Plastic pollution on a beach. Credit: Getty Images

MEPC takes on ocean plastics

Increased public awareness of concentrations of marine debris floating in the northern Pacific Ocean, known as ‘garbage patches’, is among the drivers that have resulted in the IMO taking a harder look at marine plastic […]

VIDA has been generally supported by the maritime industry. Credit: Dietmar Hasenpusch

Future shipowner costs hinge on VIDA

Trading in the United States could get more complicated – and more costly – if legislation aimed at simplifying ballast-water compliance for shipowners also eliminates current vessel exemptions while adding new requirements and higher standards. […]