Commercial fishing, plastic major part of environmental crisis

The environmental crisis is most challenging than ever, with the seas being warmer than at any point in the human history and life underwater is facing many threats. Thus, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 “Life Under Water” establishes a wide-ranging goal to "conserve and sustainably use the world's oceans, seas and marine resources".

The severity of the environmental crisis is demonstrated by the plight of perhaps the single most important marine ecosystem: coral reefs.

Reefs play an important role for human communities and their global economy, providing food security for hundreds of millions of people and coastal protection for hundreds of millions more.

Coral reef collapse is directly linked to rising sea temperatures. Corals live close to their upper thermal limit and even modest temperature rises can disrupt their relationship with their algae lodger. This leads the often-kaleidoscopic coral to turn white as it dies, a process known as bleaching.…

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Partners join forces on ammonia-fuelled tanker project

MISC Berhad, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), Lloyd’s Register (LR) and MAN Energy Solutions announced a collaboration to jointly launch a project (JDP) for an ammonia-fuelled tanker to support shipping’s drive towards a decarbonized future.

Accordingly, ammonia is one of the many options one could choose to achieve decarbonization; Thus, the partners believe that launching an  ammonia-fuelled tanker project is a way to explore the multiple decarbonisation.

In light of the project, Yee Yang Chien, President & Group CEO MISC Berhad stated that the project is a collaborative effort to boost the shipping industry and define the future, rather than being confrontational and fragmented, as collaboration is the key.

Yee Yang Chien stated

We need more shining examples of partnerships and collaborations in our industry and it is my hope that this will encourage our peers in the industry to also join hands with others to advance the zero-carbon agenda.

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UK Shipping Minister stresses the importance of net-zero emissions

The UK shipping and maritime minister, Nus Ghani, highlighted the importance of the industry in achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, while opening the UK Chamber of Shipping and British Ports Association one-day conference on decarbonization last week.

During her keynote address she highlighted the importance of Maritime 2050 and the Clean Maritime Plan in working towards a cleaner, greener future.

What is more, Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, gave an overview of how UK industry as a whole, will need to change to ensure it achieves its climate change targets. Lord Deben also spoke about the opportunities that a shift to clean growth will provide.

Conference organizer and UK Chamber of Shipping Policy Director Anna Ziou emphasized that

Tackling climate change and reducing emissions are a top priority for us and we were delighted to have industry leading figures give their views on the future of decarbonization.

The British Po…

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NIMASA accelerates efforts dealing with GHG emissions

NIMASA's Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, highlighted Nigeria's moves to deal with the greenhouse gas emissions, in efforts improve with Nigeria's maritime space, in attempts to keep up with the environmental regulations ahead.

Mr Peterside spoke at the regional workshop on the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, and highlighted that the agency's plans to monitor GHG emissions through data collection, monitoring and verification are in line with the Paris Agreement goals.

Moreover, NIMASA's Director General reported that Nigeria has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maritime Transport Coordinating Centre, MTCC, for Africa on climate change towards ensuring GHG emission reduction in the maritime sector.

Another action that drives NIMASA closer to GHG reduction is that it invested in climate observatory station at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, in line with its effort to effectively deal with atmos…

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Watch: First hydrogen offshore platform pilot explained

The first offshore green hydrogen plant created by the Neptune Energy, located in the Dutch field of the North Sea, includes three energy systems in one platform; offshore wind, offshore gas, and hydrogen. The following video explains how the project will be progressed, keeping in mind that it is the first project of its kind in the sector.

Neptune's Q13a-A platform will be equipped with a megawatt electrolyser inside a sea container, located near the Dutch coast. The platform is the first fully electrified offshore oil site based in the Dutch North Sea, which saves approximately 16.5 kilotonnes of CO2 per year. As a result, it is suitable for its purpose.

The seawater will be converted to demineralised water by the platform, using green electricity in order to produce hydrogen.

As the production will begin in 2021, the participants will gain experience in the production of hydrogen in an offshore environment. The pilot is part of the North Sea energy p…

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Watch: Sea Shepherd and scientists sight the first vaquita for 2019

A group of scientists and conservationists have been collaborating with Sea Shepherd in attempts to reduce as much ghost net as possible from the critical zones; In August they recorded the first vaquita sightings of 2019.

As the video explains, the participants had sightings of two pairs of Vaquitas on August 19th and 20th, then two Vaquitas were photographed when sighted on September 3rd.

Vaquita are the smallest cetaceans on the planet and the most endangered marine mammal on Earth. The species is endemic to Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. It is estimated there are less than 19 vaquita alive today.

Specifically, the visual expedition is being conducted in the Upper Gulf of California, in a partnership between Mexico’s National Commission on Protected Areas (CONANP), Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Museo de la Ballena y Ciencias del mar, along with leading marine mammal researchers from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS)…

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EU Commission launches second edition of ‘Blue Economy’ report

The European Commission launched the second edition of the 'Blue Economy Report' during the opening of the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon. As 2019 focuses on boosting blue economy, the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella presented the report.

Specifically, the Blue Economy Report focuses on the size of the Blue Economy in the EU, also examining not only established sectors, but also emerging ones, as those for which reliable data are emerging, and innovative sectors that provide Blue Economy with new opportunities for investment and hold huge opportunities for the future development of coastal communities.

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, instrumental in drafting the Blue Economy Report reported

The second Report on the European Blue Economy reflects the importance that the European Commission attaches to a robust, evidence-b…

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Sustainable Development Goals crucial to improve people’s lives, says IMO Sec-Gen

During his speech at Nor-Shipping 2019, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim delivered a strong reminder regarding the ever-increasing importance of balanced and sustainable development. Mr. Lim also highlighted moves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry.

During his keynote address, Mr. Lim spoke about the Sustainable Development Goals, stating that they are a 'unifying factor breathing life into global efforts to improve the lives of people everywhere.' Specifically, regarding SDG 14, IMO's Sec-Gen mentioned that it deals with the oceans, and is central to IMO.

Aspects of the Organization's work can be linked to all the individual SDGs, and I believe the Organization is making good progress in working towards these goals

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Furthermore, he continued by saying that the blue economy must be sustainable. It mus…

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UK supports Overseas Territories’ biodiversity

The UK Government launched a Call for Evidence on safeguarding biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories. Many Overseas Territories are important  in their ecological richness, containing over 90 per cent of the UK’s marine and terrestrial nature.They are hubs for biodiversity with approximately 3,300 species, but they are vulnerable to environmental change.

The Call for Evidence is open for ten weeks from 10 May 2019 and closes on 19 July 2019.

It is a call to protect the environment and tackle climate change.

The British Government's announcement follows the 25 Year Environment Plan which contains a number of goals on improving biodiversity in the Overseas Territories, including the continued implementation of the Blue Belt programme.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove noted

2020 is the year we must all agree on further action for climate, nature and ocean conservation, with appropriate funding to protect and enhance the planet’s most pristine…

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Shell announces green investment plan to cut Co2 emissions

Shell announced a programme to invest in natural ecosystems as part of its strategy to act on global climate change, including addressing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by customers when using its products. Shell plans to invest $300 million over the next three years.

Specifically, this newly-announced product will contribute to the company's three-year target to decrease its Net Carbon Footprint by 2-3%.

There is no single solution to tackling climate change. A transformation of the global energy system is needed, from electricity generation to industry and transport

... Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell, reported.

He continued that the company focuses on natural ecosystems taking a step closer towards a low-carbon future.

In addition, Shell's boosts its decision by investing in lower-carbon options, such as battery electric vehicle charging to liquefied natural gas and hydrogen. Moreover, the company is inv…

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