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Provisional agreement on the sulphur content of marine fuels

The Committee of Permanent Representatives endorsed on 23 of May 2012, the compromise proposal agreed between the Council and the European Parliament regarding the directive amending directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels Emissions from shipping due to the combustion of marine fuels with a high sulphur content contribute to air pollution in the form of sulphur dioxide and particulate matter, which harm human health and contribute to acidification.

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Dealing with oil spills in UK

Oil spills can be extremely damaging to sensitive marine environments. Where environmental resources, human health or property are at risk, a range of products and equipment are available to minimise the impact of the oil.

The turbulent nature of UK waters means it is rarely possible to recover the spilled oil. However, treatment products work with the wave action by mixing the product with the oil and encouraging it to disperse.

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Penalties for ship-source pollution now effective in Europe

Last year, (19 July 2010) we issued a post on our web site informing that the European Parliament issued the Directive 2009/123/EC and mandated each Member State to bring it into force by December 2010.

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Commission Urges Member States to Implement Sea Pollution Laws

The European Commission gave a series of Member States two months time to transpose EU rules laying down criminal penalties against sea pollution and other environmental offences.

Directive 2009/123/EC (amending Directive 2005/35/EC) on ship-source pollution is part of a set of EU rules to reinforce maritime safety and help prevent pollution from ships. It requires Member States to consider serious and illicit discharges of polluting substances from ships as a criminal offence. Eight states (Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia) have failed to comply with separate rules on pollution from ships. This Directive was due to be implemented by 16 November 2010. Read more »

ECM and PL Ferrari hold joint seminar on US Marpol / APPS enforcement

Herewith below the article published by the Italian Weekly Magazine Ship2Shore  about our seminar “Maritime Environmental Compliance & the US Perspective” organized with P&I Brokers PL Ferrari.

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