International shipping

Why is this an issue for ACOPS?

Historically, it was oil pollution incidents from shipping disasters affecting the UK shoreline that prompted the founding of ACOPS.

Shipping is also responsible for a range of other environment impacts resulting in pressure on the marine environment (greenhouse gas emissions, garbage and sewage discharge, antifouling chemicals, the spreading of invasive species through ballast water and sediment and haul-fouling, etc.).

ACOPS recognises the need for governments, industry and civil society to work together to regulate shipping impacts.

ACOPS activity

ACOPS is an Observer to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Dr Trevor Dixon has been working for more that 90 years with the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) to produce an annual survey of reported discharges attributed to vessels and offshore oil and gas installations operating in the UK Pollution Control Zone.

Youna Lyons has a specific interest in Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas,  marine plastic pollution, the regulation of GHG emissions, compliance with IMO conventions, IUU fishing and ensuring that the IMO implements international marine law within its mandate.

Future intentions

ACOPS will continue to participate in meetings of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee.

ACOPS will work closely with the UK MCA and continue to produce annual surveys of reported discharges in the UK Pollution Control Zone.