• 2021 June 19 13:49

    Bimco launches initiatives to address shipping’s plastic footprint

    In his address to the UN General Assembly earlier this month, Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, drew attention to the 150 million metric tons of accumulating plastic waste, microplastics and discarded fishing gear that has been dumped into the sea. Thomson stated that “such is the extent of our dependency on plastic, that we find no silver bullet for the plague of marine plastic pollution.”

    This statement was made against a background of ever- increasing plastic waste due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the delay or withdrawal of a number of national initiatives to limit single-use plastics and whilst most of the plastics in the ocean comes from land-based sources there is still a role for shipping to play to reduce its footprint.

    As the eyes of the world look to Sri Lanka and the potential impact of an estimated 3000 billion plastic nurdles released from the MV X-Press Pearl, the IMO still needs to address how it will move forward, both in understanding the contribution of shipping to the marine plastic problem and what solutions might be adopted. The 76th meeting of its Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 76) held 10-17 June has found the Committee focussing on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships. As such, member states and international observer organisations will now wait to consider a report from the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) working group on Sea-based Sources of Marine Litter which looks at the contribution of shipping until later in 2021.

    The report highlights that commercial shipping makes only a small contribution to the total marine plastic content of the ocean compared to other sources, with recent studies suggesting that 80% of global annual plastic emissions to the sea are from 1000 rivers. Nonetheless, while river-borne plastics are undoubtedly a major source of marine litter pollution, other sources should not be ignored and the GESAMP report (available at Sea-based sources of marine litter-A review of current knowledge and assessment of data gaps. Second Interim Report of GESAMP Working Group highlights that:

    • The stranding of items from merchant shipping is increasing.
    • Remote areas or areas around shipping lanes may be more affected by debris from shipping – and marine protected areas (MPAs) may be particularly at risk. This is highlighted by the presentation of a study that showed 55%–88% of stranded litter in six MPAs studied in the Mediterranean Sea could be traced to shipping.
    • There is significant uncertainty regarding the loss of containers and the contribution to marine plastic pollution.
    • Microplastics are also generated from grey water management and discharge systems and from other operational or accidental releases (such as resin pellet spills.)

    BIMCO has therefore taken initiatives to highlight that plastic pollution remains a significant threat to the marine environment. In light of delays in international action and discussion, BIMCO is looking at a number of initiatives to approach how shipping can reduce its plastics footprint. These initiatives include:

    • BIMCO will support the phasing out of single use plastic bottles when replaced by eg fully biodegradable water bottles or onboard systems that provide safe and good quality potable water, and will be launching a campaign towards the end of this year to enable this.
    • BIMCO will be running a series of activities to look at shipping and microplastics, beginning with a roundtable at London International Shipping Week that will explore grey water as a source of microplastics, and will look into the role of regulation plus examine what action owners, operators, managers and seafarers could take to reduce any impact.



2021 August 3

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17:59 Lead passenger ship Meteor 120R of new generation launched in the Nizhny Novgorod Region
17:25 A subsidiary of KCC has signed a new Contract of Affreightment for its CLEANBU fleet with a major international charterer in the tanker market
16:47 Petersburg Oil Terminal obtains permit for construction of its new handling facility
16:24 Nigerian Chamber of Shipping becomes full ICS member
15:22 Vard delivers “Le Commandant Charcot” to Ponant
15:00 Bunker sales at Vladivostok port in 7M’2021 fell by 30% YoY
14:41 Construction of new facilities to commence at Onezhsky Shipyard in autumn 2021 года
14:23 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo bound for East Russia
13:42 The Panama Canal resumes seasonal measures to protect migrating marine life
13:12 CMA CGM announces THC for Novorossiysk, Russia import/export
12:57 ABP’s Ports of Ipswich and Ayr enable wheat cargo to be shipped more sustainably
12:22 Wärtsilä to provide efficient service support for Brazilian river tugs despite challenging operating conditions
11:59 MOL to build series of 4 LNG-fueled car carriers
11:58 FESCO starts seasonal delivery of cargo from ports of China and the United States to Chukotka
11:36 Finnlines announces adjustment of bunker surcharge in its own container traffic
10:54 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard casts third one-piece propeller for Project MR-50 product tankers
10:30 Tallink Grupp published its statistics for July 2021
10:09 Maersk raises full-year guidance
09:57 Oil prices decrease amid coronavirus related restrictions
09:41 Baltic Dry Index as of August 2
09:23 Yaroslavsky Shipyard launches non-self-propelled dredging ship of Project RDB 66.42М
09:08 Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications gives the green light to Iridium services
08:58 MABUX: Global bunker prices may drop on Aug 03 following sharp decline on crude market yesterday
08:09 The largest water-rail intermodal terminal of the Yangtze River starts operations

