Shipping is responsible for transporting 90% of the world’s trade and as global trade continues to increase, it is prime time to consider and manage any negative impacts shipping has on the environment, now and in the future.

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With chapters written by eminent international scientists, this book provides a global perspective on the environmental impact of ships, making it a useful reference for advanced students and researchers of environmental science, as well as practitioners of maritime law and policy, and marine business.

Co-Author Tim Fileman, Head of the Centre for Coastal Technologies at PML Applications Ltd, commented: “As most of our goods are being transported across the ocean by ship, it is vital that the true environmental impact of ships is more widely understood and reduced or that the cost of this impact is properly factored into the supply chain. There has been progress in recognising their impact but all too often it is not accounted for properly and requires formal regulation at local and international levels so that it is paid for and mitigated”.

Co-Author Dr Tom Vance, Head of the Centre for Marine Biofouling and Corrosion in PML Applications, added: “The environmental impact of ships is a global issue and requires a global response to help reduce the effects. One such initiative is the introduction on a more formalised circular economy for shipping, from build to decommission and all the activities in-between, to help break down each stage of a ship’s lifecycle and reduce materials and activities that may degrade the environment immediately or over time.”

This book provides a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible review of the impact shipping has on the environment. It explores topics including pollutant discharges, such as atmospheric emissions, oil, chemical waste, sewage and biocides; as well as non-pollutant impacts including invasive species, wildlife collisions, noise, physical damage, and the environmental effects associated with shipwrecks and shipbreaking. The book also covers the history of relevant international legislation in addition to a section on the shipping industry’s perspective by the former Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping.


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