More people and goods are travelling by sea than ever before. The impact on the marine environment is enormous.
Shipwrecks and lost shipping containers threaten our coasts. Meanwhile, the cruise ship industry has grown rapidly in recent years. And air pollution from all kinds of ships is a serious problem around many harbours.
KIMO lobbies for laws to improve maritime safety, reduce risks and pollution and increase the protection for coastal communities when accidents happen.
Lost shipping containers
Accidents involving lost shipping containers are major pollution events. Waste can wash up on our beaches, pose a threat to fishing fleets and poison the ocean. KIMO works to encourage governments, the IMO and the EU to take action to prevent accidents from happening. Learn more.
Air pollution from ships
Commercial ships burn heavy fuel oil, which causes harmful air pollution. Therefore, some ships have equipment fitted to clean exhaust gases. Unfortunately, these so-called ‘scrubbers’ pump pollution into the sea. KIMO lobbies for international action to reduce air and water pollution from ships. Learn more.
When ships wash out their tanks at sea, the resulting discharge can wash up on beaches as clumps of yellow wax. As a result, municipalities often face a bill for cleaning up long stretches of their coastlines. KIMO has lobbied to ban paraffin discharge at sea. Learn more.