maritime pollution News

  • EC streamlines rules on protection in case of maritime pollution

    European commissioners this week presented a proposal which further strengthens the existing Community legislation regarding sanctions on those responsible for pollution by ships. Franco Frattini, the Commission's Vice-President responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security said, 'The new directive is an important complement to the Directive on the protection of the environment through ...


    By European Commission

  • EC to integrate national maritime surveillance systems

    The European Commission published today three working documents describing the current state in the offshore government activities in the coastal EU Member States and maritime surveillance at EU level. These documents are seen as an initial response to the aim of the integrated EU Integrated Maritime Policy to provide tools for joined-up policy-making in the EU. In this sphere, this would be ...


    By European Commission

  • GL exchange forum: environmental updates for the maritime industry

    GL’s Exchange Forum on “Environmental Updates for the Maritime Industry” looked at the vital task of reducing the maritime industry’s environmental impact. With concern over the international economic situation dominating the headlines, the tendency is for environmental issues to take a back seat. The Forum, however, demonstrated that this goal was not only important in of ...


  • Public health costs of air pollution fall in Europe but remain high for maritime shipping

    The public health impacts of air pollution in Europe remain large, but are falling thanks to regulatory actions to cut emissions, a recent study finds. However, it issues a warning about the public health impacts of emissions from rising levels of international ship traffic. Exposure to air pollution has been linked to long-term health problems, especially heart and lung conditions and may lead ...

  • EMSA expands use of Radarsat-2 information for maritime applications

    (13 July 2016) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a four year contract with a ceiling of 31 million euros to provide Radarsat-2 information to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Under this contract, MDA will provide Radarsat-2 information to support EMSA in the areas of maritime safety, law enforcement, border ...

  • OTI Greentech secures approval for ECOSOLUT products from the United Nation’s Agency, International Maritime Organisation (“IMO”) The Swiss Cleantech

    OTI Greentech secures approval for ECOSOLUT products from the United Nation’s Agency, International Maritime Organisation (“IMO”) The Swiss Cleantech company, OTI Greentech AG, has received approval from the United Nation’s agency, IMO, for its maritime cleaning products. This mandate allows the worldwide distribution of its environmentally friendly and highly ...


    By OTI Greentech AG

  • Connecticut Maritime Foundation Receives $800,000 Grant from EPA to Fund Marine Clean Diesel Project

    The U.S. EPA, under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), is awarding $800,000 to Connecticut Maritime Foundation to purchase and install two new diesel marine engines in a passenger ferry operating out of New London, CT that provides year-round service to Orient Point, NY and Block Island, RI. Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in areas such as New London ...

  • International Maritime Organization’s new study reveals that improving efficiencies could help shipping industry reduce CO2 emissions by up to 75 percent

    A 2009 study by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of greenhouse gas pollution from shipping has revealed that by improving technical and operational efficiencies, ship operators could dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, by as much as 75 percent.   The IMO study describes these prospective efforts as cost-effective and important.   The study showed ...


    By Oceana

  • 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

  • EU losing patience with IMO over ship pollution

    The European commission has given the strongest indication yet that it is losing faith in the ability of the International maritime organisation (IMO) to curb air pollution from ships. 'Time is running out and we are running out of patience,' environment directorate chief Mogens Peter Carl told a shipping conference in Brussels on Wednesday. He was referring to efforts in the UN-sponsored body to ...

  • New tool calculates air pollution from shipping

    Shipping emits considerable amounts of air pollutants which affect the climate, the natural environment and human health. In collaboration with the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA), SMHI has developed a new system for calculating emissions from shipping. Knowledge of these has previously been very limited. Shipping is undoubtedly the most significant source of sulphur emissions, as well as ...

  • Research and Markets: Pollution at Sea: Law and Liability

    Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/s8w8nb/pollution_at_sea) has announced the addition of the "Pollution at Sea: Law and Liability" book to their offering. A sharp, impeccably informed ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Carnival to cut pollution from cruise ships

    The world's largest cruise ship company will adopt technology from power plants and automobiles to reduce air pollution from the massive diesel engines powering its ships. In a tentative agreement reached Thursday with the Environmental Protection Agency, Carnival Corp. will deploy scrubbers to reduce sulfur dioxide and filters ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oil pollution in the Black Sea – European Commission responds

    The European Commission has responded to a request for assistance from Ukraine through its Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), which is the office responsible for civil protection and marine pollution actions. Ukraine requires expertise to assist its own authorities in evaluating the environmental impact of the oil pollution in the Kerch Strait. Stavros Dimas, Commissioner responsible for ...

  • Report: China`s ports fail to regulate pollution

    China's busy ports fail to regulate heavy emissions of sulfur oxide and other pollutants mostly from cargo ships although they're the biggest source of air pollution in port cities such as Hong Kong, according to a new report. The U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council found that maritime activity accounts for half of all sulfur oxide emitted in Hong Kong and about a third of all nitrogen ...


    By Associated Press

  • Arctic melting opens sea route to more pollution

    As Arctic sea ice continues to melt at an alarming rate, maritime traffic is set to increase − and with it the pollution emitted by ships’ engines. A paper published by the  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • 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 ...

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