International shipping

Why is this an issue for ACOPS?

Historically, it was acute 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 gases, sewage discharge, antifouling chemicals, 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 works 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.

Professor David Johnson has a specific interest in Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas and has undertaken feasibility studies for the Wadden Sea (Netherlans, Germany, Denmark), Tubbataha Reefs (Philippines) and Banc d’Arguin (Mauritania).

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.

ACOPS will follow implementation of the Polar Code and link this to work with the Arctic Council.