Adventures of a Maritime Archaeologist

Ocean Today has produced seven films involving host Dr James Delgado, a NOAA maritime archaeologist, as he journeys back hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of years to track how humans have engaged with water, from the first canoes to 21st-century tankers...Continue reading here.

Deepwater Wind Readies For First Blow

by Joe Ryan (Bloomberg) Deepwater Wind LLC is on the verge of completing the first U.S. wind farm off the coast of the U.S., a milestone for an industry that has struggled for a more than decade to build in North American waters.

Workers have installed blades on four of the five 589-foot turbines at the site off the coast of Rhode Island and construction may be complete as early as this week, according to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Grybowski. The 30-megawatt, $300 million project is expected to begin commercial operation in early November...continue reading here

In Memoriam: Helen Delich Bentley (1923-2016)

Timonium, MD, August 6, 2016, 2016 – Surrounded by family and friends, long-time colleague and maritime industry advocate Helen Delich Bentley left us today for a better world. Known as much for her salty language as her fearless advocacy of all things maritime, she will be sorely missed, but her legacy of accomplishment – particularly on behalf of the Port of Baltimore, the people of Maryland, and U.S. maritime – is unchallenged and will live long after her...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.

The letter, signed by Blumenthal, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Congressman John Larson (CT-1), Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), urges the President to use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to preserve and protect the unique environmental treasure..Continue Reading Here.

A Monumental Chance for Monumental Protection

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosted a town hall meeting in Providence, Rhode Island to discuss the possible designation of the first Marine National Monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean with scientists, conservationists, fishermen, and the public.

A Marine National Monument is a type of Marine Protected Area that is designated through a Presidential Proclamation. Currently, there are four U.S. Marine National Monuments in the U.S. Pacific Ocean – Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll, and Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.  President George W. Bush established these monuments in 2006 and 2009. In 2014, President Obama expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to make it the largest Marine Protected Area in the world! Together the monuments cover over 700,000 square miles of water  and protect some of the U.S. Pacific’s most beautiful and biologically diverse habitats from commercial fishing, mining, and drilling... Continue Reading Here

Port of Tacoma Moves Forward on LNG Bunkering

The Northwest Seaport Alliance moved forward on LNG bunkering Tuesday, granting an approval for easements for a new liquefaction plant and terminal in the Port of Tacoma. 

The LNG facility's developer, utility company Puget Sound Energy, had asked for easements for a pipeline from its proposed plant to the Blair Waterway, plus an easement for a loading dock on the waterway to provide bunkers to LNG-fueled vessels – principally TOTE Maritime Alaska's two Orca-class ships, which will be converted to run on liquefied natural gas. ..Continue Reading Here.

Wallem responds to sex discrimination allegations

Hong Kong’s Wallem Group has responded to a sex discrimination row that erupted Thursday morning in the UK’s Daily Mail, the world’s most read newspaper.

Sophia Walker, 24, a qualified British deck officer, hit out at the shipmanager yesterday after she was refused a job interview because she “would be better off working on a cruise ship”...Continue Reading Here. 

New Plan Would Make Seattle One of US’ Deepest Ports

A new report published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the Port of Seattle outlines a plan that would make the port one of the deepest harbors in North America...Continue Reading Here.

Maersk Reroutes Asia - US Service Via Panama

Maersk Line will transform its TP12 service in to a standalone, around-the-world service that provides significantly faster transit times between Far East Asia and the US East Coast.

From the Far East to the US East Coast the TP12 service will transit the new Panama Canal locks and call the ports of Newark, Norfolk and Baltimore on the US East Coast...Continue Reading Here.

Royal Caribbean Beats 2Q Forecast

New York-listed cruise line company Royal Caribbean Cruises reported its adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2016 at USD 235.2 million, or USD 1.09 per share, compared to USD 185 million seen in the same period in 2015, representing an increase of 25 percent..Continue Reading Here.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces TIGER Awards Nearly $500 Million in Grants to Projects Focused on Safety and Economic Opportunity

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today nearly $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country in the eighth round of the highly successful and competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.  Secretary Foxx was joined by Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council at the White House, and Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh, PA on a national call with reporters to highlight how this funding will improve safety and economic opportunity in two U.S. territories, 32 states, and 40 communities across the country...Continue Reading Here. 

Paris MOU to Inspect Working and Living Conditions on Ships

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC,2006).

The aim of the CIC is to verify that the minimum standards for working and living conditions have been implemented on board. This inspection campaign will be held for a period of three months, commencing from 1 September 2016 and ending 30 November 2016...Continue Reading Here

Cruise Lines Readying for Ballast Water Treatment 


Passenger vessels typically have low-volume ballast requirements, but they are subject to the same installation complexities and compliance uncertainty as the shipping industry at large when it comes to the implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention...Continue Reading Here. 

