• 2019 March 13 16:58

    Guidelines for monitoring and assessment of plastic litter and microplastics in the ocean published by GESAMP

    IMO says the Guidelines for the monitoring and assessment of plastic litter and microplastics in the ocean have been published by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a body that advises the United Nations system on the scientific aspects of marine environmental protection. The guidelines cover what to sample, how to sample it and how to record and assess plastics in the oceans and on the shoreline, including establishing baseline surveys. They include recommendations, advice and practical guidance, for establishing programmes to monitor and assess the distribution and abundance of plastic litter, also referred to as plastic debris, in the ocean.

    The guidelines include common definitions for categories of marine litter and plastics, examples of size and shape, how to design monitoring and assessment programmes, sampling and surveys. Sections cover citizen science programmes - which involve members of the public in marine litter surveying and research. There are detailed chapters on monitoring sea surface floating plastic and plastic on the seafloor.

    The full set of guidelines is available to download free-of-charge from the GESAMP website here.

    The guidelines can be used by national, inter-governmental and international organisations with responsibilities for managing the social, economic and ecological consequences of land- and sea-based human-activities on the marine environment.

    The guidelines are a response to the hitherto lack of an internationally agreed methodology to report on the distribution and abundance of marine plastic litter and microplastics and directly contribute to the UN SDG Goal 14 on the oceans. Specifically, the guidelines are a response to target 14.1: By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including plastic debris and nutrient pollution. 




2019 March 18

18:26 American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier loads Army aviation unit cargo in Thessaloniki
18:16 Wagenborg SPMTs to relocate giant MV-piling rig at the port of Rotterdam Maasvlakte
18:05 RF President launched Balaklavskaya and Tavricheskaya TPPs and Port substation in Taman
18:00 Indian Register of Shipping wins 5-year contract to provide Emergency Response Services for 33 vessels of The Shipping Corporation of India
17:36 Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers bulk carrier Divinegate for Indigo Marine Shipping
17:30 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for January 2019 increased by 3.3% to 12.063 million tonnes
17:05 Fincantieri starts works in Ancona on the new ship for Viking
16:38 RF Government allows LNG transportation along Northern Sea Route by certain foreign ships
16:32 Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft delivers sixth new building Ro-Ro for SIEM
16:27 Castor Maritime announces time charter contract for Panamax vessel with Oldendorff Carriers
16:13 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to West Africa, East Africa, South Africa, Arabian Gulf and West Coast North of India
15:52 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 19,421 in RF spot market
15:51 Two NYK tugboat subsidiaries to merge
15:33 Global Ports Holding and MSC Cruises announce agreement to support Antigua
15:20 Iceberg to develop design and engineering documentation for nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 10510, Leader
15:13 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
14:33 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada West Coast to worldwide destinations (Excluding Africa, EU, Russia and USA)
14:01 MSC adds vessel to its Lone Star service from Asia to USEC and Gulf of Mexico
13:46 Victor Gusev appointed General Director of Nakhodka Sea Fishing Port
13:27 Jumbo wins offshore subsea decommissioning project in North Sea
13:11 The largest fuel tanker to enter Port of Newcastle
12:55 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 17-18
12:31 Contship Italia S.p.A. has entered into negotiations with MSC for sale of MCT
12:10 Maersk Line announces FAK rates – Scope Far East Asia to Mediterranean
11:51 Russia, Finland satisfied by shipping and environmental cooperation in Baltic and Arctic regions
11:32 Navig8 Chemical Tankers enters into sale and leaseback agreements with ICBC for four 37,000 DWT product oil/chemical tankers
11:02 Incheon Port container volumes up 7.5% to 266,000 TEU in January 2019
10:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.18
10:15 SCF achieved adjusted profit of USD 6.9 million for 2018 vs USD 5.3 million loss for 2017
09:54 USA, EU and Canada impose sanctions on several Russian shipyards
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.21% to $67.02, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $58.61
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 730 points
08:07 Port of Oakland cargo volume down 1.3 percent in February 2019
07:26 Port of Long Beach container volumes down 9.8 percent in February 2019

2019 March 17

17:04 HII installed main mast of USS George Washington (CVN 73)
15:12 Anthony Veder expands its fleet with new 30 000 cbm LNG carrier
14:48 Ingalls Shipbuilding hosts keel-laying for America-class LHA 8
13:08 Bouchard takes delivery of ATB unit M/V Evening Breeze and Barge No 252
11:30 SCHOTTEL propulsion systems for IMR vessel “Paul Candies”

2019 March 16

16:48 Borr wins contract in Mexico for premium jack-up rig duo
15:39 Meyer Turku floats out LNG powered cruise ship Costa Smeralda
14:43 KfW IPEX-Bank: Two additional transport vessels for Royal Arctic Line A/S financed
13:51 Kirby closes the acquisition of the Cenac Marine Services marine transportation fleet
12:37 RINA: Investing in industry 4.0 for growth
11:32 DP World reports 20% revenue growth in 2018

2019 March 15

18:29 IMO strengthens coal moister control
18:04 NORDEN invests in West African region
17:08 Wärtsilä's installation of three energy storage systems onboard of offshore construction vessel to deliver fuel and emissions savings
16:44 Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachments supporting the World Food Programme
16:19 TNG secures time-charter employement for product tanker MT Velebit
16:05 Hapag-Lloyd starts new service connecting Turkey and US East Coast – TNE Service
15:46 Finnpilot invests in safety work and the digitalisation of navigation
15:24 Teekay Tankers announces changes to Board of Directors
15:05 CMA CGM updates ISPS (vessel) surcharge
14:40 Ice-class buoy tender of Project 02780М, named Fortuna, joins Rosmorport’s fleet
14:26 Wärtsilä successfully tests remote guidance service capabilities
14:05 New cruise ship for Royal Caribbean to leave Papenburg on Tuesday, March 19 2019
13:07 Port of Virginia volumes up to 228,151 TEUs in February 2019
12:35 14 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 14-15
12:07 Equinor receives the authorities’ approval for extending the life of eight installations on the Norwegian continental shelf