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IMO – More States urged to ratify the London Protocol

IMO: Governments have been urged to ratify the London Protocol treaty which regulates the dumping of wastes at sea in order to ensure the universal application of its precautionary approach towards protection of the marine environment. The London Protocol, which currently has 47 Contracting States and has been in force since 2006, prohibits all dumping…

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IMO – energy efficiency guides

Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization (IMO) GloMEEP Project, paving the way for further work in climate change mitigation by the maritime sector. The GloMEEP training…

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New Marine Equipment Directive (MED) enters into force in the EEA

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) announced that on 26 August 2016, the EEA (European Economic Area) EFTA States and the European Union adopted a Joint Committee Decision (JCD) incorporating the new Marine Equipment Directive into the EEA Agreement. Directive 2014/90/EU entered into force in the EEA on 27 August 2016 and repealed the former Marine Equipment…

Exterior View of the Toya Maru

Flashback in history: Toya Maru Japanese ferry sinking, resulting in 1500 deaths, 26 Sept. 1954

The Tōya Maru was a Japanese train ferry constructed by the Japanese National Railways which sank during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait between the Japanese islands of Hokkaidō and Honshūon September 26, 1954. The Japanese National Railways announced in September 1955 that 1,153 people aboard were killed in the accident. However, the exact number…