• 2018 June 9 08:56

    Thames Clean up plan launched on World Oceans Day

    World Oceans Day (8 June 2018) sees the launch of a Litter Strategy for the Thames – a major campaign aimed at tackling the scourge of rubbish, particularly plastics, in the UK’s most famous river.

    The Port of London Authority (PLA) is coordinating the Strategy as chair and founder of the Thames Litter Forum, which it established in 2014 with support from Thames Estuary Partnership. The Forum sees non-governmental organisations, university researchers, river operators, businesses, industry bodies and others working together to chart the best approach to clean up the Thames. Organisations involved include: foreshore clean up charity, Thames21, ZSL, King’s College London, the British Plastics Federation, Royal Yachting Association, Greater London Authority and many more.

    The Thames Litter Strategy comprises four key components: establishing a ‘baseline’ picture of the current situation with Thames litter; combatting litter pathways into the river; removal of existing litter; and changing behaviours through education and outreach. The Strategy links to the ‘Thames Vision’ the PLA’s 20-year development framework for the river, developed with stakeholders and launched in July 2016, which targets growing river use, alongside an improving environment.

    The PLA’s Thames Vision director, Alistair Gale said: “The launch of the Strategy is a really important step in cleaning up the Thames. As a group we’ve become skilled at cleaning up the rubbish that we can see on the foreshore and that we trap in our passive driftwood collectors, but this takes us further – looking to scope the full scale of the problems and tackle the root causes of how rubbish ends up in the Thames. It’s about moving the focus to prevention, alongside cure.

    “The plan is launched on World Oceans Day (8 June), which this year focuses on preventing pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. As a coastal city, the Thames is our gateway to the oceans, bringing the sea into the city twice a day through the tides. By cleaning up the Thames we’re doing our bit for healthier oceans.”

    Helen Jordan, sustainability issues executive from the British Plastics Federation (BPF) says: “As a member of the Thames Litter Forum, we look forward to continuing to help deliver the Litter Strategy for the Thames Vision. The strategy’s focus on both preventing litter from reaching the Thames as well as removing existing litter will help ensure it has maximum impact. A key goal of the BPF is to minimise plastic entering the sea from the UK and we view this Litter Strategy as an important part of this work.”

    Since being declared biologically ‘dead’ in the 1950s and 60s the Thames has made a remarkable recovery to become one of the cleanest metropolitan rivers in the world. It provides a diverse range of habitats for many species of fish, birds, seals and other wildlife. But litter is one of the major challenges to maintaining and improving the Thames environment. Up to 300 tonnes of debris is recovered from the river each year, with around 47% of that being food and drink packaging.

    The Litter Strategy builds on initiatives which have already targeted the Thames such as the PLA’s Cleaner Thames Campaign, fronted by the world-famous explorer Paul Rose; For Fish’s Sake run by the Hubbubb Foundation to encourage litter pick up and more use of bins; and the #OneLess campaign led by the Zoological Society of London which aims to make London single-use plastic water bottle free.

    Paul Hyman from stand up paddle board organisation, Active 360 said: “We’re taking people out on the Thames every day. They love the experience of being out on the water and closer to nature. And they’re all devastated at the state the river is in. We see everything from plastic bottles to fast food cartons, plastic beer cups to straws and plastic bags. Our “Paddle & Pick” blitzes on litter are proving really effective, with the recent event near our Kew Bridge base making a real difference.”


2018 June 20

13:13 ABB brings efficiency and sustainability through system integration to two new Indian ferries
12:39 Dredging works commenced at the port of Ust-Luga
12:01 ABP Southampton publishes Air Quality Strategy with package of commitments
11:20 Bunker prices are down up at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
11:01 Crowley adds 40 ISO tanks
10:45 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant completed the series of six boom-laying boats
10:31 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to design the tanks of a new LNG carrier
10:22 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:05 Euroports increases pulp & paper warehousing capacity in Tarragona, Spain
10:00 RF Government expands the list of publicly funded projects in seaports and on IWW of Russia
09:37 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,419 points

2018 June 19

18:06 100 million dollars to link the Nile with Suez Canal Region
17:03 DNV GL partners with the EU and Government of India to bring offshore wind to the Indian market
16:32 CMA CGM deploys its innovative solution for containers tracking, TRAXENS by CMA CGM
16:18 APM Terminals ‘Cool port’ barge service speeds up distribution from Rotterdam
16:02 Multraship acquires an ASD Tug from Med Marine for Terneuzen operations
15:32 Koper remains the most important port for Austria
15:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to Africa, Gulf and West Coast North of India
14:32 Port of Oakland import volume flat in May 2018
14:25 Europort Romania maintains its position as the premier Black Sea martime event
14:02 British Ports Association comments on new report on Northern ‘Free Ports’ strategy proposal
13:32 Port seeks to double rail volume with Railport Antwerpen
13:02 Rijkswaterstaat awarded Van Oord the contract to dredge Marker Wadden channel
12:32 MOL to make full-scale move into subsea support vessel business by acquiring stake in AKOFS of Norway
12:28 HELCOM Heads of Delegation approve Baltic Sea Action Plan update process and welcome new HELCOM Chair
12:02 Bunker prices continue growing at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:37 Damen and Saab announce partnership to participate on the tender for the Tamandaré Class Corvette
11:34 Saturnus, first vessel in the Evolution series, launched at AVIC
11:09 Marine Technics and Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau extend joint projects
10:45 Arctia appoints Senior Vice President for Offshore and Marine Services
10:23 Brent Crude futures price down 0.64% to $74.86, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.62% to $65.28
10:01 Small missile ships of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla sail from Sevastopol to Mediterranean Sea
09:40 Rescuers of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet train in rendering assistance to submarine in Kola Bay
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,442 points

2018 June 18

18:12 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company takes part in TransCaspian/Translogistica 2018
17:57 Legislative amendment promotes automatisation tests in maritime transport with regard to manning and watchkeeping
17:35 First major forum on the new Silk Road organised by the Port of Marseille Fos
17:05 Aker Solutions teams up with SAP for next steps in digitalizing its business
16:45 HMM signs Letter of Intent for its mega containership orders
16:24 Victor Olersky handed in his resignation notice
16:18 European Council extends sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol for another year
16:05 DryShips announces agreements to sell two older Panamaxes
15:40 Tuapse Commercial Seaport elected seven BoD members
15:33 Poland holds World Maritime Day Parallel Event
15:13 IMO member states must progress on key sulphur cap issues at critical meeting in July
14:59 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 17,923 in RF spot market
14:13 Navios Maritime Containers announces acquisition of five containerships and options to acquire four additional containerships
13:35 Maersk launches a new line to the Middle East from Fos
13:00 Aker Arctic demonstrates autonomous vessel in model tests
12:36 ABB to improve Edda Fides floating hotel safety with leading digital technology
11:47 Freeport of Riga Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign cooperation agreement
11:24 Port of Tallinn signs MoU with the City of Tallinn for development of the Old City Harbour area
11:01 Dorian LPG Board declines BW LPG'S unsolicited proposal
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.76% to $72.88, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.73% to $63.73
10:12 Capital Product Partners L.P. announces new period charters for four of its product tankers
10:03 Port of Silloth invests £250,000 in new solar farm on Marshall Dock
09:41 Fishers fatalities give impetus to fishing vessel safety work
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points

2018 June 17

18:40 Port of Oakland's largest terminal operator OK new lease to 2027