MARPOL – reduce pollution & increase wildlife.

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MARPOL – reduce pollution & increase wildlife.

Currently, there are about 60 000 container carriers circumnavigating the globe. They all run on bunker oil.

One of these carriers produces the same amount of emissions; sulpher and other particles equivalent to 50 million cars. 20 vessels produce the same amount of emissions as all cars combined on the face of the Earth.

Is the above statement really possible?

What is bunker oil/fuel?

The noise produced from the engines underneath the surface prevents whales from successfully navigating, causing cetacean stranding.

There are more hazards, then oil spill and lost cargo content, to sea wildlife around the globe. Vessels carry seawater in order to balance weight. As it is collected and replaced in different parts of the world it also contains hostile organisms when moved to another habitat.

There is a severe risk that it may cause death to the indigenous sea population.

Average length: 400 m / 12 – 14000 TEU

Based on the most recent survey results, WSC estimates that for the combined nine-year period from 2008 to 2016, on average, there were 568 containers lost at sea each year, not counting catastrophic events, and  1,582 containers lost at sea each year including catastrophic events. On average, 64% of containers lost during this period were attributed to a catastrophic event.

Although the number of containers lost at sea represents a very small fraction of the number of containers carried on ships each year, the industry continuously strives to reduce those losses. 

The latest report shows that the average number of containers estimated to be lost each year is down from the estimates reported in 2014. This is an encouraging sign. The report also identifies initiatives the industry is actively supporting to increase container safety and reduce losses further,” said John Butler, WSC President, and CEO.

In 2016, the international liner shipping industry transported approximately 130 million containers packed with cargo, with an estimated value of more than $4 trillion.

Proper packing, stowage and securing of containers and reporting of correct weight is very important to the safety of a container ship, its crew, and its cargo, to shore-based workers and equipment, and to the environment.

However, even with proper packing of the cargo into the container, correct container weight declaration, and proper stowage and securing aboard ship, a number of factors ranging from severe weather and rough seas to more catastrophic and rare events like ship groundings, structural failures, and collisions can result in containers being lost at sea.
In the past, obtaining an accurate assessment of how many containers actually are lost at sea was a highly speculative process.

For many years, there were widely circulated, but unsupported and grossly inaccurate claims that the industry might lose as many as 10,000 containers a year at sea. Ocean carriers operating the containerships, which the World Shipping Council (WSC) represents, remain the best sources for accurate information on this subject.

Therefore, in an effort to provide greater clarity and a more accurate assessment of the number of containers lost at sea on an annual basis, WSC undertook the first survey of its member companies in 2011, with updates in 2014 and 2017.

Shipping is encreasing and more actions are needed to reduce misbehavior and crimes committed against personnel and the environment.

Too many regulations and laws are neglected and disregarded in the pursuit of cheaper freights and maintenance.

All straining the environment around our globe and in disregard of legal working conditions.

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