Philippines Domestic Ferry Safety Conference Urges Action To Improve Safety Record

The Manila Statement acknowledges the urgent need to enhance the safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages and urges States to review and update national regulations in relation to their passenger ferries and to apply the guidelines, to address marine casualties and incidents involving such vessels. ​​​​Credits: imo.org

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages, held in Manila, the Philippines, on 24 April 2015, has adopted guidelines to aid the process of reducing the mounting toll of accidents involving such vessels by addressing the question of whether a ship is fit for purpose in its intended role.




Report: Plastic Particles In The Ocean May Be As Deadly As Plastic Bags

Microplastic fragments from the western North Atlantic, collected using a towed plankton net.
Photo: Giora Proskurowski, Sea Education Association (SEA).

Micro-plastics – tiny pieces of plastic or fibres which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain – are increasingly being found in the oceans and may prove to be as harmful to marine life as more obvious, larger debris, such as plastic bags, according to a new report.
Micro-plastics – tiny pieces of plastic or fibres which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain – are increasingly being found in the oceans and may prove to be as harmful to marine life as more obvious, larger debris, such as plastic bags, according to a new report.