marine pollution from ship News

  • Step forward on air pollution from shipping

    The world’s largest marine Emissions Control Area (ECA) has been approved by the International Maritime Organisation. Ships operating in waters off the North American coasts will be forced to use dramatically cleaner fuel and technology. The move is likely to make it easier for the EU to designate ECAs in European waters. The IMO’s decision last month to approve the ECA proposal came ...

  • Emissions from shipping to be regulated

    Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping will be among the key items on the agenda of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it meets for its 63rd session from 27 February to 2 March 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London. The MEPC will continue to consider a number of proposals for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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

  • Progress reported in UN-backed efforts to reduce pollution, emissions from ships

    The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported major progress on efforts to cut polluting and global warming emissions from ships, achieve more environmentally friendly recycling of vessels and prevent contamination from harmful organisms in ballast. Under amendments to the so-called MARPOL (marine pollution) accords unanimously adopted by IMO’s Marine Environment ...


    By United Nations

  • Canada and U.S. work together to cut air pollution from shipping

    Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today announced federal government support for a joint Canada-U.S. proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish an Emission Control Area (ECA) in North American coastal waters. The proposal will help reduce air pollution, smog and acid rain and benefit human health in ...


    By Environment Canada (EC)

  • NGOs Join California Fight Against Polluting Ships

    SACRAMENTO, California (ENS) - The Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, and the Coalition for Clean Air have decided to join an ongoing legal battle to defend a state regulation limiting air pollution caused by ships docking at California’s ports. The organizations last week petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to intervene for the defense ...

  • Cruise ship pollution bill introduced in California

    Every cruise ship transiting California waters would carry an ocean ranger aboard to oversee wastewater discharge practices and the maintenance and operation of pollution control equipment if a bill introduced in the state Senate Friday becomes law. Senator Joe Simitian, a Democrat, introduced the bill to protect California waters from cruise ship pollution, protect cruise ship passengers from ...

  • Why is US Senate delaying on ship pollution legislation?

    It’s understandable that there would be an aggressive Democratic response to the calls by President Bush and John McCain to drill off the coasts. But inaction on a separate coastal pollution issue seems harder to explain: I’m referring to a delay by the U.S. Senate in taking up legislation — already passed by the House of Representatives and a Senate committee — to ratify an international treaty ...

  • Successful airborne pollution compliance monitoring of ships at sea

    Despite new legislation that requires ships to burn low sulphur marine oil in EU and US coastal waters, the economic benefits of continuing to use inexpensive, high-sulphur fuels, combined with the relatively small risk of getting caught, means that many ships are flouting the rules. However, this could be about to change as a real-time, airborne pollution detection system based around a pair of ...


    By Andor Technology Ltd (Andor)

  • EPA Hauled Into Court Over Ship Smokestack Pollution

    WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2007 (ENS) - Friends of the Earth is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, for failing to meet a deadline to regulate air pollution from large ships. The federal agency recently postponed indefinitely its commitment to set emissions standards for ship engines. On Wednesday, the environmental group sued the EPA in federal district court ...

  • Penalties for pollution by ships: Commission sends reasoned opinions to eight Member States

    The European Commission has decided today to send reasoned opinions to Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and the United Kingdom for failure to adopt national legislation on penalties against those responsible for polluting discharges at sea. The Commission has decided to act against the eight Member States while they had not fully transposed into national law a ...

  • EPA adopts strong standards for large ships to curb air pollution

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule setting tough engine and fuel standards for large U.S.- flagged ships, a major milestone in the agency’s coordinated strategy to slash harmful marine diesel emissions. The regulation harmonizes with international standards and will lead to significant air quality improvements throughout the country. “There are enormous ...

  • International shipping should cut air pollutants and greenhouse gases together

    Emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from the shipping sector have increased substantially in the last two decades, contributing to both climate change and air pollution problems, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The shipping sector needs an integrated monitoring, reporting and verification system for emissions in European waters to systematically ...

  • Shipping oil pollution: new hazard mapping method developed

    A new method for mapping the spread of oil released by ships is presented in a recent study, where it is applied to the Adriatic and Ionian Seas of the Mediterranean. The method pulls together a range of data, including information on shipping routes, oil particle behaviour, currents and climate. In this case study, it reveals pollution hotspots in the south-western Adriatic Sea and north-eastern ...

  • Council adopts new legislation against ship-source pollution

    The Council adopted today a directive improving current rules on ship-source pollution and on the introduction of penalties for infringements (3664/09). The new provisions aim at improving maritime safety and enhancing protection of the marine environment from pollution by ships. According to the new law, ship-source discharges of polluting substances, including minor cases of such discharges, ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • ET Marine Anticipates Sales Boost Following New Air Pollution Regulations

    Untitled Document ET Marine, which was set up just two months ago, has reported massive interest in its newly launched Seanox ship air ...

  • The Chelsea Mariner Shuttle for Large Marine Ecosystem Monitoring

    The new Chelsea Mariner Nu-Shuttle is based on the successful Nu-Shuttle towed oceanographic vehicle. It is a generic, robust monitoring system designed for regular monitoring of large marine ecosystems. Undulating behind a research vessel or ship of opportunity it enables a wide range of oceanographic measurements to be made underway from the surface to depths in excess of 150 metres. ...


    By Chelsea Technologies Group

  • France`s marine pollution needs treatment to meet the MarPol convention

    France's third biggest port, Dunkirk needs a means of onsite treatment of waste hydrocarbons from ships (engine room effluent), barges, and towboats, so that the terms of the MarPol (Marine Pollution) convention can be respected. This has now been achieved with the inauguration in November of the Sarp Industries (Veolia Propreté) site, Hydropale, which can treat 40,000 tonnes of this type of ...

  • U.S. proposes major reductions in air pollution from large ships in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Island waters (PR, VI)

    The United States government has proposed controls on large ships that operate in the waters off the coastlines of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to reduce air pollution from the ships. The proposal to the International Maritime Organization calls for the designation of these waters as an “emission control area.” The designation would require any large ship operating in these ...

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