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Roundtable on Cruise Ship Pollution to be Held in January

A roundtable discussion will be held on January 21 at the Hilton Hotel at Harbor Island, in San Diego, Calif. The discussion, sponsored by Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, will focus on preventing pollution from cruise ships. Marine oil spills have largely been associated with oil tankers and cargo ships, yet oil and waste discharges from passenger cruise ships can be just as damaging to ecosystems and deadly to wildlife. Cruise liners can release not only petroleum products, but sewage, plastic, toxic chemicals, and “graywater” into marine environments. This discussion will bring together representatives from government regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, and the cruise ship industry. It is expected that a free exchange of ideas and perspectives will improve our ability to find solutions to existing problems and prevent future pollution incidents.

Ocean Conservancy Releases Report

The Ocean Conservancy is releasing Cruise Control: How Cruise Ships Affect the Marine Environment. Cruise ships can carry up to 5,000 passengers and produce waste equivalent to that of small cities, yet they are not governed by the same anti-pollution laws as municipalities of comparable size on land. The Cruise Control report recommends a series of necessary governmental actions, including: Regulating all cruise ship discharges; Amending the Clean Water Act to to prevent discharges of raw

Companies Indicted for Ocean Dumping

Shashank Pendse, a citizen of India and Chief Engineer on the ship M/V Spring Drake; MMS Co., Ltd, a Japanese company that manages the ship; and Grus Line Shipping S.A., the Panamanian company that owns the ship; were all indicted on Feb. 6 in on charges that allege they dumped oil at sea, obstructed justice and made false statements. In Aug. 2003, the Spring Drake was docked in Portland to pick up a load of grain when it was inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard

Matson Fined $3M For Bilge Violation

Matson Navigation Co. will pay $3 million in fines after admitting it illegally dumped bilge water that may have been contaminated with waste oil, the U.S. Attorney in Seattle said. San Francisco-based Matson, a unit of Honolulu-based Alexander & Baldwin Inc. specializing in moving cargo between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii, will also be placed on probation for three years, U.S. Attorney Kate Pflaumer said in a release.

North Sea SECA Enters into Force

Ships operating in the North Sea will have just one year to demonstrate compliance with stringent new exhaust emission standards following the entry into force of new air pollution regulations on 22 November 2006. The North Sea SOx Emission Control Area (SECA) will come into effect on 22 November 2007, one year after the entry into force of related amendments to Annex VI Regulations for the Prevention of Air

CSL Bulkers to Receive Thordon Bearings

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Nine CSL Newbuilds Eliminate oil usage with seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings.   The drive for pollution free ships continues as Canadian-based ship owners, CSL Group Inc., eliminate oil from the stern tube and equip nine of their latest new builds with seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings.  CSL has specified non-metallic propeller shaft bearings that use seawater rather than oil to lubricate the shafts on the Trillium Class vessels built at Chengxi Shipyard and

China Wants Stronger Maritime Emissions Regulations

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 China's government is moving forward with plans to bring in legislation to control emissions from ships as the country looks to reduce air pollution, state media Xinhua said.   According to a draft amendment to the Air Pollution Law, tabled to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for a second reading, ships on inland or river-to-sea waterways must use standard diesel as fuel to cut emissions.  

Canada Protects Waters From Pollution

A Halifax Provincial Court Judge has imposed a penalty of $80,000 against the Motor Vessel Alida Gorthon for a pollution offense. The Alida Gorthon is a 12,750 GRT general cargo vessel owned by Blow Sea Shipping Ltd. and registered in Cyprus. The vessel faced charges under the Canada Shipping Act related to the unlawful discharge of a pollutant and failure to report the discharge of a pollutant. The charges were laid following a June 22

NFFT Looks to Address Fuel Regulations

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Nano Fossil Fuel Technology (NFFT) said it has been helping companies reduce fuel consumption, reduce pollution output and save bottom-line dollars for more than 30 years. After focusing on other industries over the past several years, Nano is now looking to help the shipping industry address MARPOL Annex VI and other pollution regulations. NFFT uses a fuel catalyst to chemically improve fuel including maritime shipping bunker C, diesel trains, fleet diesel trucks, fleet gas cars

Air Pollution Rules to Enter Force

Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships are set to enter into force on 19 May 2005, following the ratification by the Independent State of Samoa of Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78). The 1997 Protocol to the MARPOL Convention, which includes Annex VI, enters into force 12 months after being accepted by 15 States with not less than 50% of world

Inland Waterways A Game Changer in India

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 Indian Minister for Road Transport Highways & Shipping,  Nitin Gadkari gave an overview of his Ministry’s achievements as well as plans for future growth.    Beginning with Shipping, he informed that while ports around the world had faced losses

ICS Letter to Canadian Transport Minister

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ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe reaches out to the Canadian Transport Minister in a letter this week. The text of that letter follows below:   Dear Minister Garneau,   I am writing on behalf of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which is the principal global trade

LNG Sector Ready to meet Industry Demand

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Ahead of the 70th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the cross-industry coalition 'SEA\LNG' has highlighted the ability of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector to meet the future emissions requirements of the global shipping industry.

MOL Wins "Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety"

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that its “MOL Body FIT Exercise” was awarded the “The Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety, 2016 MLIT” from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

Togo Ratifies High Seas Intervention Treaty

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 Togo has become the 89th State to ratify International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties of 1969.    The Convention affirms the right of a coastal State to take necessary

Uncharted Waters: Mega-cruise Ships Ply Arctic Waters

First luxury cruise sailed Northwest Passage in Aug-Sept; Voyage will be repeated next summer.  A surge in Arctic tourism is bringing ever bigger cruise ships to the formerly isolated, ice-bound region, prompting calls for a clamp-down to prevent Titanic-style accidents and the pollution

Hanjin, MSC Vessels Collide off Singapore

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 The container ship Hanjin New York dragged anchor and collided with container carrier MSC Claudia off Singapore, say local media reports.   The incident that occurred at around 6pm last Friday caused 11 empty containers to fall overboard

NGO Shipbreaking Calls for ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle

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The NGO Shipbreaking Platform called today on the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States to support the introduction of a financial mechanism that will enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in line with the standard set by the European Ship Recycling

40 Years Protecting the Mediterranean

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO) joined celebrations marking four decades of cooperation in the Mediterranean to prevent and combat marine pollution from ships under the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC).   

Shippers Brace for IMO's New SOx Rules

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IMO to decide whether to introduce rules in 2020, or 2025; EU, China already pushing for stricter regulation. The global shipping industry is bracing for a key regulatory decision that could mark a milestone in reducing maritime pollution

Governments Spur Crackdown on Sea Pollution

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Governments at the recent meeting of Parties which regulate the dumping of wastes at sea have called for more action to address marine litter in the oceans, particularly plastics and microplastics, which present a severe and long lasting threat to the marine environment.  

Onboard Verification of Fuel Sulphur Content

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 Spot sampling and analysis of a ship’s fuel is becoming increasingly common as a means for port state control officers to verify the actual sulphur content of the fuel in use.   The shipping industry is facing increasingly stricter air emission limits all over the world

RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign


RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water

More Plastic than Fish in the Ocean

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 Did you know that by 2050 there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish, if human habits don’t change?    India Clean Seas Conference taking place in Goa, India (22-24 September), discussed what needs to be done to keep the oceans clean.   

IMO Releases New Guides for Energy Efficiency Regulations

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 Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization

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