New Commission Created to Protect “Vast Areas” of World’s Oceans Neglected by UNCLOS 1982

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By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The high seas that cover almost half the Earth's surface are a treasure trove with little legal protection from growing threats such as over-fishing and climate change, according to a new international group of politicians. "High levels of pillage are going on," David Miliband, a former British foreign … [Read more...]

Compulsory Fuel-Switching in Hong Kong?

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New proposals at the world’s third largest port may require all shippers that pass through the area to switch to low-sulphur fuels. In his latest policy address, the Hong Kong Chief Executive confirmed that the government will consider "new legislation to enforce the requirement of fuel switch at berth”, as well as exploring other means of reducing ship … [Read more...]

Increased Maritime Activity Highlights Need for National Ocean Policy

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By Susan Olcott, This New Year comes with new opportunities – as well as the potential for conflicts – in the open ocean. In 2013, the US federal government will offer competitive lease sales for offshore wind farms in the waters off of Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Considering the impact these sites could have on existing ocean industries, like … [Read more...]

Emission Control Areas– A Risky Business?

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A recent investigation by the UK P&I Club revealed evidence that compliance with low sulphur fuel regulations has exacerbated ever-increasing incidences of vessel main engine failures and electrical blackouts. Engine failure, steering failure, failure of bow thrusters or complete blackout amounts to around 7% of the Club’s third party property damage claims in US$, … [Read more...]