• 2018 September 15 07:16

    IWC denies Japan’s proposal to resume commercial whaling

    The 67th International Whaling Commission meeting (IWC) just finished in Brazil. This year, the biannual meeting promised to be heated as two opposing proposals for the future of the IWC were brought to the table, Sea Shepherd said in its press release.

    Host country Brazil, together with Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru proposed the ‘Florianopolis Declaration’, a direct opposition to Japan’s ‘Way Forward’ proposal.

    The Florianopolis Declaration consists of changing the role of the IWC from an organization focused on cetacean management of stocks to a cetacean conservation regulation body. It reaffirms the moratorium on commercial whaling and it agrees that the use of lethal research methods is unnecessary.

    In contrast, Japan’s Way Forward saw that the moratorium on commercial whaling was already due to end. The proposal advocated for the return of commercial whaling. The moratorium on whaling was established by this same commission in 1986. Despite this, more than 32,000 whales have been killed since then by Japan, Iceland, Norway and Russia (Russia only continued killing whales after the moratorium in 86 and 87).

    Japan, Norway and Iceland have never abided by the commission’s restrictions. Iceland was sitting in the plenary in Brazil making their point that commercial whaling should return as a sustainable practice. At the same time, Iceland is currently engaged in the commercial killing of endangered fin whales, including some that are pregnant. Danish Faroe Islands also continued its dolphin and pilot whale hunt as the convention went on and had a representative at the commission.

    The Florianopolis Declaration was adopted by majority vote and the Japanese proposal for the return of commercial whaling lost, with 41 votes against 27. Four countries abstained from voting.

    Previously, Japan, Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands (Denmark) have shown no respect for any rules or regulations from this or any other regulating body. It is questionable whether they will respect this year’s resolution.

    During Japan’s speech after the defeat of their proposal, they threatened to leave the IWC, or to form a separate body that would cater to the countries that want the return of commercial whaling.

    Sea Shepherd’s founder Captain Paul Watson, who has spent many years opposing Japan’s “scientific research” programs, stated this morning, “Following yesterday’s most welcome Florianopolis Declaration, this defeat of the Japanese Proposal has made the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission an awesome historical event for the world’s whales.”

    “The Florianopolis Declaration states that the purpose of the IWC is the conservation of whales and that the commercial killing of whales is to no longer be up for further discussion,” Captain Watson concluded.




2018 September 19

18:10 Significant reserve growth confirmed at the Utrenneye field
17:53 Green Corridor JIP delivers innovative bulk carrier designs for a low emissions future
17:35 Rolls-Royce launches new range of powerful medium speed V-Engines
17:05 Sembcorp Marine, ABS and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing team up to develop new gas technologies in offshore, marine and energy sectors
16:35 Valenciaport presents its cruise offer in Lisbon under the slogan “Valencia dresses in green”
16:16 Vladimir Panchenko dredger built for Lena Basin is put into operation
16:04 MOL launches new large-scale ferry Sunflower Kirishima
15:47 Freeport of Riga Authority begins active cooperation with its Chinese partners
15:23 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority joins leading port authorities in climate action program
15:04 DFDS to invest DKK 300m to install scrubbers on 12 freight ferries deployed on freight routes in the Mediterranean
14:50 Maersk to combine Damco’s Supply Chain Services and Maersk Line’s Ocean Product on January 1st, 2019
14:22 NOVATEK and Fluxys apply for establishment of a joint venture in Rostock, Germany
14:08 Stevedoring unions announce a strike in the ports of Leixoes and Lisbon
13:08 Noble Group completes the sale of the Panacore vessels
12:47 Bunker prices are going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:29 Nevsky Shipyard took part in II International Fishery Forum and Expo 2018
12:07 ABS holds seminar series exploring gas as marine fuel
11:50 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company has it towing and supply vessel Nercha overhauled at Bibiheybat shipyard
11:25 Klaipeda Seaport takes part in exhibition and conference in Kazakhstan
11:07 San Pedro Bay Ports ready cleaner truck rules for Oct. 1 2018
10:46 Record number of ships registered at Freeport of Riga in August
10:28 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 4.3% to 13.15 million TEUs in Jan-Aug’18
10:07 Austal awarded littoral combat ships 32 & 34
09:43 Brent Crude futures price down 0.06% to $78.98, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $69.57
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,356 points
09:05 Port of Oakland to add electric trucks thanks to state grant
08:07 GTT signs a Technical Assistance and License agreement with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard
07:40 DNV GL awards AiP to Jiangnan Shipyard for 93K cbm very large ethane carrier design “PANDA E”

2018 September 18

18:09 Cruise ships called Saaremaa Harbour nine times during the summer season
17:52 Arctic units of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet hold amphibious assault training at Chukotka coast
17:27 Annual Advanced Course on Port Operations and Management held in France on 10-12 September
17:04 Maersk Line announces rates from Europe & Mediterranean to West Africa
16:50 Marinet Conference gathered more than 500 on-site and virtual participants
16:21 Drilling rig supply ship of Project 22420, Ostap Sheremet, left Amursky Shipyard for outfitting and testing
16:04 Maersk Line announces new Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF)
15:34 NYK participates in Japan Climate Initiative
15:04 6 MOL-operated/managed vessels earn commendations from Japan Coast Guard Regional Headquarters
14:30 Yang Ming launches new container vessel 'YM Wellbeing'
14:16 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.1% to 6.15 billion tonnes in 8M’18
14:03 PORT OF KIEL restructures Ostuferhafen access area
13:52 RS gains ISO 9001:2015 Certificate
13:28 Kolmar to export up to 40 million tonnes of coal per year via a terminal under construction in the Muchke Bay
13:04 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 8M’18 grew by 6% Y-o-Y to 9.6 million tonnes
12:40 Okskaya Sudoverf takes part in Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo 2018
12:17 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) declined by 1% to 372.85 million tonnes in 8M’18
11:55 Fuel oil prices show no significant changes in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:31 Throughput of port Vyborg in 8M’18 up 23% Y-o-Y to 1.15 million tonnes
11:09 Diana Shipping aqnnounces time charter contract for m/v Artemis with Ausca
10:48 Throughput of port Primorsk in 8M’18 fell by 11% Y-o-Y to 35.79 million tonnes
10:30 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 8M’18 declined by 3% Y-o-Y to 12.07 million tonnes
10:09 Georgia Ports Authority approves $92M rail expansion
09:52 Brent Crude futures price down 0.55% to $77.62, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.44% to $68.39
09:43 ABS Global Gas Team awarded classification contract for Singapore's first LNG bunker barge
09:33 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers Pola Feodosia, fourth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,357 points
08:17 GTT and Keppel Offshore & Marine sign a license agreement for the construction of membrane tank solutions
07:36 Bureau Veritas issues approval for GTT’s new NO96 Flex cargo containment system

2018 September 17

18:04 Maersk Line announces rates from Indian Subcontinent and Middle East to Mediterranean
17:50 ICS launches free guidance on preparing for 2020 sulphur cap
17:23 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 8M’18 declined by 5% Y-o-Y to 64.49 million tonnes