Environmental Effects of Marine Transportation

Book Chapter

Title: Environmental Effects of Marine Transportation
Publication Date:
January 01, 2019
Book Title: World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition) Volume III: Ecological Issues and Environmental Impacts
Volume: 3
Chapter: 27
Pages: 505-530
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
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Citation

Walker, T.; Adebambo, O.; Feijoo, M.; Elhaimer, E.; Hossain, T.; Edwards, S.; Morrison, C.; Romo, J.; Sharma, N.; Taylor, S.; Zomorodi, S. (2019). Environmental Effects of Marine Transportation. World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition) Volume III: Ecological Issues and Environmental Impacts (pp. 505-530). Elsevier Ltd.
Abstract: 

Marine transportation drives global trade, moving > 10 billion tons of containers, solid, and liquid bulk cargo across the world’s seas annually. Historically, shipping companies and ports operated with limited environmental oversight, but accidental oil spills in the 1960s, caused widespread coastal pollution and seabird mortality, triggering the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). MARPOL is the main international convention to prevent marine pollution by ships from operational or accidental causes. Additionally, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) uses various instruments to protect the marine environment from shipping activities. Nevertheless, marine transportation still generates negative impacts on the marine environment, including air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, releases of ballast water containing aquatic invasive species, historical use of antifoulants, oil and chemical spills, dry bulk cargo releases, garbage, underwater noise pollution; ship-strikes on marine megafauna, risk of ship grounding or sinkings, and widespread sediment contamination of ports during transshipment or ship breaking activities. This chapter summarizes the environmental effects of marine transportation and describes the mitigative, legislative, and environmental performance measures currently available to improve management of these global issues.

 

Book: World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition) Volume III: Ecological Issues and Environmental Impacts

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