The first company to receive recognition owing to their outstanding practice, commitments, and concern towards the protection of endangered whale populations from lethal ship strikes.
Several conservation groups and scientists have called for one of the world’s busiest shipping routes to be immediately re-routed differently to protect blue whales.
MSC is the first major shipping line to re-route their ships on the west coast of Greece to reduce the risk of collision with endangered sperm whales in the Mediterranean.
In an unfortunate incident, a 39-foot-long whale was found dead and hanging on a tanker’s bow. The whale has been crushed by the vessel and dragged all along the Pacific Ocean to Japan.
Friend of the Sea Launches the Whale-Safe Certification to Stop the Death of 20.000 Whales Every Year.
On 30 September, MSC was presented with the highest recognition for participating in a vessel speed-reduction programme in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel region.
From August 1 and until November 30, 2020, a new period will come into force to comply with the annual recommendations on speed and maritime traffic established by the IMO since 2014, which limits the knot to 10 knots.
NYK has received a gold award for the second consecutive year for the company’s participation in the Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies program, a VSR incentive program along the West Coast of North America conducted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.
Ben McInnes, Portsmouth International Port’s harbor master said: ‘Yesterday morning (30 December) during a routine boarding of AEL’s Cote D’Ivorian Star, a regular cargo ship carrying fruit from Africa, pilot boat crew spotted an object on the bow of the vessel.
NYK has received a gold award for the company’s participation in the Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies program, a VSR incentive program along the West Coast of North America conducted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.