• Illegal dumping of waste by oil tanker causes...

    An oil tanker that was illegally washing its fuel storage area and dumping the outflow was the reason for the oil spill that affected two kilometres of coastline on Monday, causing untold environmental damage, experts said.

  • ETI announces waste heat recovery project for...

    The £3.6 million project will be led by Avid Technology based in Cramlington, North East England. It will last for 26 months and aims to deliver a cost effective waste heat recovery system for all types of ships which will be demonstrated on an offshore support vessel.

  • Diana Containerships Inc. Announces the...

    Diana Containerships Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, today announced that it plans to reactivate one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Pucon. The company also announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd., Hong Kong, for the m/v Pucon. The gross charter rate is US$10,750 per day, 

  • Green finance for dirty ships

    SHIPPING may seem like a clean form of transport. Carrying more than 90% of the world’s trade, ocean-going vessels produce just 3% of its greenhouse-gas emissions. But the industry is dirtier than that makes it sound. By burning heavy fuel oil, just 15 of the biggest ships emit more oxides of nitrogen and sulphur—gases much worse for global warming than carbon dioxide—than all the world’s cars put together. So it is no surprise that shipowners are being forced to clean up their act. But in an industry awash in overcapacity and debt, few have access to the finance they need to improve their vessels. Innovative thinking is trying to change that.

  • Scientists, Icelandic Coast Guard Partner to...

    A new collaboration between Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) has set out to study of the extreme ocean surface conditions that characterize the waters off Iceland’s coast. 

  • Standing Committee recommendations will renew...

     Recommendations for changes to the Fisheries Act made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans have the potential to create a robust framework of environmental legislation, WWF-Canada said today. In the fall, WWF-Canada testified that the Act should be modernized, and that key protections removed in 2012 should be restored in order to protect habitats and species in freshwater and oceanic habitats.

  • Drive to clean marine environment

    The General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security of the Ministry of Interior launched an initiative to clean the marine environment in order to create a sustainable environment free of pollution, especially the one near offshore platforms.

  • 26,000 rescue missions conducted in Dubai

    The Dubai Police have conducted 26,527 maritime and land rescue missions in 2016, up from 24,860 rescue missions in 2015. Of these, 26,237 were land rescue missions while 290 were sea rescue operations.


Pakistan: Challenges before ship-breaking industry

The ship-breaking industry surely has its contribution to the economy, notwithstanding its built-in hazards — environmental or otherwise. But no in-depth study or research work has been done yet to weigh pros and cons of the industry that has expanded at a fast pace. From the perspective of the economic gains, the ship-breaking sector may be rewarding enough, for it saves the basic cost of production of steel, but undoubtedly it is hurting the country’s environment and posing a grave threat to the workers involved in it. It is, thus, important to ensure maximum economic benefit, causing minimum possible damage to the environment and workers’ physical well-being.