Just when things couldn’t get worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has added to an already alarming problem for the last few years.
Category : Marine Pollution
While we are all glued to the situation in hospitals where people are dying every day because of COVID-19, there’s also an unseen devastation that’s happening in our oceans
This effort is led by Circle Economy, an international movement that aims to change everything that humanity has done within the past two centuries to give way for a better future without trash.
Today, at least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris can be found in the ocean. 269,000 tonnes of that is floating on the surface while a staggering 4 billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer is scatter deep in the sea.
The radiation from Fukushima, for instance, bled into the ocean when the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant was damaged during the 2011 earthquake in Japan. What was released are dozens of radioactive elements in large quantities.
This concept was inspired by an initiative made by the New York Harbor School called the “Billion Oyster Project” that aims to restore one billion live oysters in the waters of the New York Harbor by 2035.
What scientists call the “wow factor” of ocean trash is a huge wake up call for the world’s population, especially with the effects being increasingly felt around the world. It’s about time that we get our act together and find solutions to clean up this mess.
Most of us are using plastic now more than ever because it’s easy to use, affordable and durable. So, it’s not surprising that plastic has started to accumulate not only in dumpsters but also in places where they shouldn’t be.
Comments Off on It’s Time to Fight Plastic Pollution in the Oceans: Here’s What We Can Do / 22nd November 2019
The world has become highly dependent on plastic without even noticing it. But now, we are slowly drowning in plastic and it’s doing more harm than good to the only planet we call home.
It all started with a documentary called “Chasing Coral” where a team from The Ocean Agency was able to film an extraordinary site in New Caledonia’s coral reef. The corals looked like they were glowing, but their rare vibrant colours weren’t because they were beautiful. It was a sign that they were dying.
Comments Off on Pantone’s Glowing, Glowing, Gone Campaign Reminds Us That Corals Are Dying / 8th July 2019
Compac Seawater-lubricated Propeller Shaft System By Thordon Bearings Wins Seatrade Clean Shipping Award
The COMPAC bearing system, which Thordon now offers with a lifetime bearing wear life guarantee, prevents the leakage of millions of litres of oil into the world’s oceans and reduces ship operating costs associated with aft seals and lubricating oil.
Comments Off on Compac Seawater-lubricated Propeller Shaft System By Thordon Bearings Wins Seatrade Clean Shipping Award / 29th June 2019
Low-sulphur ship fuel, decarbonisation, ballast water management: Stricter international emission limits have moved environment protection to the top of the maritime industry’s agenda. The topic will also feature prominently at SMM, the industry’s leading international trade fair. Numerous exhibitors will present innovative green technologies, and at the accompanying subject-specific conferences, experts will discuss current trends.
Comments Off on Towards A Clean Future With Green Shipping / 22nd August 2018
Following the 2014 EU Directive for Member States to develop LNG refuelling infrastructures at maritime ports, the Energy and Water Agency has been handed a €600,000 EU grant. This will be used to look into the potential of developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as Malta’s marine fuel. The technical study into LNG bunkering has a starting date scheduled this month, and the development of LNG refuelling infrastructures is expected to be completed by 2025.
Providing an overview of the technical challenges faced when designing and building systems for prestigious projects, such as mega yachts, offshore and naval vessels, Beavis said that while water treatment is a ‘mission critical’ component to operations, it is, in reality, “an afterthought” for naval architects involved in the design and construction of arguably the world’s most prestigious and innovative vessels.
Comments Off on Wastewater Management: Designers Should Not Treat Water Treatment as an Afterthought / 24th May 2017
Pollution of the marine environment, especially with plastics, has reached alarming levels. It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic waste reach our seas and oceans every year! Plastics poses a huge threat for the populations of 600 different marine species, which are injured or die as a result of entanglement or by eating them.
Comments Off on HELMEPA salutes The United Nations’ Marine Litter Campaign Titled “Clean Seas” / 3rd March 2017