BEING DESIROUS of promoting safety of life at sea by establishing in a common agreement uniform principles and rules directed thereto. administration of measures for safety of life at sea for circulation to the Contracting Governments for the information of their officers;. (b) the text of laws, decrees. may not proceed to sea with safety, until such time as any such vessel shall be Socialist Soviet Republics; being desirous of promoting safety of life at sea by.
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1 The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), , currently in force, was adopted on 1 November by the. With the entry into force, on 1 July , of the amendments to the. International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), , which introduced. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international maritime . Use of metric units in the SI system in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, , and other future instruments" (PDF ).
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Ordinamenta et consuetudo maris Amalfian Laws Hanseatic League. Although ships coming from countries that have signed international treaties against the pollution of the oceans such as the MARPOL are obliged to obey to its rules; cruise ships seem to be finding ways to pollute without getting into major trouble.
A solution for this could be not permitting cruise ships to dump any pollution in the sea and to return with waste to the harbor of the country under which flag the ship cruises. The ships should be made responsible for their adverse effects on the environment and bear the costs. Another problem with cruise ships is that they are not always following maritime safety regulations; such as the ones spelled out in the SOLAS.
Companies that cause accidents that adversely affect the life of the passengers as well as the marine environment should be held accountable. A second form of waste dumping is the disposal of hazardous waste in oceans surrounding developing countries originating primarily from ships sent to developing countries for decommissioning.
Over the past two decades regulations have tightened in the western world on how to dispose of toxic waste and it has become harder and more expensive for companies to eliminate their waste in their home countries. Instead of searching for more environmentally friendly and safer ways to deal with toxic wastes, 6 some companies found it more economical the most evident but not only reason to dispose waste in countries where disposal regulations are less strict and were governments are eager to make money out of accepting to deal with the toxic waste UNECA, Subsequently Transfigura appointed a contractor in Ivory Coast to handle the discharged slops.
Although the company believed that it made no mistake by choosing the contractor in the Ivory Coast, since the Ivory Coast had signed the MARPOL regulations, the slops were mishandled resulting in the death of a dozen of people and injuring many more. In addition to the effect it had on the victims, it had a major detrimental effect on the local and marine environment by intoxicating the waters. SOLAS dedicates one chapter VII to the rules surrounding the carriage of dangerous goods, because of the special hazards they pose to ships, persons on board and the marine environment.
Despite the many signatories of both conventions; and the establishment of other conventions such as the Basel Convention Basil. Mainly because the costs of disposing waste in developing countries is continuously rising and because countries can define what is meant by hazardous waste individually INECE, With similar malpractices as the Probo Koala case continuing, the disposal of hazardous waste by ships in developing countries remains a real threat for the environment as well as for the local population.
Improved enforcement of maritime safety regulations are required to prevent incidents like the Probo Koala from reoccurrence. The incident shows that signing interventions such as the MARPOL is not necessarily enough to prevent waste dump from happening. Responsible stakeholders should be appointed, while at the same time it seems clear that countries sometimes see the economic benefits of allowing companies to dispose waste in their nation to be bigger than the costs borne by the local communities and the environment.
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As shown in table 1, although global trade in oil has increased, accidents from tankers have tremendously reduced over the past twenty years. In her 7 study, Keisha mentioned that oil spills across the globe were on average 6 times higher in the s. Despite the reduction in oil spills they should still be regarded as one of the most serious threats to the marine environment.
Oil spills have such a detrimental effect on the marine environment since the consequences are both short term e. Maritime safety regulations such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea have been put in place to prevent oil leakages and to reduce accidents from happening. The first chapter of SOLAS deals with the construction, subdivision, stability and machinery and electrical installations.
These regulations have helped in improving maritime safety and accidents from happening; however due to the increasing size of vessels contemporary leakages and accidents have far more detrimental effects.
When comparing the frequency of oils spills from tankers in the s with those of our present decade, it is important to consider the continuous increase in capacity and size of ships and tankers.
The increase of larger ships carrying much larger volumes of oil makes oil spills from these vessels potentially far more hazardous. Oil spills that occur near to coastlines often require the impacted country to invest financially to quickly try and mitigate the spill.
Loss of jobs and the reduction in tourism and recreational activities are among many others the consequences of these accidents. Typically the shipping and transportation industry of the impacted country will suffer from the pollution incident, since these waters will have to be avoided, forcing many ships to use different routes or to birth at different ports, thus increasing the inland transportation and storage costs.
It entails changes in weather patterns such as a rise in global temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, rising sea levels and melting of ice. Some of the changes in climate are naturally induced, but others are linked to human activity and are in many cases seen to be irreversible. The main way in which the maritime sector affects the global climate is by releasing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
The primary emissions from ships are exhaust gases, with carbon dioxide being the most important greenhouse gas IMO, Despite the relatively low contribution to global CO2 emissions from ships according to an IMO report of international and domestic ships only contribute to 3.
The expected growth in world trade predicts that the amount of emissions coming from ships will be multiplied by two or three by IMO, On current predictions climate change impacts have the potential to lead to irreversible changes in oceanic temperatures causing the extinction of many aquatic species.
An example of this is cold ironing, a technique where ships shut down their own power plants while at dock, and shift to shore side electricity. Other solutions for companies are increasing the number of operating vessels on routes to ensure that the vessels can go at lower speed producing lower emissions.
