marine pollution control News

  • Marine pollution - cleaning up the seas

    Greenhouse gas emissions from marine vessels have received special attention of late, but as the maritime shipping industry continues to grow, other forms of pollution from ships are creating problems that require urgent attention. In the past 15 years, seaborne trade has increased by 50% and continued high rates of growth are expected. The rise in trade between the North America and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Mussels: Biomonitoring tools for pharmaceutical pollution in the marine environment?

    Pharmaceutical pollution of marine environments has important biological consequences for aquatic organisms. This study investigated the effects on mussels of treatment with environmentally relevant levels of an antidepressant, fluoxetine, and a beta-blocker, propranolol, using biomarkers including DNA damage. The results showed that mussels are most vulnerable to these drugs in combination. Many ...

  • Microplastic pollution’s effects explored for two key marine species: mussels and lugworms

    Mussels exposed to high levels of microplastic pollution display signs of stress, new research has shown. However, levels of exposure were higher than found in the wild and no effect on the energy reserves of either mussels or lugworms was observed in the lab. tests. The researchers caution that longer experiments may be needed to reveal microplastics’ full effects. Worldwide, plastics ...

  • Marshall Islands accedes to five UN treaties on safety and marine pollution

    The Marshall Islands, one of the world’s major shipping nations, has acceded to five important International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions that aim to discourage environmental pollution and promote safety on the high seas, the United Nations agency announced today. The Pacific island nation has acceded to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on ...


    By United Nations

  • Plastics can concentrate toxic pollutants, endangering marine ecosystems

    Plastic debris is a serious environmental concern, as a physical pollutant as well as a chemical pollutant when it breaks down in the marine environment. A new study has now shown that plastics can also concentrate other pollutants, with significantly higher concentrations of toxic pollutants adhering to soft, rubbery plastics, rather than hard, glassy plastics. Marine species, including fish ...

  • EPA acts to strengthen stormwater pollution controls in guam

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a decision to require all dischargers of urban stormwater in Guam to obtain permits to control pollution in runoff from urbanized areas of the island. Today’s action designates all current and future municipal stormwater sources in Guam to follow Clean Water Act permitting requirements. Municipal stormwater is a leading cause of water ...

  • Mercury Marine`s environmental stewardship

    A recent expansion at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac Wisconsin has caught the attention of professionals in the energy and environmental industries.   At an event this past May, the Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE) showcased Mercury's new process equipment and pollution control system.  The 75 attendees consisted of facility engineers, plant managers, project managers, ...

  • EPA and Coast Guard Reach Pollution Control Agreement with Carnival

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard have reached an agreement in principle with Carnival Corporation to develop advanced emission control technology to be used in waters surrounding U.S. coasts. Under the agreement, Carnival will develop and deploy a new exhaust gas cleaning system on up to 32 ships over the next three years to be used in Emission Control Areas ...

  • Pollution early-warning system

    Current alarm at the massive oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico emphasises the problem of marine pollution and how difficult it is to evaluate. The North Sea has been the test-bed for the highly advanced pollution early-warning system MERMAID during the last 20 years; this development is now aiding marine authorities around the world to keep seas clean. MERMAID (Marine Environmental ...

  • Modelling marine exhaust emissions in the Baltic Sea

    A new tool used to investigate exhaust emissions of marine vessels has been developed and applied to shipping in the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is a busy maritime region with 3500-5000 ships operating in the area every month. Emissions from shipping contribute significantly to atmospheric pollution, leading to health and environmental problems. In May 2006, the Baltic Sea was the first area ...

  • Disinfecting Marine Vessel Ballast Water with UV

    Disinfecting Marine Vessel Ballast Water with UV -Hanovia UV disinfection system helps operators meet IMO discharge regulations- To assist operators of cruise ships, tankers, semi-submersibles, jack-up rigs and other large ocean-going vessels to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) ballast water discharge requirements, UV disinfection specialist Hanovia has partnered with ...

  • Administration Presses for Marine Environment Protection in Wider Caribbean

    This week President Bush transmitted to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent for ratification, the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities ('Protocol') to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (1983 Cartagena Convention).   Through this important ...

  • Marine Diesel Scrubber Passes CARB Testing

    In 2012 Envitech designed and built a marine diesel scrubber to remove SO2 from the engine exhaust of ocean going vessels.  The scrubber was integrated into the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System ...


    By Envitech, Inc.

  • Disinfecting marine vessel ballast water with UV

    To assist operators of cruise ships, tankers, semi-submersibles, jack-up rigs and other large ocean-going vessels to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) impending ballast water discharge requirements, UV disinfection specialist Hanovia has partnered with three of the world’s leading systems integrators to provide validated, on-board water treatment systems that are easy to ...

  • Marine environment adequately covered despite complex legislation

    More than 200 pieces of English and EU-wide marine environmental legislation have been analysed in a recent review. While complex, the legislation adequately covered all areas of the marine environment, the authors conclude. However, there is opportunity to remove overlap and conflicts between different legislation and improve cross-border co-operation. The world’s oceans are under threat ...

  • Plastic pollution measured in Mediterranean seabirds

    Endangered Mediterranean seabirds are suffering from ingestion of plastic litter, a recent study has shown. Overall, 66% of 171 seabirds studied were found to have plastic fragments in their stomachs and the critically endangered Balearic shearwater was among the worst affected. Plastic pollution in marine ecosystems is recognised as a key problem in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive1 and ...

  • How toxic are unregulated wastewater pollutants?

    Spanish and Dutch researchers have evaluated the environmental impact of chemical pollutants in wastewater in Spain. The results suggest that the most problematic pollutants may be derived from newer pharmaceutical and personal care products, such as everyday painkillers and soaps, not yet regulated. Water pollution is the main environmental concern for EU citizens, according to an EC ...

  • Global Agreement on Mercury Pollution In the Works

    The soaring price of gold may be increasing mercury pollution locally and worldwide. The poisonous heavy metal is used to extract gold from ore in many artisanal mining operations which involve millions of workers and their families. Experts also worry that the increased burning of coal, which naturally contains mercury, is causing the toxic to be released into the air and spread around the ...

  • Headquarters of West Africa marine agreement officially transferred to cote D`Ivoire

    The United Nations Environment Programme and the Government of Cote d"Ivoire have signed a headquarters agreement on the Framework of the Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central and Southern African Region and protocol. Also known as the Abidjan Convention. It covers the 22 coastal states on the West Africa side ...

  • WWF applauds new marine conservation push in coastal East Africa

    Ministers and officials from ten countries and territories in East Africa yesterday endorsed or signed off on a potentially far-reaching protocol to protect East Africa’s coastal and marine environment from land-based activities and pollution. The new protocol - five years in the making - makes the western Indian Ocean the third marine area of the world to achieve a multilateral agreement to ...


    By WWF UK

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