The Management of Ship-Generated Waste On-board Ships – EMSA

This study provides an empirical overview of the management, drivers, technologies and the quantities of different categories of ship-generated waste. The data presented in this report have been collected from ship audits, interviews, a literature review, an online survey among stakeholders and audits of waste notification forms. For almost every type of ship-generated waste, there…

USA Fines Oceanfleet $2.7 million for ocean pollution case

Greek shipping companies Oceanic Illsabe Limited and Oceanfleet Shipping Limited were sentenced to pay a fine of USD 2.7 million after being convicted of obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses and conspiracy. A federal jury in Greenville, North Carolina, has convicted Oceanic Illsabe Limited, Oceanfleet Shipping Limited and…

Marine debris: understanding, Preventing and mitigating the Significant adverse impacts

Marine debris has been identified as a global problem alongside other key environmental issues, such as climate change, ocean acidification and the loss of biodiversity. It is regarded as one of the most significant problems for the marine environment and a major threat to biodiversity. Marine debris is aesthetically detrimental, a hazard to commercial shipping and fishing vessels, can…

DNVGL: Retroactive requirements for engine room sludge piping systems – effective from 1 January 2017

Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I was revised in 2011 prohibiting sludge discharge connections to the oily bilge water tanks, tank top or oily water separators for new vessels delivered after 1 January 2014. The same regulation has again been amended, now making it a retroactive requirement for all vessels irrespective of delivery date, effective form 1…

Princess Cruises Hit With Largest Ever Criminal Penalty For ‘Deliberate Pollution’

Princess Cruise Lines will pay a $40 million fine for “deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up,” according to the Department of Justice, which calls it “the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution.” The California-based cruise operator also agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges over illegal practices…

EMSA issues Guidance for Ship Inspections under the Port Reception Facilities Directive

European Maritime Safety Agency issues Guidance for Ship Inspections under the Port Reception Facilities Directive. This guidance has been developed to facilitate Ship Inspections that are presently being undertaken by the European Union Member States to enforce the PRF (Port Reception Facilities) Directive. It should be noted that DG Move and EMSA are currently developing systems to…

Tuna Vessel Operator Convicted for Oil Discharges Off American Samoa

An American tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced today for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the…