Paris MoU Planning MLC, 2006 Crackdown

The Paris MoU on Port State Control is getting ready to launch a 3-month campaign intended to crack down on sub-standard working and living conditions on board ships by verifying compliance with Maritime Labour Convention, 2006... Continue Reading Here. 

US Coast Guard Recognizes ABS Employee for Leadership in US Gas Development

Roy Bleiberg receives USCG Meritorious Public Service Award for efforts to advance the safe, clean, and viable use of gas in the maritime industry.

(Houston) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, is pleased to announce that the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Roy Bleiberg, Vice President of Engineering for the ABS Americas Division, the USCG Meritorious Public Service Award. The award is the second-highest public service award presented by the USCG to civilians who provide substantial contributions that results in advancement of the Coast Guard’s mission and benefit the general public.

Commander Jason Smith, Detachment Chief, USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise, presented this prestigious award at a ceremony at the ABS World Headquarters on Wednesday, 27 July. The citation notes that Bleiberg was selected for the award for his “unparalleled support to the Coast Guard as a leading advocate for the safe, clean, and viable transport and use of compressed gases within the maritime industry.”

Some of Bleiberg’s notable achievements at ABS include successfully advocating for the safe design and operation of multiple novel maritime gas projects and technologies, training USCG personnel to better understand gas cargo and usage as marine fuel, and supporting the USCG and other safety focused organizations in developing domestic and international gas regulations, standards, and policies.

“ABS has played a leading maritime industry role in the North American gas revolution,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “Roy’s work in this area is exemplary, and on behalf of ABS, I congratulate him for this tremendous honor.”

ABS has established itself as the premier classification society in supporting the North American gas industry. The first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled vessels in the United States – the Harvey Gulf Offshore Supply Vessels and TOTE Maritime containerships – and first LNG bunkering vessels in North America were developed with ABS involvement. The organization also plays a leadership role in the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure, producing the landmark ABS study Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas Fueled Marine Vessels in North America, which is a roadmap for designers, builders and vessel owners looking for guidance in understanding the regulatory requirements around this growing market. ABS served as the class society for the gas carrier that moved the first US LNG exports from Sabine Pass and classes the world’s largest and most advanced gas carriers and gas fueled vessels.

About ABS

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.

Satellite Data Could Help Reduce Ocean Noise Risks

The Canadian Space Agency is helping to fund six projects from Canadian companies that aim to use satellites data to address the noise risks that whales face from maritime traffic in Canadian waters..continue reading here. 

COSCO First Transit of Panama Canal, Now First Accident

China Cosco Shipping (COSCO) was the first company to have a vessel transit the expanded Panama Canal, and now it is the first company to have a vessel allide with the canal.
The 8,500 teu container ship Xin Fei Zhou hit with a wall while transiting the locks at Agua Clara on the Atlantic side of the canal on Thursday afternoon...continue reading here. 

First of the Megaships Arrives in New York Harbor

Less than two weeks after the expanded Panama Canal opened on June 26, the first container vessel to transit the new canal locks and continue to an East Coast port—and also the largest vessel ever to visit the metropolitan region—arrived in New York Harbor...Continue reading here. 

DEP and NRDC Join Forces

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are joining forces to expand the city’s Green Infrastructure Program by enlisting the cooperation of more private property owners...continue reading here. 

NASSCO Floats Out Fourth ECO Tanker

US shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO has completed the float-out of the Bay State, the fourth of the five LNG-conversion-ready Jones Act tankers ordered by American Petroleum Tankers.

The ECO tanker will be christened at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego on September 17.

The five 50,000 dwt tankers have a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity, and are 610 feet long... continue reading here.

New Member - TRANSAS

July 18, 2016 – Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Co-Founder and Executive Director of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced today that Transas has joined NAMEPA as a new member... Read more here.

Tanker Manager and Owner Face Pollution, Conspiracy Charges in US

A federal grand jury in Charleston, South Carolina, has returned indictment charging Aegean Shipping Management S.A. and Aegeansun Gamma Inc. with obstruction of an agency proceeding, conspiracy, and failing to keep accurate pollution control records, the US Justice Department announced...Continue Reading Here. 

2016 Awards Criteria


·         Maritime Industry (to include, ship owners, operators, shipyard, etc)

·         Federal, State or Local Environmental agency

·         Non-Profit Environmental entity

·         Individual

·         Maritime Academies, Harbor Schools, Universities


3-5 pages, type written maximum.  Submissions may be made electronically to Jane Seyer at  Pictures may be included; but please keep the overall document less than 6MB.

