U.S. Court Orders EPA to Rewrite Ballast Water Discharge Rules

  By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK, Oct 5 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in New York ordered the government to rewrite its rules regulating the discharge of ballast water by ships, in a victory for environmental groups that said the rules were too lenient and threatened the nation's waterways. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said the Environmental … [Read more...]

Ballast Water Treatment Spending Set to ‘Explode’

By Randall Hackley (Bloomberg) -- Investments in ballast water treatment are set to surge on the ratification of global environmental legislation that would help regulate vessels’ water discharges, according to a new report by Global Water Intelligence. Spending may “explode” with an estimated $45.6 billion in investments over the next five years, the Oxford, U.K.-based … [Read more...]

IMO-BBC Short Film: Invaders from the Sea

The International Maritime Organization partnered with renowned BBC Wildvision to produce this short film, titled Invaders from the Sea, offering unique insight into an important environmental issue: the transfer of harmful organisms in ships' ballast water. The film takes an in-depth look at the phenomenon impacting coastlines and millions of lives around the world, as well … [Read more...]

New Suez Canal May Speed Invasion of Species Into Mediterranean

HERZLIYA, Israel, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Some surprising traffic passes through the Suez Canal each day. Beneath the decks of the giant cargo ships that flow through the man-made channel, innumerable creatures also cross the waters and settle in the Mediterranean Sea, damaging the local ecology and coastal economies. With Egypt planning to dig a new $8 billion canal alongside … [Read more...]