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Closed borders, closed minds

15 July 2020

The global summit hosted by the UK Government on 9 July 2020 on the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes was attended by just fifteen countries. Thirteen pledged to take action to help cut through bureaucratic red tape preventing crew changes, which is a step in the right direction.

Introduction to Biofouling

23 January 2018

Biofouling is the accumulation of various aquatic organisms (microorganisms, plants, algae and animals) on submerged objects like ships’ hulls and can lead to the introduction of invasive aquatic species (IAS) into local marine environments.

Shipping industry takes new step to protect marine environments

04 February 2021

Cleaning a ship’s submerged parts from barnacles and other growths, while the ship is in the water, can transfer invasive species to local marine environments unless it is properly cleaned and the debris is captured. To combat this problem, and to provide clarity and quality assurance to shipowners, ports and government authorities, BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have published the first industry standard on in-water cleaning of ships.