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ICHCA, IAPH Joins for World Ports Sustainability Program

Photo: ICHCA International

 ICHCA International, the global NGO and membership association for cargo handling operations, technical, HSSE and risk professionals has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) to pursue cooperative projects of mutual interest.  This

Shipping Industry Critical Meeting in July on Sulphur Cap

Image: International Chamber of Shipping

 The shipping industry - as represented by its international trade associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and WSC) - calls on the Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to make progress on key challenges around the global sulphur cap to avoid compromising safety or unfairly penalising individual ships.

IMO Supports Implementing UN SDGS

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s comprehensive technical cooperation programme supports Member States to implement IMO treaties effectively.    This is one way in which IMO supports the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

FAO on Fishing Vessel Safety Work

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 While exact figures are hard to come by, preliminary, conservative estimates of fatalities in fishing are now over 32 000 people annually. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that the number of fishers injured or suffering from work-related illnesses are much higher.    Fatalities

Accelerating Antarctic Thaw Speeds Sea Level Rise

Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica. (Credits: University of Washington/I. Joughin)

An accelerating thaw of Antarctica has pushed up world sea levels by almost a centimeter since the early 1990s in a risk for coasts from Pacific islands to Florida, an international team of scientists said on Thursday.Antarctica has enough ice to raise seas by 58 meters (190 ft) if it ever all melted,

International Chamber of Shipping Concern over Italian Policy on Migrants

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping

 International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is deeply concerned about the apparent new policy of the Italian Government to close its ports to migrants rescued by vessels operated by humanitarian NGOs.  The refusal by Italy to allow rescued persons to be disembarked could have serious implications for the safety and welfare of these distressed people,

DP World Joins World Ocean Council

Image: World Ocean Council

 Global trade enabler DP World has become the first company in its sector to join the World Ocean Council (WOC) as part of its leadership journey to actively engage in the protection of the world’s oceans.  By becoming a member of the growing international multi-industry alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” DP World will commence,

Deep Ocean Exploration is the 21st Century ‘Space Race’

KUROSHIO is integrating technologies owned by Japanese universities, institutes and companies for a unique collaborative approach centered around AUVs. (Photo: Woodruff Patrick Laputka)

A new version of the Space Race is happening, with researchers aiming for the deep ocean.Human history has shown us to be a resourceful species, always using the tools available to us to explore, understand and utilize the bounty of resources around us to create a better life. We have come a long way

GAC Greece Joins Green Award Foundation

Photo: GAC

 GAC Greece has become the latest GAC company to sign up to the Green Award (GA) Foundation’s scheme, underlining its commitment to environmental issues.   Under the scheme, GA-certified ships that use GAC's ship agency services at Greek ports can claim a 10% discount on the company’s agency fees.

European Shipowners on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Photo:  European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)

 The European shipowners together with MEP Wim Van de Camp yesterday organised a seminar in the European Parliament to discuss the International Maritime Organization (IMO) initial Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategy for shipping.    The initial strategy was adopted in the 72nd session

Kitack Lim Calls for Safe Ship Navigation

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has highlighted the important link between safe ship navigation and sustainability.    Speaking at the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea (27 May),

IMO GHG Strategy in Focus at European Parliament

Phone: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Members of the European Parliament and other stakeholders have been briefed on the Initial International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Strategy on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships, adopted in April, and the follow-up actions that may be taken to implement the initial strategy including consideration of candidate short term measures.

Petroleum Geo-Services, TGS Wins Canadian Survey Contract

Map: TGS

 TGS and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) announce the commencement of a new 3D multi-client project in East Canada.    The new Tablelands 3D Geostreamer survey will cover approximately 8,000 km² in an active Newfoundland area of the Flemish Pass and Orphan Basins. Acquisition is expected to complete in late Q3 2018.

Namibia Strengthens Oil Spill Response

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Namibia has hosted of a series of events addressing oil spill preparedness and response, with two back to back workshops in Swakopmund (22-24 May and 28-31 May) developed with a view to improve the national preparedness and response system in the country.   A first workshop was held to provide participants

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