Submissions will be judged along the following general objectives:

·         Alignment with NAMEPA goals  - “Save our Seas”

·         Educational Benefit

·         Environmental Benefit

·         Innovation

·         Measurable Successes (objectives/targets) in improving protection of the marine environment

Submissions should highlight:

·         The Applicant’s commitment to preserving the marine environment through environmental protection initiatives;

·         New technologies/initiatives that mitigate damage to the marine environment;

·         Efforts (events, curriculum projects, etc.) in educating seafarers, students, port communities and children about the need for and strategies related to protecting the seas as an important global resource;

·         Any awards or recognition for marine environmental protection efforts; and

·         Efforts to increase public awareness on the importance of protecting the marine environment and marine ecosystems.


Deadline for submissions is August 19th.  The winner will be notified by September 2nd.

Federal Court Rules Against The US Navy, In Favor Of Whales

The US Navy has wrongly used sonar at levels that could harm whales, seals, dolphins and walruses and disrupt their feeding and mating, ruled a federal appeals court in San Francisco...Continue Reading Here. 

Green Energy Stock Skyrockets After Power-Generating Buoy Deployment

Ocean Power Technologies Inc. climbed to a 19-month high after installing its first power-generating buoy designed for commercial use, off the coast of New Jersey...Continue Reading Here. 

Scientists call for better plastics design to protect marine life

Improved materials would encourage recycling and prevent single-use containers from entering the oceans and breaking into small pieces. Plastics should be better designed to encourage recycling and prevent wasteful single-use containers finding their way into our oceans, where they break up into small pieces and are swallowed by marine animals, scientists said on Thursday...Continue Reading Here. 

Please post.  NAMEPA goes to Washington to advocate for ocean planning.  "Most effective and cost effective mechanism of balancing commerce and conservation".  Fly-in hosted by Ocean Conservancy attracted over 25 representatives from shipping, conservation, educational institutions, wind energy, and recreational fisherman to urge adoption of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan.

New England Delegation Ocean Plan

The entire Northeast Congressional delegation has signed and submitted a letter to President Obama applauding the Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan.  All 28 members from both the House and Senate came together to show broad, bipartisan support for regional ocean planning in the Northeast. It was submitted today and will be part of the public comments on the plan. 

LNG Fuel Summit & LNG Fuelled Tugs and Barges Event

Future proof your fleet and ensure you are LNG ready. The LNG Fuel Summit for commercial and strategic advice on LNG as a ship’s fuel for all vessels.

This year they have combined the LNG Fuel Forum and LNg Fuelled Tugs & Barges Conference enabling you to meet more people in one meeting place...Continue Reading Here. 

Hollywood Stars Call for Whaling Action

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is asking big-box retailer Costco to stop its purchase and sale of salmon exported from the Faroe Islands until the Faroes end the slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans, known as the grindadráp or grind...Continue Reading Here.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I don’t know about you, but to me the words “corporate governance” and “shipping” are about as far apart as any two expressions can be. Do they even belong in the same sentence together? Do they have anything even remotely to do with one another? “Maritime corporate governance” strikes many as an oxymoron, including yours truly, and in all my years in the boardrooms of shipping companies I don’t think I ever heard the term “corporate governance” mentioned...Continue Reading Here. 

Low Sulfur Fuel Made from Plastic Waste

Recycling Technologies of the U.K. has created a low sulfur fuel from residual mixed plastic waste that is not amenable to direct recycling and would otherwise go to landfill. The group claims the fuel is a substitute for fossil based heavy fuel oil and diesel in applications such as power generation and marine propulsion...Continue Reading Here.

World Maritime Day 2017 Theme Chosen

"Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the IMO Council.

Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session at IMO Headquarters in London, Lim said the theme would provide an opportunity to work with developed and developing countries, shipping and public and private sector ports with a view to identifying and promoting best practices and building bridges between the many diverse actors involved in these areas...Continue Reading Here

North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership Action Plan

June 30, 2016


The North American Climate, Energy, and Environment Partnership was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto on June 29, 2016, at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada. This Action Plan identifies the deliverables to be achieved and activities to be pursued by the three countries as part of this enduring Partnership.

Advancing Clean and Secure Energy

Advance clean energy and integration of energy resources, including renewables:

Strive to achieve a goal for North America of 50% clean power generation by 2025, including renewable, nuclear, and carbon capture and storage technologies, as well as demand reduction through energy efficiency, with actions undertaken by each country individually to achieve this regional goal being in accordance with their own conditions, specific legal frameworks and clean energy national goals.

Advance clean energy development and deployment (including renewable, nuclear, and carbon capture and storage technologies).

Support the development of cross-border transmission projects, including for renewable electricity. The three countries recognize the important role that cross-border transmission lines can play in cleaning and increasing the reliability and flexibility of North America’s electricity grid. At least six transmission lines currently proposed or in permitting review, such as the Great Northern Transmission Line, the New England Clean Power Link, and the Nogales Interconnection, would add approximately 5,000 megawatts (MW) of new cross-border transmission capacity.