Furthermore; ships can strive to reduce fuel consumption to cut emissions. All these solutions are environmentally friendly, but come at an economic cost for the vessel owners.
As long as the solutions are not made economically friendlier for example by subsidizing onshore electricity the solutions might not be taken over by the majority of stakeholders Bowman, In the first section the pressures posed by the maritime sector on the marine environment were discussed. This section intends to investigate why these pressures are still so prevalent, when global governance structures have designed various conventions to protect the marine environment from the negative effects of shipping.
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This section will argue that the implementation of the discussed SOLAS and MARPOL regulations as established by the International Maritime Organization is not strictly enough executed causing risks for the environment, human health and the maritime transport sector. It also specifies standard for the carriage of cargo, carriage of dangerous goods, standard for nuclear ships, ISM, safety measures for high speed craft and other special measures to enhance maritime safety SOLAS, Full implementation of these standards ensures improvements in the general safety of a ship, its passengers and its carriage.
Simultaneously, when the safety of the ship is improved it is less likely to have an accident and pose a risk to the marine environment. IMO states that to prevent pollution safety is key and that governments and industries should focus more on reducing the number of accidents at sea that stem from human error. It was initialized in and modified by the Protocol of All countries that have signed the convention are subject to its requirements and are responsible for their ships no matter where they sail.
The convention consists of six annexes for preventing and minimizing the stresses from ships on the marine environment. Seeing that the majority of global tonnage is covered; it remains remarkable why the marine environment is still feeling so many pressures from the maritime sector.
When putting both conventions together; it seems that IMO developed a promising and global way to prevent and minimize marine pollution from happening.
However; adopting conventions has shown not to be sufficient to protecting the environment, since most boils down to the actual implementation of them, which brings down the responsibility to the signatory states and stakeholders such as shipping companies, sea farers and individual boat owners. Preventing pollution from ships may vary from region to region, country to country, and even from port to port, and this makes it hard to control it from happening. Although countries may sign international conventions; enforcement often proofs to be ineffective.
The situation is often worse in developing countries; where political corruption still takes place and where lacking financial resources disturb enforcement from happening.
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Also; many countries do not have the capacity to either prevent pollution from happening or to deal with existing pollution. A lack of global and national political will to truly defeat the majority of marine pollution is a serious threat.
Furthermore, there is often inadequate data available on the scope and complexity of illegal pollution. Also, want maritime safety regulations are not well taken care off by ships from one country and an accident occurs in the waters of another country, the responsibility is not often strictly taken by the country whose ship caused the accident INECE, Since seaborne trade is likely to only increase in the upcoming decades, it therefore remains of upmost importance that global and national regulations on maritime safety and the prevention of the pollution of the marine environment are effectively implemented.
From the above it becomes clear that right now uniform binding rules are lacking, countries can still define their own regulations surrounding the pollution of the marine environment and are not always punished with monetary penalties when pollution occurs. A suggestion is therefore to broaden the scope of the global regulations and to create uniform rules that have to be translated into national policy and be implemented accordingly.
National policies are now still designed at country level and may give various interpretations to global regulations. Also, in the current situation no stakeholder is held ultimately accountable for marine pollution and it is therefore important to choose an actor, most likely the national government, to be responsible for the pollution caused by the ships that fare under her flag.
Governments should be able to be held globally responsible for the pollution caused by their ships. It is important to improve the capacity from national agencies in implementing the proposed changes. Furthermore; global sharing of information is crucial to trace down the polluters.
In the current situation, it often remains too unclear who can be held accountable for the damage caused. This essay discussed various pressures posed by the maritime sector on the marine environment; such as waste dumping, plastic debris, oil spillage and global climate change.
Global conventions have been put in place by international bodies such as the International Maritime Organization to mitigate the risks of shipping on the marine environment and to ensure that pollution is taken care of accordingly. These global regulations have shown to be benchmarks in the protection of the marine environment, but it has also become clear that much is dependent on the individual implementation of the agreements by signatory states.
Regulations mean nothing if they are not enforced. Since oceans are not strictly divided between countries in the same way as land is, it has proven to be difficult to inflict the international regulations. Furthermore, financial benefits are often seen as more important than protecting the environment by companies and countries.
For example, when it is too expensive to dispose waste in one country, then a company can almost certainly find another developing country that agrees to download the waste for disposal for a fair amount. The costs of these activities on the marine environment as well as on the health and livelihoods of the local communities are often neglected.
Furthermore, although wealthy countries have a far bigger share in the global maritime trading, it is more often the poor countries that suffer the most from marine pollution, because of insufficient knowledge, capacity funding and weak governments to protect the oceans.
Therefore, global enforcement could help in holding governments accountable for the damage caused in other countries. This essay wants to show that the enforcement of the implementation of global treaties is crucial for the protection of the marine environment. It should become easier to hold companies and countries accountable for the pollution caused. A way to do this can be to establish international binding agreements, and when these are not met high monetary penalties should be raised.
In this world, in which money plays such a big role, this might well be the most prudent way to prevent marine pollution from happening.It is different from the other chapters, which apply to certain classes of commercial shipping, in that these requirements apply to all vessels and their crews, including yachts and private craft, on all voyages and trips including local ones. It prescribed numbers of lifeboats and other emergency equipment along with safety procedures, including continuous radio watches that would be better carried out autonomously.
Seeing that the majority of global tonnage is covered; it remains remarkable why the marine environment is still feeling so many pressures from the maritime sector.
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