Europe’s seas are home to a rich and diverse array of species, habitats and ecosystems. Although vital for Europe’s economic and social wellbeing, many of these ecosystems risk being irreversibly damaged by human activities. ‘Marine messages’, a briefing from the European Environment Agency (EEA), provides an overview of the current state-of-affairs of European seas and our use of them. It argues that economic activities including transport, fishing, offshore energy and tourism should be better managed so that they ensure sustainable health of marine ecosystems.
Marine AC UPS for Critical Offshore Installations
Equipment installed in ships or offshore installations typically operate under tough conditions, and any possible equipment failures can have serious cost impact. Despite this, products not really suited for the applications are often chosen based on the initial cost rather than looking at the total cost of ownership. One example is the use of a modular marine AC UPS versus the use of a modified commercial standard UPS for critical applications on-board ships and offshore installations. The same principle does...
Marine crude oil transport – global voyage losses
Paul Harrison, Consultant to the HMC-4A Marine Oil Transportation Database Committee, presents latest findings from analysis of the 2013 data on marine crude oil transport.The Energy Institute (EI) HMC- 4A Marine Oil Transportation Database Committee has been collecting and analysing worldwide oil shipping data for over 20 years and meets twice a year. The 2013 autumn meeting was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last November, hosted by Petrobras, and the spring 2014 meeting was held in Windsor, UK, hosted by BP....
Oceans of Energy
Technologies that harness the energy of moving water or temperature differentials in the oceans promise to deliver abundant carbon-free electricity. Long before humans got hooked on fossil fuels, we learned how to harness the power of water to do work. Rivers ran mills that ground flour, sawed logs or spun looms that transformed fibers into textiles. Later generations realized that moving water could also be used to turn electricity-generating turbines. But dams erected with electrical turbines blocked waterways,...
Interviews: Ken Buesseler, Researcher into marine discharges at Fukushima
We as scientists do have a responsibility and I hope to be able to contribute in some way“ Ken Buesseler, researcher at the Wood Hoods Oceanographic Institute is investigating the radioactivity leaked from the Fukushima nuclear power station, initially from data facilitated by the TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) and then from samples gathered in situ. He believes that official bodies in Japan have not done enough to analyse and to take the situation in hand, and has thus called for the participation...
Harnessing marine renewable energy from Poole Harbour: a case study
Global warming and its impact on our environment, society and economy is one of the fundamental concerns of our time. In response, the UK Government has implemented numerous targets including the 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2050, and the increase of renewable energy to 15% by 2020. In order to contribute towards these targets, the government may seek to harness the UK’s high marine and coastal renewable energy potential. Located in Southwest England, Poole Harbour provides strong...