Jointly study, identify, and implement options for broad energy system integration, including completion of the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review focused on a comprehensive review of the electricity system. In addition, develop the North American Renewable Integration Study.

Greater trilateral collaboration on encouraging the greening of government initiatives and on the purchase of more efficient products, cleaner power, and clean vehicles as appropriate. The U.S. General Services Administration and Public Services and Procurement Canada announce their intention to increase the percentage of electricity they purchase from clean energy sources to 100% by 2025.

Greater trilateral collaboration on encouraging the greening of government initiatives through establishing ongoing exchange and cooperation between countries to share and leverage existing methodologies, tools, analysis and lessons learned to further enhance the sustainability of our Federal operations.

Improve energy efficiency:

Better align and further improve appliance and equipment efficiency standards. We commit to align six energy efficiency standards or test procedures for equipment by the end of 2017, and a total of ten standards or test procedures by the end of 2019.

Drive industrial and commercial efficiency to reduce energy use and increase competitiveness through the voluntary ISO 50001 energy performance standard, and commit to set a common target for ISO 50001 uptake by 2017.

Work collaboratively to identify at least one major industry partner to pilot ISO 50001 adoption throughout its supply chain, emphasizing technical resources to support the success of this strategy for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region.

Accelerate clean energy innovation and advance cooperation on energy information:

Leverage participation in Mission Innovation by identifying joint research and demonstration initiatives to advance clean technologies in priority areas such as: reducing methane emissions; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; electricity grids and energy storage; as well as conditioning of spaces and energy efficiency in buildings.

Through the North American Competitiveness Work Plan, advance a North American Clean Energy Partnership Initiative to support the development of linkages among clean energy technology companies, with a focus on SMEs, and to promote the use and export of North American clean energy and environmental technology.

Further advance collaboration on the North American Cooperation on Energy Information platform, by including additional geospatial information relating to cross-border infrastructure, static maps of solar resources, a renewable energy resource catalogue, as well as relevant updates to the terminology glossary.

Strengthen the reliability, resilience and security of the North American Electricity Grid:

Building on the U.S.-Canadian experience, Mexico and the United States have initiated discussions to explore a similar conceptual model for deepened bilateral electric reliability cooperation.  This cooperation is a critical step towards establishing a shared trilateral vision for electricity reliability in North America.

Our three countries are committed to deepened electric reliability cooperation to strengthen the security and resilience of an increasingly integrated North American electricity grid against the growing threats presented by cyber-attacks and severe weather events.

Driving Down Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector:

Reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, the world’s largest industrial methane source, 40-45% by 2025 towards achieving the greenhouse gas targets in our nationally determined contributions, and explore additional opportunities for methane reductions. The three countries commit to develop and implement federal regulations for both existing and new sources as soon as possible to achieve the target. We intend to invite other countries to join this ambitious target or develop their own methane reduction goal.

Collaborate on the development of federal programs and policies, and exchange information, practices and experiences regarding reducing emissions in the oil and gas sector to improve outcomes.

Encourage oil and gas firms to join international efforts such as the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Oil and Gas Methane Partnership and the Global Methane Initiative, and domestic initiatives.

Share information and tools to support better methane data collection, improved source measurements, and transparency of emissions reporting across North America to enhance the effectiveness of emission inventories, and promote the adoption of cost-effective technologies and practices for field measurement, monitoring, and emissions mitigation.

Develop national methane strategies with a focus on key sectors:

develop and implement national methane reduction strategies that could target key sectors such as oil and gas, agriculture, and waste management.Support the regional commitment and collaboration initiative under the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) using voluntary measures to reduce and recover food waste in North America, in line with Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which envisions a 50% reduction in global food waste by 2030.

Take actions to reduce emissions from landfills – the third largest source of methane globally.

Reduce black carbon (soot):

Commit to pursuing domestic actions to reduce black carbon, recognizing that black carbon is a climate pollutant with strong warming impacts that affects air quality and human health, and that action to reduce black carbon emissions is an important component of efforts to address climate change, as a complement to reducing greenhouse gases.

Strengthen initiatives to reduce black carbon in sectors such as industry and agriculture, including through technical support and information-sharing on best practices, strategies, and methodologies.

Drive down black carbon emissions from new heavy-duty diesel vehicles to near-zero levels continent-wide by implementing aligned, world-class, ultra low-sulphur diesel fuel and HDV exhaust air pollutant emission standards by 2018.

Deploy renewable energy and efficiency alternatives to diesel, coal, or firewood in remote communities, in collaboration with international partners and organizations.

Collaborate on implementation of the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative.

Affirm existing efforts to quantify and reduce emission of black carbon in other venues. These include:

Establishing the North America black carbon inventory under the CEC, through which each country submits a national inventory.

