Economist Sustainability Summit – Chicago - June 5, 2018This summit brought together stakeholders spanning the production cycle to discuss the viability of sustainability through a circular economy where all waste is re-used in the industrial process. The overarching idea is…
The newly released book The Business of Shipping (2018, 9th edition), written by SUNY Maritime College Professor Ira Breskin, is a timely and comprehensive analysis of a dynamic industry that enables global markets.
Cargill Inc., known for its land-based agriculture, is also a dominant presence on the world’s waterways and is hoping to use its power position to clean up the ocean-shipping industry. The Minnetonka-based conglomerate recently committed to reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions at sea by 15 percent in the next two years, but it’s going to need help from its partners to achieve this.
NAMEPA took on the issue of marine debris 10 years ago as a way to reach and educate the public to “Save our Seas”. More recently, we helped promote the idea of reducing the use of straws. How does this affect the maritime industry? As the public awareness and advocacy of environmental issues grows, they will be looking at industry’s that do not seem to be reducing their impact on the environment. It is important that shipping be seen as proactive in this regard, or the “power of the public” will turn to us.
The North American Marine Environment Protection Association has announced that its newest educational resource, the Marine Industry Learning Guide, is now available for free download. This guide was created for anyone looking to educate others on the marine industry, whether in a formal or non-formal setting. It provides activities to increase awareness of the marine industry and the industry's dedication to the health and safety of its crew, the environment and its fleet.
Don’t expect to demurely sip a cocktail from a straw within Seattle's city limits. As of July 1, plastic straws and eating utensils are banned. Now diners will either have to pack their own or just put their mouth on the glass and drink the old-fashioned way.
As a result of a recent partnership between the two organizations, the American Salvage Association (ASA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) are pleased to announce a joint event to be held in Panama from August 1-2nd. This event will be held in tandem with the Conferencia Annual Martima de Panama. The ASA-ADCI event will bring together hemispheric members from both organizations to develop collaborations on related work, as well as to pursue opportunities to further their aligned missions.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is the most recent step towards lessening environmental impacts in the fueling industry. LNG occurs when natural gas is taken from a gaseous form and turned into liquid form. The benefit of using LNG is that it is non-pressurized, and is therefore easier and safer to transport. LNG is only 1/600ths the volume of natural gas in the gaseous state, so more can be shipped at a time. It is win-win for ships as LNG is easier to transport, more fuel efficient, and better for the environment because burning LNG results in less carbon emissions that other forms of fuel. Burning LNG releases 50-60% less carbon than coal. LNG is still a fossil fuel and does have impacts on the environment, but the impacts are less than traditional forms of fuel.
In an effort to protect whales and cut ship emissions, California continues its Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies Program and establishes voluntary vessel speed reduction zones in the Santa Barbara Channel region and San Francisco Bay area between 1 July 2018 and 15 November 2018.
Single-use disposable plastic bags are causing more harm than good for the environment. Even though they are convenient to carry groceries, they are anything but convenient for the planet. When improperly disposed of, a plastic bag can easily be carried by the wind to our oceans. Due to their lightweight design, even if it was thrown out far from water, it can still end up in the sea.