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  • Case study - HMS Ocean Waste Incinerator

    Ship's Waste Incinerator This installation is Glosfume's first filter to be used at sea. Stringent laws prevent ships from dumping waste at sea, all waste has to be returned to its point of origin. The Royal Navy is one of the first to install an incinerator and filter onboard a ship. Extensive testing was carried out before fitting the unit to HMS Ocean; installation involved cutting a ...


    By Glosfume

  • Environmental impact assessment of a package type IFAS reactor during construction and operational phases: a life cycle approach

    In the present study, a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach was used to analyse the environmental impacts associated with the construction and operational phases of an integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) reactor treating municipal wastewater. This study was conducted within the boundaries of a research project that aimed to investigate the implementation related challenges of a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Environmental Beer Innovation

    Are Edible Pack Bindings the Solution? In 2016 the British population drank an average of 15,000 pints of beer every minute. Meanwhile in 2015, 63 billion gallons of beer was consumed in the USA, 50% of which was from a can. Whilst these statistics may have the beer companies and brewers smiling with glee, these are not good figures, ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

  • Long-term impacts of deep-sea mineral mining

    A new international study has demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. This study, led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), was the first to review all the available information on the impacts of small-scale sea-floor disturbances simulating mining activity. It found clear impacts on marine ecosystems from deep-sea nodule mining ...

  • Biological monitoring system, iTOXcontrol, continues in Scarlino - Case Study

    The recorded death of fish in the river that flows out of the industrial zone of Scarlino has created the need of the installation of a biological alarm system. The decision was made to work with an automatic system, iTOXcontrol created by microLAN-The Netherlands represented in Italy by Ecotox Lds, which uses marine bacteria. The system compares the values of the light emission from these ...


    By microLAN B.V.

  • Scientists, a new quota species?

    Globally, marine conservation is high on the agenda. The need to protect and conserve species and habitats from deleterious anthropogenic impacts has never been of more concern than it is currently. However, that is not to say we, as a society, are achieving effective marine conservation, in fact we are far from it. Global summits have come and gone, as have the targets they set for marine ...

  • Fresh look at organics bans and waste recycling laws

    Approximately 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted annually. At a time when millions of Americans are food insecure and thousands of farmers struggle to stay afloat, the negative consequences of wasting food extend far beyond the environmental impacts and loss of resources that could have been otherwise allocated. There are great opportunities for food waste reduction at the federal ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • NoiseNews: Something Fishy Going on in British Waters?

    The seas around Britain may be getting too noisy. So noisy in fact that fish species such as cod and haddock are having difficulty communicating with each other. If their chatter is being obscured, it could affect their ability to breed at a time when stock numbers are recovering. It has long been recognised that large marine mammals are susceptible to noise pollution – as ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Easy Access to Savings on Board Ships - Case Study

    Grindrod Shipping, owner and manager of IVS and Unicorn Tankers, has installed OptiSaveTM on board 9 vessels; 7 bulk carriers and 2 tankers and more will follow. The co-operation with IVS goes back to 2009 and the first OptiSaveTM system was installed on board one of the bulk carriers soon after. “We have a great co-operation with DESMI and ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • Environmental impacts of ocean-energy systems: a life-cycle assessment

    Ocean-energy technologies — which harvest renewable energy from the sea — will have a significant role to play in a future low-carbon society. A recent life-cycle analysis of different ocean-energy devices has found that life-cycle environmental impacts are caused mainly by the materials used in the mooring, foundations and structures. Improving the efficiency and lifespan of the ...

  • 8 maps show plastic’s impact on the world’s oceans — and what’s being done about it

    The world’s oceans are awash in plastic pollution, and as these maps and charts show, the situation is poised to worsen unless drastic changes take place. Over the coming decades global plastic production is slated to increase ...


    By Ensia

  • Why degraded reefs could be the future of ocean conservation

    When there’s not enough pristine habitat left to save an ecosystem, it’s time to take a new look at less-than-perfect places. When you think of a nature preserve, chances are you picture a tract of pristine, healthy wilderness, set aside in order to protect a functioning ecosystem. But what if not much remains of the ecosystem you want to protect? A new proposal by an ...


    By Ensia

  • Environmental impact of recycling metals from ships: a life cycle assessment

    New research has examined three different categories of Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA), each with different goals. The researchers find that overlaps between the three assessments could be combined to create a more comprehensive form of ERA, usable by regulators and environmental decision makers. Life cycle assessment (LCA) can measure the environmental impact of the different stages of a ...

  • Design for recycling: a route to green ship recycling

    Ship recycling at the end of a ship’s useful life aims to make the shipping industry more environmentally sustainable and is a major source of employment in developing countries. However, there are associated health, safety and environmental concerns. This study argues these concerns are due to inappropriate design and explains how ‘design for recycling’ can reduce the costs and ...

  • Resource use and pollutant emissions due to ship recycling in India

    The Alang shipbreaking yards in India recycle almost half of all end-oflife ships worldwide. The major activity at the yards is plate-cutting, used to recover steel from ships. This process consumes nearly 29 kg of oxygen and 7 kg of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and emits almost 22 kg of CO2 per 1 km-long cut with a 1 mm depth. This study reveals the carbon footprint and resources consumed in ...

  • Impacts of Deepwater Horizon crude oil exposure on adult mahi‐mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) swim performance

    The temporal and geographic attributes of the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 likely exposed pelagic game fish species, such as mahi‐mahi, to crude oil. Although much of the research assessing the effects of the spill has focused on early life stages of fish, studies examining whole‐animal physiological responses of adult marine fish species are lacking. Using swim chamber respirometry, the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans

    Marine governance favors consumption and commerce over conservation. Here's what we can do about it. When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have seemed inconceivable, Baird wrote in his report, “an alarming decrease of the ...


    By Ensia

  • Marine AC UPS for Critical Offshore Installations

    Equipment installed in ships or offshore installations typically operate under tough conditions, and any possible equipment failures can have serious cost impact. Despite this, products not really suited for the applications are often chosen based on the initial cost rather than looking at the total cost of ownership. One example is the use of a modular marine AC UPS versus the use of a modified ...


    By Eltek AS

  • Lamor & Arctia study effectiveness of oil spill response applications in ice

    Arctia Karhu Oy’s harbor icebreaker, Ahto, based out of Kemi in northern Finland, is participating in oil spill response research and development in the Gulf of Bothnia, between Ajos and Tornio, during the first week of February, 2016. The ice trials will test and examine the effectiveness of mechanical oil spill response operations in ice and the behavior of oil throughout ...


    By Lamor Corporation Ab

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