The world’s commercial shipping fleet, already struggling with the cost of meeting environmental regulations, may be sitting on an even bigger time bomb. Analysis of hull anti-fouling coatings suggests they could be shedding a hitherto unsuspected one million tons… Continue reading
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, a proposed addition to the U.S. defence bill, risks making the Great Lakes highly vulnerable to aquatic invasive species.
The act proposes to exempt ballast water discharges from the federal Clean Water Act. It also… Continue reading
Degradation of anti-fouling paints, leaving a rough surface which increases water resistance, is often overlooked as a reason for deteriorating fuel efficiency in ships.
By and large, ship operators are more than happy to do what they can to lower… Continue reading
Crustaceans at 10,000 metre depths contain higher concentrations of chemicals than some animals in coastal waters
Research reported in this month’s NATURE shows that toxic chemicals, including anti-fouling compounds from ship hulls, are accumulating in marine creatures in Earth’s deepest oceanic trenches.
The research, conducted from the University of Aberdeen and presented at a conference inShanghai,… Continue reading
The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, has unveiled its North Sea prototype.
When installed, the prototype will become the first ocean cleanup system ever tested at sea.
The prototype will be… Continue reading
The global antifouling paints & coatings market is projected to reach USD 9.22 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 8.6% between 2016 and 2021.
High demand of antifouling paints & coatings from the shipping industry is propelling the growth… Continue reading
Agreement by the Government of Peru to accede to the International Maritime Organisation’s Ballast Water Convention has brought the regulations to the brink of implementation.
The Convention is intended to limit the transport of invasive species in ship’s ballast… Continue reading
The Kong Kong Government of Hong Kong plans to implement the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships (AFS Convention), according to a note published to ship owners, operators, masters, classification societies and shipbuilders.
The Anti-Fouling… Continue reading
Friends of the Earth released the 2016 edition of its Cruise Ship Report Card today, documenting the environmental footprint of the cruise industry and grading 17 cruise lines and their 171 ships. The report card, last released in 2014, shows… Continue reading
Underwater cleaning of ship hulls releases both invasive species and high concentrations of toxic anti-fouling paint into the water.
In enclosed bays these have no place to go. This collation of video clips shows underwater hull cleaning in progress… Continue reading