The global trade association for merchant shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has modified its stance towards the ratification by governments of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention, which has still not yet entered into force having been adopted more than 10 years ago.
An Italian shipping firm based in Genoa, Italy, pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by falsifying required ships’ documents to hide the fact that the ship had illegally discharged oil contaminated waste into the ocean on multiple occasions, announced the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Dutch inland waterways have the capacity to serve as an alternative to road and rail transport. Therefore Rijkswaterstaat initiated the IDVV programme. Within this programme public and private parties, knowledge institutes, shippers, carriers, ports and terminals cooperate to make better use of the waterways.
EU ministers have backed a set of actions to make Europe’s seas safer and to protect the EUs maritime security interests from the threats which it faces. The Action Plan, part of the EU’s Maritime Security Strategy adopted in June 2014, takes a cross-border and cross-sector approach to confronting the seaborne perils which the EU is confronted with.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), which is an NYK Group company, and ClassNK have teamed up with Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University and Sembcorp Marine Technology Pte. Ltd. for research on an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS)* intended to be used to control SOx emissions** outside emission control areas (ECAs).