Imo Marine Environment Protection Committee News

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Roadmap to Help Cut GHG Finalized

Today, the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has agreed on a roadmap for how the shipping industry can contribute to the global efforts made to re-duce greenhouse gas emissions. The roadmap is an important step that enables the shipping industry to contribute con-structively to the first global dialogue on compliance with the Paris Agreement's long-term climate goals. The roadmap also means that the IMO is to develop a strategy for reducing ships' greenhouse gas emissions, including work to develop new global measures in both the long and the short term. A preliminary version of

Autonomous Boat Monitors Ocean Noise: Plymouth University Marine Institute scientists are working with AutoNaut and its nearly silent 5m wave-propelled USV, which tows a Seiche Ltd passive acoustic monitoring array, on a project studying how increasing levels of manmade noise in the sea is affecting marine life. (Photo: AutoNaut)

Silence Your Ships

Code applies to new construction and the guidelines address conditions on existing vessels.   In 2009, an IMO Correspondence Group, chaired by the United States, submitted an extensive report on noise from commercial shipping and its adverse impact on marine life. In 2014, the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) approved guidelines for the reduction of underwater noise from commercial shipping to address adverse impacts on marine life. These guidelines focus on the primary sources of underwater noise – those associated with propellers, hull form, onboard machinery and operational

Milestone for Enhanced Safety in Arctic Regions

;, says Deputy Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority Francis Zachariae. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee is expected to adopt the new regulations in the autumn of 2014. The environmental provisions in relation to navigation in polar areas will also be adopted by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in the autumn of 2014

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