Diane Gilpin, the founder of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance, makes the business case for change as delegates continue to debate shipping's future at the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 72) in London this week.
The Liberian Registry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Netherlands-based ProSea Marine Education, and Maritime Training Services (MTS) of Seattle, Washington, have jointly developed a ground-breaking marine environmental awareness training program for seafarers and shoreside staff.
The computer-based training program provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and diverse marine environment
IMO is taking a significant step forward in banning the use of fuel that exceeds the .5% sulphur limit as of 2020 unless an operational scrubber is in place. This helps level the playing field in discouraging those endeavoring to benefit by not using compliant fuel. Also necessary will be enforcement of this amendment.
Commodities and chartering giant Cargill is teaming up with four NGOs to boost shipping sustainability. The idea is to back initiatives and increase accountability across the sector.
EVIDENCE OF THE MARINE INDUSTRY’S DESIRE AND COMMITMENT TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE MARINE INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES
On August 21, 2017, Environmental Coastal & Offshore (ECO), published an article explaining that small fish are driven by scent to eat plastic.
"When a small fish, like an anchovy, is eaten by a larger predator, whatever is in that smaller fish extends up the entire food chain. That’s why it’s important for us to understand why more than fifty marine species seem driven to ingest plastic debris."
“Restore America’s Estuaries is excited to partner with NAMEPA to bring together leaders from the estuarine protection and restoration sector, and the shipping and maritime industry. This partnership will foster collaboration in tackling some of our coasts’ most pressing challenges and provide a strong foundation working towards protecting our coastal systems, resources, and economies. The nexus between our two organizations provides a natural platform for our partnership and we look forward to working with NAMEPA.” Jeff Benoit, President and CEO.
"The United States Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard's long-standing relationship has yielded great successes . . . Stewardship of our natural resources and the protection of our shared maritime boundary requires great coordination between our two organizations. . . " - Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft
NAMEPA officially welcomes Bermuda as its newest chapter- BERMEPA.
BERMEPA to champion efforts to "Save Our Seas".
Four prominent international trade associations have banded together in issuing a joint proposal to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector, which is responsible for transporting about 90% of global trade and 2.2% of the world’s annual man-made CO2 emissions.