• 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.”


2019 June 16

17:13 DC area agencies to conduct mass rescue exercise off National Harbor
16:05 Boskalis appointed as salvor for both damaged tankers in the Gulf of Oman
15:53 Fincantieri and Naval Group sign a joint venture agreement
13:47 Diana Shipping Inc. announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel, the MV Thetis
12:47 WSC unveils its hybrid patrol vessel at Seawork 2019
11:41 GasLog Partners LP announces new multi-year charter agreement with Gunvor

2019 June 15

15:44 Wight Shipyard rolls out its new windfarm support vessel concept at Seawork Int'l 2019
13:17 Malta Freeport hosts its first LNG-powered container ship
12:53 Petrobras closes the sale of TAG
11:41 USCG, local partners respond to sailing vessel aground off Magic Island
08:43 Vessel training simulation underway at Tema Port’s new Terminal 3

2019 June 14

18:05 Ole Martin Grimsrud appointed CFO of Aker Solutions
17:44 USCG Cordova FOL crew saves man stranded for three days on Montague Island
17:05 Knud E. Hansen wins two separate contracts for innovative large RoRo vessels
16:41 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
16:26 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 90,300 tonnes of cargo in Jan-May’2019, down 38.7% Y-o-Y
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
15:14 “K” Line receives recognition for vessel speed reduction programs in the West Coast of North America
15:00 UK maritime industry leaders debate decarbonization, digital technologies and the future of safety at the annual ABS UK National Committee meeting
14:00 China Railway Container Transport signs strategic cooperation agreement with SITC International Holdings
13:38 Container throughput of Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port in 5M’2019 up 39% YoY to 89,649 TEUs
13:09 Algoma increases its interest in in the CSL International Pool
12:41 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 19.77 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’2019, up 8.5% Y-o-Y
12:09 Global Ship Lease announces new charter agreements
11:32 Bunker prices continue going down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
11:09 ECSA issues statement on suspected attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman
10:51 France signs up to fishing vessel training treaty
10:30 Zhatai Shipyard to let build up to 10 river ships and scrap at least two ships per year
10:07 Jan De Nul plans to reduce CO₂ emissions by 15% a year
09:49 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.64% to $61.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.36% to $52.47
09:30 MacGregor automated mooring solution specified for the world's first autonomous and zero-emission container ship, Yara Birkeland
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,062 points
09:07 GTT receives an order from HHI to design the tanks of two new LNG carriers
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 14
08:00 Long Beach cargo volumes down 16.6% to 573,623 TEUs in May 2019
07:01 Port of Los Angeles volumes up 7.8 percent to 828,662 TEUs in May 2019
06:58 MPA publishes second edition of guides on IMO 2020

2019 June 13

18:26 Maritime Technology Framework strengthens ties between DSME and DNV GL
18:05 J-ENG presents the latest technologies about MGO mono-fuel engine (UEC-LSJ), together with UEC42LSH and LP-EGR at 29th CIMAC World Congress
17:49 Port of Gdansk delegation takes part in IAPH conference, Guangzhou
17:28 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May’2019 fell by 18% Y-o-Y to 4.98 million tonnes
17:04 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-May’2019 fell by 39% Y-o-Y to 373,000 tonnes
16:45 MarineTraffic partners with exactEarth to deliver most comprehensive vessel tracking yet
16:23 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-May’2019 grew by 8% Y-o-Y to 24.43 million tonnes
16:04 MarineTraffic partners with satellite AIS data provider exactEarth
15:39 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 5M’19 fell by 10% Y-o-Y to 1.18 million tonnes
14:42 Viking Line announces additional departures on Helsinki-Tallinn routes during summer season
14:21 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-May'2019 climbed by 8% Y-o-Y to 8.06 million tonnes
14:03 Hunter Group chooses OSM for technical management of newbuild VLCC fleet
13:49 Palau is approved by IMO as STCW White List member state
13:48 Jotun signs agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for a new type of marine paint
13:32 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:14 J-ENG rolls out its latest engine technologies at 29th CIMAC World Congress
12:39 Port of Ust-Luga handled 45.24 million tonnes in 5M’19, up 9% Y-o-Y
12:04 Jumbo awarded transportation & installation contract for Yunlin WTG foundations offshore Taiwan
11:03 Damen Marine Components acquires WK Hydraulics
10:50 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-May'2019 climbed by 1% Y-o-Y to 25.01 million tonnes
10:36 Oshima Shipbuilding and DNV GL sign strategic cooperation
10:26 Damen Anchor & Chain Factory inks agreement with Fendercare at Seawork
10:11 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-May’19 fell by 6.5% to 6 million tonnes (table)