Environment

  • New fisheries rules strengthen data collection

    A new regulation simplifying and strengthening the current system for the collection of biological, environmental, technical and socio-economic data in the fisheries sector has been adopted by the European Council.

  • Turkey raises fines for marine pollution caused...

    The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication has raised the fines for pollution caused by vessels by 41 percent, and has implemented stricter regulations after a ship hit rocks and spilled 50 tons of fuel in western Turkey.

  • DEWA launches 3rd cycle of Carbon Ambassadors...

    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched the 3rd cycle of the Carbon Ambassadors programme, to encourage creative young people and enhance knowledge capabilities. The announcement was made during a session titled ‘Future Foresight’ that DEWA organised today. It was attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, DEWA Executive Vice Presidents, and officials from a number of government and private organisations including Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Economic Development Department, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), and a large number of university students.

  • Switch to Cleaner Fuels Could Lower Risk for...

    A report published today by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Alternatives to heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic: Economic and environmental tradeoffs finds that using heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping creates such great risks compared to the cost of moving to safer fuels, that transitioning to these safer fuels is the only rational action for Arctic ship operators.

  • Port of Portland should bring its finalist...

    It's difficult to imagine the shape Portland and Oregon would have taken without the influential hand of the Port of Portland, established in 1891to map a way forward for marine and, later, aviation operations that would help grow manufacturing, farming and travel industries. Few people in Oregon have jobs more consequential statewide than that of the port's director.

  • Asleep at the helm: the dangerous impacts of...

    At the beginning of this year, maritime trade association InterManager released the initial findings of Project MARTHA, the most comprehensive study on seafarer fatigue so far. What did the industry learn about the difficulties seafarers face at sea, and who is best placed to help?

  • EU members urge International Maritime...

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called upon the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to impose a ban on the use of highly polluting marine fuel ‘heavy fuel oil’ (HFO) in Arctic waters.

  • How do shipowners get ready for the Ballast Water...

    The Danish Maritime Authority, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Shipowners’ Association are hosting a conference where the future implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention is on the agenda.

  • Malaysia worried EU resolution could dent palm...

    Malaysia voiced concern on Wednesday that a call by European Union lawmakers for curbs on imports of palm oil could deal a blow to one of the Asian country’s biggest exports.
    In a vote aimed at influencing EU regulators, the European Parliament backed a call for greater vetting of palm and other vegetable oils used in biofuels to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets for post-2020 leading to deforestation.

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Shipping Losses Continue to Drop Despite ‘Perfect Storm’ Risk Environment

Shipping losses dropped 16 percent overall in 2016, amounting to a 50 percent decrease in the last 10 years, according to a new report. Despite the positive news, a “perfect storm” risk environment continues to plague the industry due to political instability, regulatory constraints and increasing cyber risk, the report says.

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Trump’s Oil Drilling Executive Order Targets Marine Mammals

Buried in President Trump’s executive order opening new waters to offshore oil drilling is a strange paragraph, demanding the government “rescind or revise” a NOAA memo on the effect of manmade sound on marine mammals — a memo that has strong ties to Santa Cruz.

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Fish farms moved offshore

Fish farms around the island have been moved offshore in time for the deadline, agreed upon between operators and the Planning Authority after a mass revocation of permits last year.

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