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    OCEAN LITERACY HAS TO BE HIGHER UP THE AGENDA

    2022-01-03T10:59:00Z

    ‘Thinking Ocean’ is not receiving the prominence it deserves – there is a strong case for business stepping up, especially marine businesses

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    THE HYDROGEN BUBBLE IS BULGING

    2021-12-01T09:05:00Z

    UK ports are embracing the party the UK Government has thrown with its Hydrogen Strategy. The goal is to create a world leading hydrogen economy, unlocking £4bn by 2030 through 5GW capacity of production and the promise of jobs galore.

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    SMARTER SCIENCE-BASED EMISSION TARGETS

    2021-07-20T19:54:29Z

    COMMENT: With the G7 having finished building sandcastles in Cornwall, UK and the world jetting into Glasgow for COP26 on the November horizon, the media is awash with talk of climate change and the incredible challenge ahead, writes Charles Haine.

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    A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

    2021-03-30T21:57:00Z

    COMMENT: The environmental media has been awash with news that shipping giant Maersk is aiming to launch its first ‘carbon neutral’ cargo liner vessel, writes Charles Haine.

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    CLIMATE CHANGE: NEW PLANS AND RULES

    2020-12-21T09:00:00Z

    COMMENT: On the day the UK Government formally announced a ten-point Climate Action Plan, the mainstream TV news headliner was the investigation into a royal TV interview that took place 25 years ago, followed by consternation about how families may not be able to meet-up at Christmas during a pandemic, ...

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    CARBON OFFSETTING GAINING A HIGHER STATUS

    2020-10-14T14:02:00Z

    COMMENT: It was once said of carbon off setting that it is a tool used by rich societies to carry on polluting without the guilt, writes Charles Haine.

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    NAUTICAL TERMS & COVID-19

    2020-09-20T19:01:00Z

    COMMENT: One of the positive outcomes of COVID-19 is the entertainment we can derive from new terminology that has arisen during these five months. The lexicographer Susie Dent collectively termed these the ‘coronalexicon’, writes Charles Haine.

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    RESILIENCE & RECOVERY

    2020-07-22T17:06:00Z

    COMMENT: Maritime facilities have taken essential action and quickly applied their know-how in the face of COVID-19 impacts faster than other sectors, writes Charles Haine.

  • Blue economy
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    COVID-19 AND THE BLUE ECONOMY

    2020-04-27T10:00:00Z

    COMMENT: No one saw this coming, writes Charles Haine. Apart from the UK Government’s own National Risk Register of 2017, which placed an influenza pandemic equal fourth, alongside severe weather (but much higher impact), as one of the highest likelihood risks facing society before 2022.

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    Key trends going into 2020

    2020-02-26T16:01:00Z

    COMMENT: Never is there a better time than the turn of the year to do a Crtl+Alt+Del, writes Charles Haine.

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    Impacts from open loop scrubbers

    2019-12-12T15:46:00Z

    COMMENT: Having heard rumours about open loop scrubbers adversely affecting sediment in British harbours this year, it came as little surprise when the media announced a story in late October, writes Charles Haine.

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    The real culprit in Miami

    2019-11-18T16:27:00Z

    COMMENT: Attention-grabbing media coverage, which accused the Port of Miami’s dredging project of causing mass coral death, may not be entirely accurate after all, writes Stevie Knight.

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    The cleaning of inland shipping

    2019-10-23T15:04:00Z

    COMMENT: The first London conference dedicated to accelerating the uptake of disruptive and lower emissions’ propulsion technologies for inland shipping has been held at The Crystal by the Port of London Authority, writes Charles Haine.

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    IMO 2020 - who is going to pay

    2019-09-20T15:39:00Z

    Much has been written about January 1st, 2020 and the introduction of IMO 2020, writes Dean Davison.

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    New era of financing in the maritime sector

    2019-08-29T15:20:00Z

    COMMENT: While the media steers us towards the soap opera of turmoil in governing and geopolitics, in the UK at least, some positive initiatives are flowing into the marine space, writes Charles Haine

  • Protesters have pushed the climate debate forward. Credit: David Holt, CC BY 2.0
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    Barrelling down to net-zero

    2019-06-03T10:11:00Z

    COMMENT: The force is strong at the moment. The push for immediate action on climate risks from David Attenborough, the BBC, youth protests and Greta Thunberg (calling out politicians for procrastination) is gaining traction, writes Charles Haine

  • Energy audits can help ports cut costs and emissions. Credit: National Renewable Energy Lab, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    Get set for energy savings

    2019-05-02T11:44:00Z

    COMMENT: The surge in awareness towards accelerated action on climate change and governments and companies seeking transition to carbon neutrality both require tackling the challenge of rising energy costs, writes Charles Haine

  • Some ports are already investigating hydrogen-powered equipment. Credit - TruckPR, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    Glimpse of a hydrogen future

    2019-03-18T11:42:00Z

    COMMENT: The transition away from fossil fuels in the ports and maritime sector poses conundrums, opportunities and — at the moment — many challenges, and the huge costs involved are causing headaches, writes Charles Haine.

  • It's not clear where emissions from ships fit into a port's clean air strategy
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    Setting useful air strategies takes time

    2019-03-03T19:35:00Z

    COMMENT: The UK didn’t waste any time in releasing its Clean Air Strategy in 2019: it was published on January 14, writes Charles Haine.

  • Portugal has announced carbon neutrality by 2050 and has 25 specific objectives for transport. Credit: 123rf
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    Reality check on climate timeline

    2019-01-31T09:41:00Z

    COMMENT: Last year, we saw so many stories about the lost opportunities for real leadership in politics, energy and climate change, that many will have missed the flurry of activity in extra time, writes Charles Haine.