Ocean protection

Oceana Canada calls for major initiatives to mitigate global plastics disaster

OTTAWA – A just-released Oceana Canada REPORT affirms that the massive amount of plastic waste Canada is generating disproportionately contributes to the global plastic disaster that is choking our oceans and the animals that call them home. The report from the non-profit organization outlines how the Canadian government can help turn the tide on one of the …

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The wind carries a shipping revolution with Oceanbird (Forum)

 Innovative Swedish technology will make it possible to power the large ocean-going vessels by wind, reducing emissions by 90 percent. Oceanbird is a concept for a PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier) with capacity to carry 7,000 cars.  To revert climate change and find ways to transport goods in a sustainable way, the global shipping …

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IEA sees big future role for ammonia as shipping fuel

  The International Energy Agency has released a new long-term energy transition forecast, drilling down into individual industrial sectors, with ammonia touted to be a long-term winner in today’s battle for shipping fuel supremacy, reports Sam Chambers in his online Splash daily newsletter. The IEA’s new report, Energy Technology Perspectives 2020, suggests that in global …

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Mayflower Autonomous Ship to be launched next week

Powered by AI and the energy from the sun, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) will be able to spend vast periods of time at sea, collecting data about our oceans. Said to be safer, more flexible and cost-effective than today’s manned research vessels, the new-generation Mayflower promises to transform ocean science, enabling scientists to gather …

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Sustainable fuel is not science fiction (Forum)

Copenhagen, 20 August 2020 Nel, Everfuel and Haldor Topsøe join Ørsted, Mærsk, Copenhagen Airports, DSV Panalpina, SAS and DFDS to establish one of the world’s largest electrolyser and sustainable fuel production facilities – and apply for double-digit grant from Innovation Fund Denmark. Today, sustainable fuels are more expensive than fossil fuels. To compete with fossil …

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Canada underlines blue economy needs at OECD event in Paris

Canada’s Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Bernadette Jordan, today addressed the need for a more sustainable, blue economy at a special event staged in Paris by the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It marked the launch of a report entitled Sustainable Ocean for All – Harnessing the benefits …

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Greenpeace launch protest against Shell’s Brent oil field decommissioning plans (Forum)

Greenpeace activist Jennifer Ganster North Sea – Greenpeace activists from Germany have launched a protest in the North Sea to call out Shell’s plans to abandon an estimated 11,000 tonnes of oil in the sea.[1] The Greenpeace ship Esperanza approached the 500m exclusion zone of Shell’s platforms in the Brent oil field, off the Shetland …

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New IMO study highlights sharp rise in short-lived climate pollution from shipping

Photo: Earthjustice Washington, D.C. — The International Maritime Organization (IMO) released yesterday the final report of the Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study. Prepared by a global consortium of organizations led by CE Delft and including The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) researchers, the study finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime shipping …

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Nigeria getting serious about monitoring activities around maritime frontiers

De Haas DHM 1050 boats for Nigeria. Photo: Defense Web The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa) has taken delivery of patrol vessels and rigid-hulled inflatable boats as part of its Deep Blue maritime security project, and is gearing up to receive maritime surveillance jets, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and other equipment. In February …

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Ocean Startup Project launches Ocean Startup Challenge

Photo: Pierre Terrien With the world’s longest coastline, globally renowned research facilities and experts, government programs and supports, and a steady flow of talent, Canada is the right place to start or grow a successful ocean tech company. The Ocean Startup Project is looking for diverse entrepreneurs and innovators from rural, Indigenous and urban communities …

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