Ship Owners Preparing for the Future

August 31, 2012

Ship owners who are thinking about building ships for the future need to consider a bunch of operational issues.  Exhaust emissions, marine invasive species (ballast water, hull coating), marine wildlife and vessel interactions (noise, ship mammal strikes), waste discharges and oil pollution.  If trading global, you need to be aware of the different marine legislation – both current and future - especially in North America, Europe and polar regions. For example, The European Union Directive on “Ship Source Pollution” [EU/2005/35] claimed “that member states shall take the necessary measures to achieve or maintain good environmental status in the marine environment by the year 2020 at the latest while the OSPAR Commission called to “move towards the target of cessation of discharges, emissions and losses of hazardous substances by the year 2020.  Concerns relating to the prevention and reduction of pollution from ships are continuing to grow within the European Union, the international maritime community and among the general public, and they will likely continue to do so in the future.  It’s a tough job, but it looks as though the time to start thinking about being future compliant is now.

Craig Carter, Canada

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