2021 August 2

19:09 Seven dredging ships deployed for operation on Sea Canal in the Gulf of Ob
18:35 LR unveils key appointment for its Maritime Performance Services business
17:54 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from the Middle East Gulf to North Europe, Scandinavia, Poland, Baltic, West Med & Adriatic, East Med, Black Sea, North Africa & Morocco
17:46 LUKOIL announces new oil finding in Sayulita prospecting area of Block 10 offshore Mexico
17:30 CMA CGM has announced PSS for cargo from India to North Europe & the Mediterranean
17:28 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from North Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Poland & North Spain to Colombia Atlantic & Dominican Republic
17:27 Large hydrographic survey vessel of Project 23370G, Grigory Shadrin, launched in Murmansk
17:23 CMA CGM to launch a new Express Shuttle service linking East Asia to Russian Far East
17:05 Sri Lanka Ports Authority successfully reworks leaked chemical container on board
16:54 Rhenus Group plans to acquire the Polish freight forwarding and logistics company C. Hartwig
16:30 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg enhanced its environmental safety
16:03 Maersk’s digital logistics platform Twill increases its presence in Gdansk
15:38 Maersk launches new system notification for containers at BCT Gdynia port
15:14 FESCO dispatches its first full-length train with Korean cargo as part of the new Asia-Europe service
14:49 Diana Shipping announces signing of a supplemental agreement with Nordea Bank
14:38 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product rose to RUB 25,045 pmt
13:59 Tallink Grupp to increase share capital and to conduct public offering of new shares
13:13 Seventh ship of Project RSD59, Valentin Smyslov, put into operation
12:30 Russian Railways' network loading climbed by 4.5% in 7M’2021
12:05 Tuapse Sea Commercial Port increased its half-year throughput by 11.8%
10:52 Baltic Workboats delivers Patrol 22 WP model to Belgian Police
10:26 Aker Arctic representative to report on development of icebreakers effectivity at IAA PortNews’ conference on NEVA Exhibition zero day
10:04 Austal Australia delivers 12th Guardian Class Patrol Boat
09:58 Operations poised to begin at “Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Maritime Systems”
09:31 Oil prices decrease amid coronavirus concerns
09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of July 30
08:49 MABUX: Global bunker prices may rise slightly on Aug 02

2021 August 1

14:43 Siem Offshore secures contract from Seaway 7
13:22 NYK issues first transition bonds in Japan
12:37 Minerva Bunkering Partners with rise-x.io adding end to end workflow to the Advanced Delivery Platform (ADP)
11:04 Silversea Cruises officially names newest ship, Silver Moon, in Athens

2021 July 31

13:08 Ammpower Corp signs MOU to provide green ammonia energy solutions to Porto Central in Brazil
11:47 Tiel-Waardenburg dyke reinforcement awarded to Van Oord, Dura Vermeer and Ploegam
11:12 Holland America Line takes delivery of new cruise ship at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard
10:56 IMI and CSM sign agreement for cooperation in various business areas