Ban on heavy fuel oil transportation from Arctic waters is on the agenda of the world’s shipping experts.
It’s all about fish and ships – what Dave Walsh has been getting up to in 2017-2018 – ending overfishing, cleaning up Arctic shipping and communications.
Here’s an article that I co-authored with my colleague, Dr Sian Prior, on why heavy fuel oil needs to be banned from Arctic shipping, and how this can be achieved. It’s published in the esteemed Environment magazine
With the northern hemisphere winter and next month’s MEPC73 approaching which companies will become flagships for a HFO Free Arctic?
About a month ago, Deutsche Welle journalist Irene Quaile AKA Iceblogger wrote, in a piece titled Some Arctic good news – not #fakenews!
“With the environment and climate under constant fire from the actions of President Trump, it is great to end the week with a little piece of good news”.
Until the end of the month, the officials from 24 countries – plus the EU – will consider a range of issues, the most notorious of which is the long-delayed establishment of marine reserves in the Ross Sea and in the waters of East Antarctica. I can’t tell you what’s happening at the meeting so far, as CCAMLR meets behind closed doors.
For all the travelling I’ve done, it’s always good to come home. I am writing these words 50m away from the River Slaney, in the south east of Ireland, with a a copy of Crossabeg: The Parish and its People (Vol 2) waiting for me. And I’m honoured to be featured in the book. When my neighbour here, Alice Devine, one of the team who put the book together asked me to write something about my travels, I thought the best way was to show how my upbringing in Crossabeg provided the foundation for everything that followed – including my trips to the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Last week, the Greenpeace team on board the Esperanza told the story of the Chinese zombie ships of West Africa- this week we went back, and interviewed the men on board.
We’re in the big African Queen inflatable, cruising alongside an anchored trawler. It’s more rust than metal – the ship is rotting away. The foredeck is covered in broken machinery. The fish deck is littered with frayed cables, and the mast lies horizontally, hanging over the starboard side. A large rusty Chinese character hangs on railings above the bridge, facing forward. It reads ‘happiness’.