Supporting or carrying out, as appropriate, national action planning through the CCAC, plus sector-specific initiatives such as those targeting municipal solid waste, diesel fuel, and industrial emissions through the CCAC.

Developing black carbon inventories consistent with the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution.

Reduce hydrofluorocarbons:

In 2016, the United States expects to finalize a rule to expand the list of low global warming potential alternatives and prohibit the use of certain high-global warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. Canada plans to establish a domestic regulatory permitting and reporting regime for HFCs and develop new HFC regulatory measures, including a phase-down of HFCs and product-specific prohibitions. Mexico plans to initiate new actions to authorize the use of low global warming potential SNAP-approved HFC alternatives as well as promote their use as alternatives to high global warming potential HFCs and remove barriers to deployment.

Promoting Clean and Efficient Transportation

Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from motor vehicles:

Work together to promote a common continental approach and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases, and achieve other important air-quality co-benefits of motor vehicles, including by:

Accelerating deployment of clean and efficient vehicles in government fleets, including through U.S. commitments to expand charging infrastructure at federal facilities, and leveraging innovative financing and economies of scale for U.S. agencies seeking to scale up clean and efficient vehicle fleets and infrastructure;

Working collaboratively with industry to identify initiatives to support consumer choice and encourage the adoption of clean and efficient vehicles;

Supporting development of and encouraging public and private investments in clean refueling infrastructure to establish ‎North American clean refueling corridors;

Aligning applicable regulations, codes and standards where appropriate;

Fostering research, development, and demonstration activities for new clean technologies including for advanced vehicles;

Convening a meeting to engage industry leaders and other stakeholders by spring 2017 as part of a shared vision for a competitive and clean North American automotive sector, and Promoting access to Zero Emission Vehicle refueling infrastructure in homes, the workplace and communities.

Implement aligned, world-class, ultra low-sulphur diesel fuel and heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) exhaust air pollutant emission standards by 2018.

Implement aligned, light-duty vehicle (LDV) and HDV fuel efficiency and/or greenhouse gas standards out to 2025 and 2027, respectively.

Align LDV exhaust and evaporative air pollutant emission standards with full U.S. Tier 2 standards by 2018 and fully phase in Tier 3 standards by 2025, while also implementing ultra low-sulphur gasoline standards.

Support the implementation of green freight best practices:

Align and harmonize green freight efforts for North America by expanding the SmartWay program to include Mexico.  The three countries intend to collaborate to drive down fuel use through best practices in fleet operations and management, improving energy efficiency while reducing emissions.

Reduce maritime shipping emissions:

Continue to work together through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, including emissions from existing ships.

Welcome the recent approval of a mandatory global data collection system within the IMO to collect data on ship-specific CO2 emissions and energy efficiency.

Ongoing collaboration through the CEC in support of the finalization and submission to the IMO of a Mexican Emission Control Area designation proposal.Work together and through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to reduce emissions through a basket of measures, including the adoption at the 2016 ICAO Assembly of a robust market-based measure to help enable carbon neutral growth from 2020 onward. This measure should strike an appropriate balance between the principle of non-discrimination and differentiation among countries with different national circumstances, and endorse the phasing-in of implementation and a dynamic approach to the distribution of offsetting requirements as the means to do so. The three countries plan to join the first phase of the measure adopted and work together toward reaching a successful outcome at the ICAO Assembly.

Protecting Nature and Advancing Science

Foster incorporation of traditional knowledge and gender responsiveness:

Collaborate with indigenous and local communities and leaders to more broadly and respectfully include traditional knowledge in decision making, including in natural resource management, where appropriate, and in advancing our understanding of climate change and climate resilience.  We also recognize the importance of a gender-responsive approach to climate action and sustainable development.

Mainstream conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity:

Take national actions to mainstream conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into and across diverse sectors, in support of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements to which each country is party.

Conserve the Monarch butterfly and its habitat:

Building on the significant progress made by the three countries since 2014 to address threats to the Monarch butterfly, continue to address habitat loss and degradation through the Trilateral Working Group for the conservation not only of the Monarch Butterfly, but also of other pollinators.

Promote sufficient breeding, staging, migration, and overwintering habitat is made available domestically to support the 2020 Eastern Monarch population target represented by its occupation of six hectares of overwintering habitat in Mexico.

Continue collaborating through the Tri-national Monarch Science Partnership to coordinate priority research, monitoring, information sharing, and tools development.

Protect migratory birds and their habitat:

Renew and recommit to regional, bilateral, and trilateral activities in support of migratory bird and habitat conservation.

Develop a vision for the next 100 years of bird conservation.

Exchange information on best practices, promote cooperative and coordinated monitoring and research programs, bring together stakeholders to develop strategies for conservation investment, and expand environmental education and outreach.

