G7 countries outline measures against marine litter

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During the G7 summit in Elmau at the start of June 2015, the G7 heads of state and government decided on a G7 action plan to combat marine litter and expressly committed themselves to concrete measures. Establishing practical measures were on the agenda of a workshop that brought together stakeholders and experts to commit to specific, targeted actions within four major marine debris themes:  land-based sources, sea-based sources, priority removal actions, and research/education/outreach.


HEC invests in state-of-the-art equipment and new treatment stations in Piraeus

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Our Euroshore member, Hellenic Environmental Centre, uses double bottom and double hull floating separators equipped with the most modern mechanical and electronic systems.


Antipollution Greece wins major clean-up project

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Antipollution Greece, another Euroshore member, has concluded a clean up project of the Highspeed 5 passenger vessel operated by Hellenic Seaways. In March the vessel suffered extensive damages at the hull and internal structures as a result of a fire incident during maintenance works. Antipollution removed the damaged structures, pumped out all liquid waste, and managed hazardous and non-hazardous waste which was created during the incident.


Istaç invests in new installation in Tuzla

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Istaç is a 100% public owned company, belonging to the City of Istanbul, serves the ports, shipyards, fishery ports and marinas in the province of Istanbul. The company operates a fleet of 16 ships, has a total waste collection capacity of 4,100m3, and serves about 35% of the 12,000 ships calling the port as well as about 2,000 ships passing the Turkish Streets and the Bosporus. About 175,000m3 of waste is yearly received of which 129,000m3 is oily waste.


The journey of microplastics

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Microplastics, tiny bits of plastic measuring 5 millimeters or less, are often the result of larger pieces of plastic breaking down on land before making it into the ocean.


FFS International has taken over WOS

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WOS (Waste Oil Services), headquartered in Hautrage, Belgium and partially controlled by SITA and the Region Investment Company of the Walloon Region, provides oil and fuel waste processing services.


The distribution of pests

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Ever since people started to travel by ship, they have inadvertently carried “pests” with them, including diseases, rats and, largely unnoticed, marine organisms. Historical records and studies on modern replicas indicate that wooden sailing ships were often heavily encrusted with fouling organisms.


Eco Oil acquired by Hydrodec

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The rationalization of waste oil collection and treatment companies change the sector.


Ship owners who opt for scrubbers invest a lot of money in the wrong technology

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The ecological risks of scrubbers for the marine environment are ignored while at the same time the economic benefits are overestimated, German environmental organisation NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) said commenting on the results of a new study.


Euroshore welcomes EPE as a new member

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EPE (Environmental Protection Engineering SA) has been developing innovative machinery for water treatment and environmental response services for 38 years and as such provides worldwide solutions for the maritime sector. EPE was founded on 1977 by John Polychronopoulos with focus on 3 vital areas: environmental protection, legislation compliance and engineering solutions.


European sustainable shipping Forum (ESSF) mandate extended

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The fourth plenary meeting of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) was held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on June 16. At this meeting the mandate of the ESSF, which normally would end in December 2015 got extended for another two and a half years.


Council agrees new approach on technical requirements for Inland waterway vessels

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On June 11, 2015 the Council agreed that in the future technical standards will be developed in the European Committee for drawing up Standards in Inland Navigation (CESNI). The draft directive is a measure aimed at making better use of Europe’s rivers and canals and at getting more freight onto them (NAIADES II package).