USA: Singaporean Company Convicted for Concealing Illegal Discharges of Oily Water to the sea

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Unix Line PTE Ltd., a Singapore-based shipping company, pleaded guilty in federal court to a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson of the Northern District of California and U.S. Coast Guard…

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Infographic – 22 March World Water day. 29 Scary facts about global water pollution

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) World Water Day is an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Over 7 billion people. At the time of writing 7.125 billion people live on our beautiful blue planet. This figure is expected to rise to a staggering 10…

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Flashback in maritime history: EXXON VALDEZ oil spill 24 Mar 1989 (video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 24 March 1989, the single-hull tanker EXXON VALDEZ was departing the Port of Valdez, Alaska with a full load of North Slope crude oil (approximately 1.26 million barrels) destined for Long Beach when it grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The resulting oil spill, while not the largest in US history, was…

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Infographic: How Ocean Pollution affects Humans

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Oceans are an important part of our lives. Truth be told, they are needed in our lives just as much as the land, because together they create this ecosystem that has made life on this planet possible. For us to live and survive on our beautiful blue planet, we need to do everything in…

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USA: Shipmanager Fined US$ 1.75 Million for pollution violations in Hawaii

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Singapore based Shipmanagement Company, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of bilge waste from the tank vessel Topaz Express, a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson of the District of Hawaii accepted…

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IMO 2020: Worldwide Scrubber washwater restrictions (update Jan. 2020)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI.  A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the criteria for discharging scrubber washwater into the sea. However, some coastal…

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