Protect land and sea migratory species and their habitat:

Implement programs to conserve and improve biological corridors for whales and other species and their habitats, including their food chains and ecosystem quality.

Strengthen cooperation on invasive alien species:

Further collaborate on addressing invasive alien species on a continental scale. Establish a trilateral working group to explore the development of a high level joint Strategy and Action Plan identifying key areas for collaboration, including under the CEC, and to initiate a survey of existing transboundary invasive alien species projects and initiatives.

Strengthen conservation of key species and combat wildlife trafficking:

Continue close collaboration in the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), including efforts to stop the illegal trade in wildlife. Develop specific action plans to deliver creative solutions to protect CITES-listed species, with the goals of ensuring a long-term balance between conservation and sustainable international trade involving all relevant stakeholders.

Enhance cooperation on ocean management:

Recognizing the importance of climate services, robust observations and modelling networks for mitigation and adaptation efforts, better integrate ocean observation systems and foster complementary research on oceans and climate change, including the impacts of climate change on oceans and marine ecosystems.

Support collaborative efforts on early warning systems for natural disasters; in particular, improving ocean observing capabilities and sharing and standardizing data from ocean buoys that would support these systems.

Enhance cooperation among respective Marine Protected Areas, with the goal of increasing economic and socio-ecological resilience in the context of climate change.

Enhance the conservation and restoration of wetlands, which increase mitigation actions (blue carbon), preserve coastal ecosystems services, and reduce the potential impacts of more frequent or intense severe weather events under climate change projections.

Showing Global Leadership in Addressing Climate Change

Support implementation of the Paris Agreement:

Reaffirm our commitment to join the Agreement this year, and call on all nations to support its early entry into force.

Implement respective Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and share progress on these efforts, work to increase their ambition over time, and cooperate where appropriate.

Support international partners in their mitigation and adaptation efforts, including as articulated in their NDCs, National Adaptation Plans, and other strategic frameworks, through such avenues as international fora, triangular cooperation in the Americas, and by providing development assistance and climate financing.

Develop mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies pursuant to the Paris Agreement this year. Engage in trilateral dialogue concerning the development of these strategies.

Promote full implementation of the transparency framework established under the Paris Agreement, with common modalities, procedures, and guidelines for reporting and review. Help developing countries build institutional and technical capacity to meet these requirements.

Share best practices and technical solutions to improve accounting effectiveness, including for the land sector and carbon market-related approaches.

Recognizing the role that carbon markets can play in helping achieve climate targets while driving innovation, support robust implementation of the Paris Agreement’s carbon markets-related provisions, as applicable.

Together and in close cooperation with states, provinces, and territories, explore options to ensure environmental integrity and transparency and apply robust accounting, in order to avoid the “double-counting” of emission reductions towards achieving NDCs.

Encourage sub-national governments to share lessons learned about the design of effective carbon pricing systems and supportive policies and measures.

Enhance domestic adaptation efforts and resilience to climate change:

Engage in and cooperate on domestic climate adaptation planning and action, building on ongoing targeted efforts at national and subnational levels, and focusing in particular on highly integrated sectors and shared ecosystems, and where possible, on actions with mitigation co-benefits, involving the most vulnerable communities, and employing an approach that is gender-responsive and respectful of human rights.

Strengthen disaster risk reduction efforts, coordinated disaster preparation and response, and early warning systems.

Continue to collaborate through the North American Climate Change and Human Health Working Group to foster cross-border relationships and increase climate change adaptive capacity in the area of human health.

Continue to collaborate through the CEC to develop an operational, real-time syndromic surveillance system for extreme heat events in three at-risk communities in our three countries, and to highlight best practices and lessons learned on developing such a system.

Encourage robust action by the G-20:

Phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 in keeping with the G-20’s 2009 commitment to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies in the medium term, as Canada, the United States, and Mexico affirm their own commitment to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 and provide targeted support for the poorest communities;

Develop low greenhouse gas emission development strategies pursuant to the Paris Agreement by 2020;

Commit to improve the environmental performance of heavy-duty vehicles, including through the implementation of stringent domestic regulations on fuel efficiency and/or greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions, and low-sulfur fuels, and through green freight programs; and, Address methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by developing and implementing national and sub-national methane reduction policies and regulations, and participating in mechanisms such as the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Oil and Gas Methane Partnership.  These actions could support future steps towards adopting national emission reductions targets, where appropriate.

Adopt a Montreal Protocol hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) phase-down amendment:

Adopt an ambitious and comprehensive Montreal Protocol HFC phase-down amendment in 2016, and work with other countries so that they are in a position to support adopting an amendment this year.

Align analytical methods:

Given the integrated nature of many aspects of the three economies, align analytical methods for assessing and communicating the impact of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions of major projects.  Building on existing efforts, align approaches, reflecting the best available science for accounting for the broad costs to society of greenhouse gas emissions, including using similar methodologies to estimate the social cost of carbon and other greenhouse gases for assessing the benefits of policy measures that reduce those emissions.

