Shipping accidents are increasingly causing the most harm to the environment at sea according to a recent report which outlines the locations of accident hot-spots and their impact on local ecology.
The report, from the WWF, states that water at Southern China, the North Sea, and the Mediterranean are those worst for accidents and consequently extremely harmful to areas we are trying to conserve.
The number of ships on the world’s ocean is to double says the WWF and this can only cause more accidents on the waves.
In the past twenty years the volume of ships traversing the seas has increased significantly from around 90,000 to 110,000.
Accidents have reduced in number but the WWF report concludes that those accidents that do happen are taking place in areas of great eco-logical concern.
In the past fifteen years there have been around 240 accidents involving ships areas around Southern China, which, leading to the East Indies, is known as the Coral Triangle. It is in this area that 75 percent of the world’s reefs are located.
The report has identified other areas that are of concern including waters around the Britain and even the Black Sea.
Freight liners represent more almost half of the ships lost due to accidents, with another quarter lost in commercial fishing. Over half of all incidents are due to bad weather despite major technological developments in meteorology.
Intense focus is on on the doubling of shipping fleet over the next thirty years and steps that could be taken to avoid this increase in ship numbers resulting in a higher number of accidents, particularly in areas of great ecological interest.
It doesn’t seem possible that there will be a green revolution in shipping any time soon, or perhaps not even in our life-time. Very few new ships leaving the slipway are likely to be green or ecologically friendly.
Unfortunately we might have to wait until some harm has been done to the environment by shipping before governments intervene to start a new wave of green technology on the oceans.
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