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22Jun

Navi ship Jules Verne to be dismantled in Belgium

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The French navy ship Jules Verne will be dismantled in Ghent, Belgium, being an EU approved yard and falling under the Hong Kong Convention.

19Jun

50% of world scrubbers are used by Norwegian shipowners

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Clarkson Research Services have revealed that fifty percent of the world’s fleet currently using scrubber technology are Norwegian owned vessels. Forty-one percent of the order book is made up by ‘other’ European owners.

29May

New chairman and vice chairman for Euroshore

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After having been the driving force behind Euroshore for two years, Baudouin SKA, director at Febem-Fege and secretary general of Ferver, the European Federation of Glass Recyclers, steps down as chairman of Euroshore. As of May 26th, Nuno MATOS of Eco Oil Ltd. Portugal acts as the new chairman and Carlos CARDOSO of Nature Group Portugal is the new vice chairman. Cardoso is also in charge of the BREF review work group (Best Available Techniques Reference Document for Waste Treatment).

28May

Water purification systems research for estimating micro plastics in rivers

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Recent research from the University of Ghent, Belgium, has demonstrated there is a large variability in micro plastics removal by water purification systems, which made it conclude that the Scheldt river contains a lot of micro plastics.

26May

Non-European ship recyclers eligible for European list of approved facilities

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Already since 2000 talks about ship recycling have been going on. In May 2009, the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was adopted within IMO. However, the convention only enters into force 24 months after 15 states, representing 40% of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage. With only 4 countries having ratified the convention and not even representing the necessary 3% ship recycling volume of their combined tonnage, it will take at least another 5 to 7 years before the Convention will enter into force.

01Apr

Take measures to promote marine oils recycling

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As oil prices have fallen drastically since 2014, cement kilns and blast furnaces are increasingly using purer virgin fuels and, as such, reduce demand for the so called “dry oil” or waste oil collected from ships such as bilgewater, sludge and slops.

22Mar

Marine litter: take action to reduce plastic litter in our oceans

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New reports on marine litter show that we are headed for an ecological crisis in our oceans. However, with appropriate actions we can reduce the impact significantly.

16Mar

Probo Koala: 10 years after the toxic waste scandal

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Ten years ago, the maritime press published the scandal about toxic waste of the Probo Koala. Things have evolved since that incident.

12Feb

Is the low oil price causing more victims?

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Dear reader, please find attached a background article illustrating the difficult situation of oil recycling initiatives in the EU.

02Jan

Our best wishes for 2016

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Happy 2016 to you, dear reader. We hope your new year will be full of joyful learning, interesting opportunities and intense pleasure in everything you will undertake.

30Dec

Ecoslops transforms oil residues into marine fuels at its Portuguese plant

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Ecoslops produced its first recycled marine fuel products compliant to the ISO 8217 norm, at its industrial plant in Sines, the first commercial port in Portugal, inaugurated in June 2015.

28Dec

Ballast Water Management Convention nears its coming into force

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Morocco, Ghana and Indonesia ratified the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments last November, triggering the convention’s entry into force one year after this crucial ratification.