Promote a more secure, affordable, accessible, and clean energy future regionally and globally:

Support the recommendations made in the May 2016 report from the United States-Caribbean-Central American Task Force on Energy Security, and help lead the world in important multilateral efforts such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations, the Clean Energy Ministerial, Mission Innovation, the Caribbean Energy Security Initiatives, the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, Connecting the Americas 2022, and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum.


Engage partner countries and multilateral development banks to promote universal energy access and integration in the Americas, and to mobilize finance for the development of sustainable energy projects, with a particular focus on indigenous communities, marginalized groups, and more vulnerable regions such as the Caribbean and Central America.

Foster sustainable energy development and economic growth through transparent and competitive energy markets, and by reducing barriers to trade and investment in clean technologies and services.

Promote a just transition to a clean energy economy:

Invest strategically in communities to help them diversify economies, create and sustain quality jobs, and share in the benefits of a clean energy economy. This includes promoting decent work, sharing best practices, and collaborating with social partners such as workers’ and employers’ organizations and nongovernmental organizations on just transition strategies that will benefit workers and their communities.


Protect the fundamental principles and rights at work of workers who extract and refine fossil fuels, and who manufacture, install, and operate energy technologies.

IMO to decide on timing of global 0.5% fuel sulphur cap in October

The IMO is expected to decide on the implementation timing of the global 0.5% sulphur content cap for marine fuels in October this year, and the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has outlined the potential implications of the regulation and options for the industry...Read More Here

Plastics in the Ocean: How They Get There, Their Impacts, and Our Solutions

Marine debris is a pervasive problem facing our ocean and Great Lakes. Of all the trash that ends up in these important water bodies, plastics are the most common. This week, we’re exploring the problem of plastics in our ocean and the solutions that are making a difference. To learn more about #OceanPlastics, keep your eye on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and NOAA’s Response and Restoration blog this week...Continue Reading Here. 

Ocean Cleanup Launches Boomy McBoomface

The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, has unveiled its North Sea prototype. The prototype will become the first ocean cleanup system ever tested at sea...Continue Reading Here. 

Dutch Foundation Unveils Prototype System to Rid the World’s Oceans of Plastic

A Dutch foundation developing an advanced clean-up system to rid the world’s oceans of plastic has unveiled its first-ever prototype to be launched later this week in the North Sea...continue reading here. 

Without Reserves, An Ocean With "More Plastic than Fish"

Industrial fishing began in the 1880s, when steam trawlers started to be deployed along the coasts of the British Isles. Frighteningly efficient, they soon liquidated coastal stocks of bottom fish – fish that had previously been exploited by subsistence and artisanal fisheries for centuries, even millennia, but had persisted...Continue Reading Here.

Day of the Seafarer campaign (25th June): #AtSeaForAl 

IMO is gearing up for its annual campaign to mark the Day of the Seafarer, an official United Nations observance day held each year on 25th June.

The purpose of the Day is to celebrate the unsung heroes of shipping, the industry which underpins global trade on which we all rely to transport food, fuel, commodities, raw materials and goods around the world...Continue Reading Here. 

Day of the Seafarer Campaign (25th June): #AtSeaForAll

 International Maritime Organization (IMO is gearing up for its annual campaign to mark the Day of the Seafarer, an official United Nations observance day held each year on 25th June.
pose of the Day is to celebrate the unsung heroes of shipping, the industry which underpins global trade on which we all rely to transport food, fuel, commodities, raw materials and goods around the world..continue reading here. 

CO2 Emission Reduction Should Apply to Entire Shipping Industry

“We believe that shipping, together with all other industry sectors, must be part of the solution to limit the increase in global temperature, as we clearly are a global contributor to carbon emissions”, said European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) President Niels Smedegaard...Continue Reading Here. 

Brave New World

Commercial and regulatory pressures drive new innovations in ship design.

Change is coming to ship design, and coming fast. Commercial pressures are mounting as multiple sectors face an environment of overcapacity and depressed freight rates and operators look for reductions in bunkering costs and overhead. In addition, new IMO requirements for emissions reductions are on the horizon: after 2025, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) standard will require most internationally trading newbuilds to achieve reductions of 30 percent. In the wake of the recent Paris Agreement on climate change, some groups are calling for even more...continue reading here. 

Ocean Carriers Urged to Accept Path to VGM Compliance

With the upcoming implementation date for new container weighing requirements, the time has come for ocean carriers to embrace the obvious solution to achieving compliance that Marine Terminal Operators can offer, according to the Chairman of the US Federal Maritime Commission, Mario Cordero...Continue Reading Here. 

