Big Plastic’s $1 Billion Pledge to End Plastic Waste Just a Drop in the Polluted Ocean

By Jack Kaskey (Bloomberg) -- With all those plastic-trash haters filling the Internet with images of garbage-choked oceans and demanding bans on everything from drinking straws to grocery bags, chemical companies are beginning to get alarmed. Their solution: A public pledge by the new Alliance to End Plastic Waste to spend $1 billion over five years to clean up marine … [Read more...]

Maersk Supply Service AHTS Selected to Deploy World’s First Large-Scale Ocean Plastic Cleanup System

Maersk Supply Service has signed on to support The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit that is developing technology to clean the ocean of plastic waste. For their role in the project, Maersk Supply Service will provide its AHTS, Maersk Launcher, to deploy and support the first cleanup system, known as Cleanup System 001, in the North Pacific. This will mark the start of the … [Read more...]

New Zealand Fishing Company Gets Nailed for Falsifying Oil Records

WASHINGTON –A federal jury in Washington, D.C., today returned guilty verdicts against Sanford Ltd., a New Zealand fishing company, on six counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS).  The jury also found a company employee guilty of two other charges. According to the government's evidence, in July 2011, … [Read more...]

The Straits of Malacca – A Global Maritime Crossroads / Garbage Dump

I made my first trip to Singapore back in 2000 as a Division Officer on board USS Paul F. Foster.  As we were making our way up around the northern side of the island to Sembawang, I was absolutely astounded by the virtual garbage dump our bow wave pushed aside as we motored along through the channel. It was unbelievable how little regard the Malaysians and Singaporeans had … [Read more...]

Whistle-Blowing Seafarer Stands to Earn 6-Figure Reward, $1.2M Fine Assessed to Shipowners

Shipping Companies Plead Guilty to Charges of Obstruction of Justice and Environmental Crimes WASHINGTON – Two corporations pleaded guilty yesterday in separate hearings in Baltimore for their role in managing and owning a ship engaged in deliberate discharges of waste oil and plastic garbage. The companies were each sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis to … [Read more...]