Removing Marine Debris for Good

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.

Global-scale problems

“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. 

New E-Zero initiative will recognize exceptional compliance

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.

Senators Form Bipartisan Alliance to Address Marine Debris Crisis

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. 

NAMEPA Receives 2nd Grant from Patagonia

"NAMEPA is honored that our collaboration with Patagonia to date has resulted in our receiving a second grant from this corporation that is world renowned for its efforts to protect the environment...." Carleen Lyden-Kluss

 

The North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) has received a grant from Patagonia’s Environmental Grants and Support Program for the second year. The ultimate goal of the project is “Save Our Seas” by encouraging an entire generation to become responsible stewards of the marine environment.  NAMEPA’s Campus to Community Marine Environmental Stewards project will guide NAMEPA Campus Chapters in using the Advocate, Educate, Activate methodology to accomplish program objectives toward this goal...Continue Reading Here. 

New Leadership at Bureau Veritas

Philippe Donche-Gay, President of classification society Bureau Veritas, has been promoted to the role of Senior Executive Vice President of Bureau Veritas, reporting to the group’s CEO, Didier Michaud-Daniel. His new role sees him lead the implementation of Bureau Veritas' strategic plans in parallel with his position as President of the Marine & Offshore Division... Continue Reading Her. 

Connecticut Maritime Association’s 2017 Shipping Conference – Remarks from Jeffrey Lantz, Office of Regs & Standards

For those of you who were unable to attend, Maritime Commons is providing a condensed version of each set of remarks in a four-part series. These remarks are not ‘as delivered’ but provide a condensed version of the panel highlights in the ‘panel-conversational’ style.

Continuing with the series, next up are remarks by Mr. Jeffrey Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards. In his remarks, Lantz provides thoughts on US ballast water regulations, compliance with MARPOL Annex I and VI, and touches on a new program, QUALSHIP 21 E-Zero, designed to recognize excellence in industry environmental stewardship...Continue Reading Here. 
 

NAMEPA, Tall Ships America Sign MOU to Advance Maritime Education

Organizations’ focus on nautical sciences, seafaring skills and the importance of protecting the marine environment.

 (Stamford, CT) The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Tall Ships America (TSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance education in seafaring skills, the nautical sciences, the maritime industry and protecting the marine environment.

On March 21, 2017, NAMEPA Chairman of the Board, Joe Hughes and TSA President and Board Chairman, Mike Rauworth signed the MOU at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA’s) Shipping 2017 conference.

The MOU will aid in fostering a collaborative effort that encourages learning about seafaring skills, the nautical sciences, the maritime industry and the marine environment and the impact the industry has on local communities as well as the global economy.

 

“Our organizations share a common commitment to the maritime industry,” says Joe Hughes.  “NAMEPA is thrilled to establish this alliance with TSA that will lead to increased public awareness about maritime history and culture and advocate for sensible and sustainable marine environment practices.”

 

“Through the TSA alliance with NAMEPA we look to increase the public’s awareness about the contribution the maritime industry makes to the local and global communities,” says Mike Rauworth. “Our combined goals to teach seamanship skills, nautical sciences, marine environment education and character building will prove to be a valuable collaboration to many communities.”

TALL SHIPS AMERICA, a non-profit educational membership organization, with diverse vessel and program members, each dedicated to providing hands-on experience and training in seafaring skills and the nautical sciences, and is recognized by Congress as the national sail training organization representing the United States; and North American Marine Environment Protection Association (hereinafter NAMEPA), a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware and qualified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Visit us at: www.sailtraining.org

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources. Visit us at: www.namepa.net

Bert Rogers, Executive Director, TSA; Michael J. Rauworth, President and Board Chairman, TSA; Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMPEA; Joe Hughes, Chairman of the Board, NAMEPA

TMS’ NEW OCEAN GUARDIAN PROGRAM SIMPLIFIES THE COMPLEXITIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE

March 13, 2017, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Navigating the complex web of environmental regulations governing the maritime industry is about to become easier with the launch of Ocean Guardian, a new tool created by Total Marine Solutions, a Fort Lauderdale-based environmental products and services company.

Ocean Guardian significantly simplifies a shipboard operator’s ability to comply with marine environmental regulations by taking the guesswork out of determining which regulations apply to a specific area.

“There are numerous governing bodies which regulate emissions and discharge for each country and region. The regulations are updated and modified regularly, making it difficult for onboard operators to ensure compliance with the most up-to-date rules and guidance,” said Total Marine Solutions’ President Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons. “Ocean Guardian is an easy-to-use program that provides operators with immediate access to the latest regulations at the click of a button.”

Ocean Guardian matches a ship’s exact location with its one-of-a-kind comprehensive global regulatory database to supply operators with the specific environmental regulations and rules for that location. Fully integrated with a ship’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Ocean Guardian is location specific up to .25nm, removing the need to review numerous manuals, guides and environmental matrices to determine which regulations apply.

“Today’s heightened regulatory environment has resulted in greater challenges for the maritime industry. Enforcement agencies are taking stronger action to hold those who violate environmental regulations accountable for marine pollution,” said Anagnostis-Irons. “In the last several years we have seen record-breaking fines imposed. Ocean Guardian is designed to help companies facilitate consistent compliance throughout their fleet.”

Ocean Guardian was developed with Brenock, a leader in cutting-edge software solutions in the maritime industry and a long-time business partner of Total Marine Solutions.

“The complexity and breadth of the Ocean Guardian platform made it one of the most challenging projects we have undertaken in the last twenty years. It really is a game changer in the marine industry,” said Manus Walsh, who founded Brenock.

