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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Gasum teams up with Deltamarin and Wärtsilä for ship optimization

Gasum teamed up with ship design company Deltamarin and Wärtsilä, a leader in maritime technologies, for cleaner maritime transport, following the global sustainability goals for a greener shipping.

The global sustainability goals call the shipping industry to reduce sulphur emissions, according to the 2020 sulphur cap regulation issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which came into force in January 1, 2020.

In addition, the IMO ambitious GHG strategy calls for massive emission reductions by 2050. At the same time, the pace of digitalization is accelerating.

Therefore, the three partners collaborated to show how they can help shipowners meet challenges, seize opportunities and contribute to saving the environment, all while keeping business profitable:

Deltamarin offers future-proof design with high cargo capacity and low-energy consumption Wärtsilä delivers next generation propulsion machinery solutions with future fuel flexibility Gasu…
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Cargill, Rainmaking partner for decarbonization program

Cargill, Rainmaking and more than 10 industry partners will join their forces to launch a program in Singapore, focused on the decarbonization issue. In fact, the program will be the first of its kind based in Asia and goals to develop new solutions related to CO2 emissions reduce.

By bringing together shipping industry leaders and tech innovation experts, the Singapore program will further boost the industry to be in line with the IMO's decarbonization targets.

We know that our industry faces a huge challenge to decarbonize emissions and drive digitalization. By connecting creative and talented thinkers with industry leaders at one of the world’s busiest ports and digital hubs, we will be able to convert transformational ideas into real opportunities.

....said Ying Ying Lim, APAC Managing Director for Cargill Ocean Transportation.

Through the program, startups and industry leaders will test and scale transformational technologies that can reduce CO2 emi…

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Rubbish bins from recycled plastic spread across the UK

BinForGreenSeas announced that Swale Council will join its project. The organization will soon establish three bins along the Swale seafront, prompting visitors to dispose of their litter responsibly with our prominent and poignant message: throw marine life a lifeline.

The bins will be placed at Minster Beach, Leysdown Beach and Sheerness Beach. These are popular areas with tourists and locals alike, so we are delighted that Swale Council is being so proactive in taking a stand against marine littering. Our bins will help to promote positive action amongst visitors, helping to protect these glorious award-winning stretches of coastline.

Fazilette Khan, Founder of GreenSeas Trust, stated:

The bins are proving themselves in the fight to stop plastics entering the sea by changing the behaviour of beach goers. We know they will do same at the three new locations where they will be permanently sited

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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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GSF: 10 tips for sulphur-surcharged shippers

With the official implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) launched advice, assisting importers and exports who will have to deal with the demands for surcharges from shipping lines seeking to cover their costs of compliance.

The Forum issued a "Top 10" list on what industry should keep in mind when negotiating for 2020 contracts. Specifically:

It’s a discretionary charge not a mandatory tax Buying (more expensive) Low Sulphur Fuel is not the only option Don’t lock in an early rate or consolidate any sulphur surcharges into BAFs "So how did you work that out?" Carriers should know to the nearest tonne and tens of dollars what fuel they have bought and used, given its costs. Low-sulphur fuel is nothing new Watch for the scrubber in low-sulphur clothing Consider joining a benchmarking service If it looks like an arbitrary figure and feels like an arbitrary figure Don’t fall for the sympathy card Sulphur surcharges stink!

Meanwhile, James…

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Tankers to potentially bring the green energy of the future

It wasn’t long since a report by the Marine Strategies International (MSI) looked at what might happen to demand for oil tankers and bulk ships if the world manages to meet the fossil fuel reduction targets set out in the Paris Climate Accord. Notably, it was said that the most extreme reduction scenario, coal consumption is estimated to fall by 80% by 2050; oil will drop by half and gas by a quarter.

Wärtsilä now informs that such dramatic changes could push demand for tankers down by a third, with many ships becoming stranded assets. What is more, the value of the world’s dry bulk ships could be cut in half by 2030, dropping from USD 195bn to USD 90bn.

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Adding to this, it is said that tankers and bulk ships can be a major investment with a lifespan of approximately 30 years. Yet, in the light of the the possible changes, many owners…

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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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Atlantic strategy promoting a sustainable blue economy

The blue economy of the EU Atlantic area is one of the largest in Europe as it amounts to €65 billion gross value and employs more than 1.2 million people.

The European Commission reports that the Atlantic stakeholders are reviewing how they can help decarbonize the economy, reduce marine pollution and further promote a sustainable blue economy, looking at the new decade approaching with a new Commission and new funding instruments.

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In fact, the 6th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, the annual event of the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism, which took place in Porto, Portugal, was a perfect occasion to discuss the revision and upgrade of the Atlantic Action Plan, the role of ports as blue economy hubs in the Atlantic Area, open innovation and creating a network of innovative ports and possible funding opportunities for the mariti…

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