Tackle floating debris in rivers to decrease waste in oceans

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Rivers flowing from inland areas to the seas have increasingly been identified as major transporters of marine litter


Euroshore extends with new member: IND-EKO D.O.O. CROATIA

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For 20 years Ind-Eko has been collecting vast experience in all areas of industrial environmental protection and has become a key contributor to resolving complex environmental issues in Croatia.


ABS report: Ballast water treatment systems are problematic

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The Ballast Water Management Convention, entering into force on September 8, 2017, requires seagoing vessels to install a ballast water treatment system on board. By treating ballast water, which is taken in for safety and navigational reasons, shipowners try to prevent the introduction of alien invasive species that destroy local ecosystems in ports and coastal areas, where they pump the ballast water overboard.


Rotterdam's LNG Bunkering Option D expands

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The shipping industry is exploring new fuel types in order to meet stricter emissions standards. As from January 1, 2020 seagoing vessels should meet the 0.5%S requirement and in special areas the even stricter 0.1%S


New EU fisheries management is helping to save the oceans

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For decades, the waters around the EU had been beset by overfishing and careless disregard for critical species and ecosystems. Recognizing that the status quo was rapidly degrading the EU’s seas, the conservation organization Pew started working  in 2004, pursuing shark conservation along with two other initiatives: one to reform the EU Common Fisheries Policy, which sets species-specific catch limits, and another to win conservation measures for the deep sea, including stopping bottom trawling, which damages sensitive habitats and threatens numerous species.


Is the Greenland shark the Oldest on earth?

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Using protein from the center of the eye lens and combining carbon dating results with estimations of how Greenland sharks grow, scientists created a model that allowed them to probe the age of the 25 sharks born before the 1960s.


Ballast water treatment systems two years delayed

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MEPC 71 reached a highly anticipated compromise agreement on compliance dates for ballast water discharge and on implementation dates for the so-called D-2 discharge standard.


MARPOL (ANNEX VI) amendments adopted, establishing North Sea and Baltic Sea as NOX emission control areas

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IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex VI (entering into force on January 1st, 2019) during its 71st meeting in London mid July (MEPC 71).


Within the framework of Climate Change Mitigation, the Commission has sharpened its targets

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At least 27% of the energy consumed in the European Union by 2030, should come from renewable energy. One of the possibilities next to wind energy, sun panels, tidal energy etc. is the increased use of biofuels in mineral oils. (See the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources Com (2016) 767 final of 30.11.2016.


Port state control Neterlands investigates sewage treatment systems in Dutch ports

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Port state control officers are inspecting sewage treatment onboard ships calling Dutch ports. First results claim that a vast majority of installations is not meeting the required performance standards. As a result, the Dutch delegation will pass the results of the sampling campaign to IMO level.


The UK revised port reception facilities guidance

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The United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a revised Marine Guidance Note on the implementation of the EU Port Reception Facility Directive (EC/2000/59).


Horizon 2020: An EU funded research project

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Waste is one of the main focus areas of the "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials Challenge" in Horizon 2020. In this sense, the main concern is to support the transition towards a more circular economy, where waste generated in one industry becomes a raw material for another. This transition will generate growth and create jobs, while contributing to environmental protection and reducing Europe's dependency on raw material imports.