Designed for the international maritime industry, Ocean Guardian’s database not only is updated by experienced marine professionals, but further verified and vetted by a third-party, independent maritime law firm to give clients the confidence of knowing that the information they have is the most up-to-date possible.

“The idea of trying to become environmental experts is a tough challenge for a lot of companies, especially with the pace of change in the environmental regulatory world,”

said Richard Pruitt, founder of RMP Sustainability, LLC, which provides guidance in environmental compliance and sustainability to the maritime industry. “The people I have spoken with welcome Ocean Guardian entering into the industry and having it available on their ships.”

Ocean Guardian will launch to the public at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Shipping 2017 Conference and Exhibition taking place March 20- March 22, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Conn. A demonstration and question and answer session is planned for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

ABOUT TOTAL MARINE SOLUTIONS

Total Marine Solutions was established in 2000 with a specific mission to supply environmental products and services with a commitment to customer service and consistent, reliable support. Its focus has remained fixed on working with ship owners and operators in complying with the ever-changing regulations related to environmental protection. This is accomplished through representation of quality manufacturers specializing in the treatment of waste streams, development of monitoring devices and analysis support. Bringing more than thirty years of support expertise in both the sales and purchasing functions of ship operations, the management team at TMS maintains a mindset of ensuring a heightened standard of service excellence. This standard motivates our processes and overall way of doing business.

 

 

ITOPF Handbook 2017/18

 

ITOPF has just published its new Handbook for 2017/8. This contains a wealth of valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in spills of oil and chemicals from ships. Updated annually, it features information on ITOPF's technical and information services, oil

ITOPF Handbook 2017/18


ITOPF has just published its new Handbook for 2017/8. This contains a wealth of valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in spills of oil and chemicals from ships. Updated annually, it features information on ITOPF's technical and information services, oil spill statistics, the fate and effects of marine oil spills, clean-up techniques, and compensation.

Hard copies of the Handbook are currently being mailed to our Members and contacts. Individual copies are also available to others on request; please contact Terry Goodchild.

Copies are also available as a PDF to download from our website. spill statistics, the fate and effects of marine oil spills, clean-up techniques, and compensation.

Hard copies of the Handbook are currently being mailed to our Members and contacts. Individual copies are also available to others on request; please contact Terry Goodchild.

Copies are also available as a PDF to download from our website.

Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program Update

Vessel owners/operators are required to comply with the U.S. ballast water regulations provided in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151, Sections 151.1510 or 151.2025.  Upon a vessel’s compliance date, these regulations require use of one of the approved ballast water management methods listed in the regulations. One of the approved methods is installation and operation of a U.S. type-approved ballast water management system (BWMS).  Information about Coast Guard type-approved BWMS is available at the Coast Guard “Maritime Commons” blog, Maritime Information Exchange (CGMIX), and Homeport internet portal... Continue Reading Here. 

Kathy Metcalf’s Letter to the Chamber of Shipping of American Members

As noted in Kathy Metcalf’s letter to the Chamber of Shipping of American members, there was a side meeting at the United Nations at which maritime industry and conservationists met with UN delegates and aides to discuss the intersection between shipping and whales.  While the topic of ship strikes and aquatic noise dominated the discussion, this was balanced by a recognition of the role shipping plays in global society and the steps being taken to mitigate shipping’s impact on the marine environment.

NAMEPA Chairman Joe Hughes and I were at this event, and were struck by the intentionality of the meeting from the conservation side.  This is an important issue for them, which, as Kathy indicates, may result in further work on the topics and a push for shipping (through the IMO) to modify its operations.  We need to be prepared.

Carleen

 

 

 

In preparation for the United Nations Oceans Conference set for 5-9 June 2017 in New York, a number of preparatory committees and side events are being conducted.  On February 15, 2017, a side event was held at the UN, sponsored jointly by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS),  the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Government of France.  The event was titled "At the crossroads: Global Shipping Lanes and Whale Conservation".  The event was keynoted by H.E. Peter Thomson, the President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly and was attended by a number of governments, evidencing the high visibility of this issue to the UN community.  A large portion of the side event was focused on a panel facilitated by Dr. Greg Silber from NOAA with whom CSA has worked a number of years on ship strike issues.   CSA was asked to participate on this panel as a representative of the shipping industry.  Additional participants included a representative from IMO and three others from the scientific community.  The panel focused on two specific issues - commercial ship strikes of whales and the impacts of commercial shipping noise on living marine resources.

With this summary of the event in mind, the purpose of this email is to alert the shipping industry that, from my perspective, the issues of ship strikes and commercial shipping noise are gaining significant momentum at the UN, likely pushed by a number of environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who clearly have the ear of certain governments at the UN.  Future developments at the UN as well as potentially at IMO advise for a close watch on these issues at all levels of the UN system.

As a representative of the shipping industry, two fundamental points were made.  First, any additional initiatives to regulate shipping must be the responsibility of the IMO and not other UN organizations focused on resource protection and conservation.  The second point emphasized is the lack of data and impacts analysis regarding shipping and living marine resources, both temporally and spatially, and before any new initiatives on additional regulation of shipping are even begun, this lack of data and impacts analysis must be correctedbefore any intelligent decisions can be made in the future.

From my perspective, I believe it is the intent of the sponsors of this event to include ship strikes and commercial shipping noise as one of the Call for Action items that are agreed at the upcoming UN Oceans Conference.  What such a decision would mean for future actions, particularly at IMO, remains to be seen.  It is clear that a number of the environmental NGOs will push further action on these issues including mandatory controls on global shipping e.g. speed restrictions and the establishment of global shipping lanes.  While it is clear what the industry's position on these types of proposals would be, it is important that the industry be prepared to confront these proposals head on when they arise in whatever forum.

Regards,
Kathy