China’s Port of Tianjin has suspended dry bulk cargo operations until December 21, 2016, due to a red alert for high air pollution, Wilhelmsen Ships Service informs.
Europe should pile on the pressure on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to increase efforts and submit an initial shipping emissions reduction target to the stock-take process of the Paris Agreement in 2018, according to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO).
Looking at the programme of the Hydro16 Conference, that was held in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany, one of the keynote speakers was remarkable, namely the legal specialist Peter Ehlers, who talked about maritime governance. What have maritime law and the rather ‘practical’ discipline of hydrography in common related to this subject? Hydro International interviewed Peter Ehlers on this aspect and discovered that hydrography plays a prominent role.
Leaders recently adopted the African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development. The charter has been developed at a time when African states are rethinking the potential of the blue economy in their territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.
Scientists have discovered the presence of chemical pollutants in some of the ocean’s deepest trenches, previously thought to be nearly untouched by human influence. In fact, they’ve found levels of contamination in some marine organisms living there that rival some of the most polluted waterways on the planet.
Nigeria is looking to pass an anti-piracy law that will reduce the activities of pirates and other maritime offenders in the country, an official revealed.
The idea of starting a charity called Human Rights at Sea was born through a combination of past military maritime and conflict-related human rights experience, an unexpected realisation that there was a gap in the maritime market explicitly dealing with the issue, and a request from a former client in 2013 asking: "What is the landscape for human rights at sea?"