First UK e-marine hub for electric boats launches in Plymouth

UK's first "e-marine hub" launched in Plymouth
UK’s first “e-marine hub” launched in Plymouth

The UK’s first ‘e-marine hub’ of shoreside charging facilities for electric vessels have been unveiled in Plymouth. The series of high-power DC electric charging stations have been switched on in prominent locations along the perimeter of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. This includes the world’s first 150kW charging facility at Mount Batten, the UK’s first 75kW site at MDL’s Queen Anne’s Battery and a 25kW installation at the Barbican landing stage.

Further installations are now being developed along the city’s waterfront, Continue reading “First UK e-marine hub for electric boats launches in Plymouth”

DW investigation reveals bilge pump dumping at sea is a bigger problem than most realise

Ships are dumping oily wastewater illegally by using a bilge pump.
Ships are dumping oily wastewater illegally by using a bilge pump.

The illegal dumping of oily wastewater into the ocean from ships, by using a bilge pump, is likely much more widespread than previously known and largely goes unpunished, according to an investigation from German media company DW. Despite oily waste dumping being prohibited globally under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), it continues to be shockingly common as vessels continue to pollute the world’s ocean with oil wastewater. Continue reading “DW investigation reveals bilge pump dumping at sea is a bigger problem than most realise”

Time to take charge of lithium battery moves

The market is exponentially increasing through consumer demand for a wide variety of rechargeable products from handheld devices to power tools and electric vehicles. Recently recorded incidents of container fires caused by, or suspected to involve lithium batteries, as well as conflagrations of significant proportions on car carriers and ro-pax ships mean that safety concerns rightly continue to grow amongst the maritime community. In addition to which revised regulatory restrictions regarding the carriage by air of lithium batteries, which took effect from 1st April, may result in greater volumes being transported by surface modes. Continue reading “Time to take charge of lithium battery moves”

EU announces allocate of €1 billion for the ocean protection at Our Ocean Conference

During the Our Ocean Conference in Palau, the EU renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance, by presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion.

The Our Ocean Conference is a key moment for countries across the world, civil society, and industry to commit to concrete and significant actions to protect the ocean. Continue reading “EU announces allocate of €1 billion for the ocean protection at Our Ocean Conference”

Impact of digital technology on maritime sustainability is the subject of the The Optimal Route report.

The Optimal Route Report
The Optimal Route Report

The Optimal Route report examines strategies to reduce greenhouse gases in shipping, offers guide to decarbonisation role of digital technologies. Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has published a new decarbonisation report entitled the Optimal Route to explore the impact digital technology can make on shipping’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Compiled by maritime innovation consultancy Thetius, and sponsored by the Inmarsat Research Programme, The Optimal Route – The Why and How of Digital Decarbonisation Continue reading “Impact of digital technology on maritime sustainability is the subject of the The Optimal Route report.”

Status update on biofouling regulations around the world

As new requirements for managing biofouling on international vessels arriving in Australia will begin on 15 June 2022, more countries around the world have already established similar biofouling regulations to address the effects.

The transfer of invasive aquatic species to new environments via ships has been identified by the IMO as a major threat to the world’s oceans and to the conservation of biodiversity, hence the need for enhanced biofouling regulations. Continue reading “Status update on biofouling regulations around the world”

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