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Protection of the marine environment is the single most important issue affecting global shipping.

At North our focus is on prevention, preparedness, response and compensation. We help our Members comply with their legal obligations and if something should go wrong, we stand beside them with specialist advice, assistance and support.

Take a look at our latest articles, publications and expert opinion relating to pollution.

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You can contact our specialist pollution team at pollutionenquirygroup@nepia.com

Impetus for Change

Fifty years after the 1967 Torrey Canyon oil spill off south west England, protection of the marine environment still drives continuous development in all aspects of ship design, equipment and training. The impetus for change is as powerful as it ever was, with a stream of new conventions, laws and rules to protect the marine environment through the ever-increasing regulation of shipping.

These new laws are complex, they address risks that are only starting to be understood and they cross international, regional and national boundaries. Environmental risks are greater because trade is growing and ships are becoming larger. Social media guarantees that marine pollution incidents are now played out on the world’s stage.

Our Expert Team

North’s ‘Pollution Enquiry Group’ is a dedicated team of experts from P&I, Loss Prevention and Underwriting.

The team has over 100 years of experience in P&I, it includes master mariners who have commanded all types of tankers and lawyers who have advised in some of the largest pollution incidents of recent years.   Members of our team regularly attend pollution incidents across the world, standing beside our Members and helping to address the expectations of the local authorities and the local populations.

Our team can be reached on pollutionenquirygroup@nepia.com or by direct contact with any of the team members listed below.

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Pollution Resources

Make sure you’re up to date with our latest pollution articles and expert publications that are updated on a regular basis.

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Additional Environmental Issues

Ballast Water

Ballast Water Management

Ballast water and its impact on the environment is an important topic, but differing rules have caused uncertainty and concern in the industry. We have pulled together information to help you better understand the issue.

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2020 Sulphur Cap

2020 Sulphur Cap

The reduction of the MARPOL Annex VI global fuel sulphur cap to 0.5% will come into force on 1 January 2020. If you’re a shipowner or operator, you will have important decisions to make so you comply with these requirements.

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