentally been released in a lake, sea, ocean or waterway. It’s a growing global problem that impacts heavily on marine life as well as human health and life quality. In fact, as much as 10 percent of the world’s plastic waste alone ends up in the ocean, much of it non-biodegradable. But there is hope at hand – and DESMI, a Danish-based, global company specialized in the development and manufacture of pump and oil spill response solutions, is looking to strengthen both technologies and partnerships to tackle the problem... Continue Reading Here.
The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is pleased to announce the QUALSHIP 21 E-Zero Program, which officially commences July 1, 2017.
E-Zero indicates a vessel has zero environmental deficiencies or violations and is a new addition to the existing QUALSHIP 21 program, which has been in place for over 15 years worldwide. The E-Zero designation will be awarded to QUALSHIP 21 ships that have consistently adhered to environmental compliance, while also demonstrating an immense commitment to environmental stewardship, above and beyond the QUALSHIP 21 criteria... Continue Reading Here.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced S. 756, the bipartisan Save our Seas (SOS) Act to help address the marine debris epidemic affecting America’s ocean shorelines and inland waterways, as well as other coasts across the globe. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have also co-sponsored the bill...Continue Reading Here.
Senator Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Save Our Seas Act of 2017 (S. 756) to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes. Senator Sullivan issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/29/17) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s756is/pdf/BILLS-115s756is.pdf].