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In the shipping industry? Take action against marine pollution

Submitted by Dean on 22 March, 2021 - 17:01 with 0 comment

In the shipping industry? Take action against marine pollution

iven over 70% of our planet is made up of water, it’s hard to imagine that society has such a bearing on our oceans, seas and marine sources. Yet the health of our oceans is being impacted by pollution at a startling rate, altering the ocean’s chemistry, threatening wildlife and putting coastal dwelling communities at risk. Whilst there is a huge focus on reducing single-use plastics filtering from the land into the oceans, attention is also being placed on the maritime industry and how it can reduce its own ocean footprint.

A major contributor towards marine pollution is the waste and garbage generated aboard vessels when shipping goods. The correct handling of such waste is vital to ensure current laws and regulations are adhered to, subsequently ensuring the best for oceans in the future. These regulations are overseen by the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC), amongst other protective groups.

Shipping waste consists of packaging material, plastics, solvents and chemicals. The aim of the shipping industry is to reduce and recycle this waste, ensuring a safe work environment and pollution-free oceans.

To reduce waste and improve recycling aboard shipping vessels, consider the following:

Tips for reducing waste

  • Have a waste and garbage management system in place
  • Segregate waste such as plastics, chemicals and dunnage
  • Implement a strict ‘no-dumping’ policy.
  • Use compactors to reduce volumes of waste
  • Adhere to MARPOL regulations
  • Install emulsion breaking filters on the separators

Tips for recycling

  • Implement a waste recycling plan
  • Reuse paper and think about how you can make use of apparent waste such as oils and rags
  • Use recycle bins
  • Donate items that could be useful elsewhere
  • Try to use marine bio-degradable products where possible – ie. Garbage bags

It’s useful to have set procedures in place, for advice on best practices it may be useful to consult regulators such as the MEPC. Try to engage your staff in the initiative to reduce marine pollution, train them on all programmes with interactive sessions and motivate them to uphold these practices.

If you want to talk about how implementing any new procedures/equipment could affect your insurance or are looking to arrange a new policy, contact Watkin Davies on 02920 626 226

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