Class Society Gears Up for Subchapter M

ABS launches NS Vessel Performance

ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, today unveiled ABS Nautical Systems Vessel Performance – a comprehensive software solution developed in response to continued demand for tools that improve vessel efficiency, reduce costs and facilitate emissions reporting and compliance..Continue Reading Here. 

 After almost 12 years since the US Congress first recommended that the towing industry improve safety, the final Subchapter M rule has been released. It will be formally published on June 20 and will take effect July 20, imposing new compliance requirements for inspection and safety management...Continue Reading Here. 

Containership Outperforms Environmental Standards

A state-of-the-art containership designed by the Schulte Group to meet the most stringent international environmental standards is already outperforming in terms of design and performance and attracting positive attention in the industry..Continue Reading Here

Hybrid Technology for Military and Commercial Vessels

The marine industry is now recognizing the potential of utilizing hybrid power and innovative propulsion systems. Certain maritime sectors are potentially well suited to hybrid systems. These include ferries, pilot boats and workboats that have relatively consistent duty cycles. For military applications, hybrid systems are relevant for patrol, intercept and autonomous vessel duties...Continue Reading Here. 

US Navy 'Green Fleet' Fills up with Italian-made Biofuel

A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy's programme to use more alternative energy..Continue Reading here

Infographic: 20 Latin American and Caribbean Ports with Highest Container Throughput

The movement of containerized cargo through Latin American and Caribbean ports grew 1.7 percent during 2015, according to Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) ranking of container port throughput...Continue Reading

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Posidonia: Green Award Program Gains Flag State

The Liberian Registry has initiated a number of cost-saving options for shipowners over the last month, including fee waivers, annual tonnage tax and fee deferrals for reflagging cold stacked vessels, free initial certification and mortgage recording for newbuilds and vessels flagging in, and a variety of policies intended to reduce transaction expenses for entering the registry. On Wednesday, at Posidonia, the registry also announced that it will be adding another class of incentives: a discount for cleaner ships certified under the third-party, independent Green Award program...Continue Reading Here.

Sweden, DNV GL Top Paris MoU Lists

The Paris MoU has released its new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations citing Sweden as top performer followed by the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and Norway..Continue Reading Here.

ABS Partners with Leading Greek Shipowners to Address EU MRV Regulations

Real-world data helps develop solutions for MRV compliance.

(Athens, Greece) ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has completed a project with a group of leading Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation for CO2 emissions. The result of this initiative is a clear interpretation of the regulation that allows companies to understand how they will be affected and what steps have to be taken to achieve and demonstrate compliance...Continue Reading Here.

Value of Environmental Crime Rises Twenty-Six Percent

Environmental crime has been valued at $91-258 billion, compared to $70-213 billion in 2014, according to a report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. This is a rise of 26 percent...Continue Reading Here.

Shipping shows its heart

It took an accident and a major operation for Carleen Lyden-Kluss to discover the industry’s caring side...Continue Reading Here

The Dry Bulk Market Will Become Profitable in 2019, If …

2016 has to be the turning point in addressing the fundamental imbalance of the dry bulk market.


We cannot expect any positive surprises from the slow-growing demand side. The enormous overcapacity of ships must be addressed starting now and continuing over at least the next three years...Continue Reading Here.

INTERMEPA meeting in Athens

on World Environment Day – 5 June 2016

The Marine Environment Protection Associations (MEPAs), members of INTERMEPA, will be celebrating all together World Environment Day, on Sunday 5 June, at their Steering Committee meeting. The latter is scheduled to take place in Athens, on the occasion of the international maritime exhibition “Posidonia 2016” and will be hosted by Mr. George Tsavliris, CYMEPA & INTERMEPA Chairman.

Participants will include representatives from AUSMEΡA in Australia, CYMEPA in Cyprus, HELMEPA in Greece, NAMEPA in the United States and TURMEPA in Turkey.

During their meeting, the members of the Steering Committee will have the opportunity to exchange information on progress of MEPAs’ activities to date and to examine ways of strengthening even further synergies between MEPAs towards achieving their common aim of widely raising awareness on the need to protect our planet’s seas and oceans.

The container shipping sector is bracing for a major impact from the long-awaited opening of the expanded Panama Canal, scheduled to take place on June 26, 2016China COSCO Shipping’s container vessel Andronikos will be the first ship to transit the expanded canal, marking the completion of the USD 6 bn project...Continue Reading Here.

Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Air Emissions Announced

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) held its 49th Committee meeting in Haugesund, Norway, last week and announced that a 2018 concentrated inspection campaign on air emissions (MARPOL Annex VI)...Continue Reading Here.

Saint Lucia Becomes 50th State to Ratify BWM Convention

Saint Lucia has acceded to four IMO treaties including the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, what brings the number of states having accepted the convention to 50, representing 34.81% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage...Continue Reading Here.