Ballast Water Management – Why is it important?

Ballast Water Management – Why is it important?

Ballast Water Management – Why is it important? Officer of the Watch examines legislative efforts to avoid disastrous environmental risks posed by ballast water from international shipping The problem: Ships use ballast to control their stability. The ballast can be solid, and historically rocks or iron ingots might have been used, but nowadays the stability is provided by pumping water in and out of tanks on the ship. By filling or emptying different tanks, the stability of the ship can be adjusted and controlled. On the new generation of large ships, the amount of ballast water can be very considerable, amounting to many tens of thousands of tonnes.  Ballast tanks must be either full or empty to avoid water slopping about inside them.   Typically, a ship will pump in ballast water when leaving a port and pump it out again on arrival. This has led to some major environmental and public health disasters. For example, in 1991 a ship loaded in Bangladesh and discharged in...
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India: Historic Trade Capital to Future Economic Hub

India: Historic Trade Capital to Future Economic Hub

With Brexit topping the headlines and the prospect of a need to find new export partners looming, one answer is to look to our historic colonial relationships. You might be surprised to discover how much we have in common with India after all these years... By Tony Parry Your scribe is a little bemused that China has drawn a lot of favourable economic and business sentiment vis-à-vis India over the past two decades or so. A bit odd really. About 250 million Indians speak English as an alternate or second language; Indian commercial law closely follows English law, brands such as Leyland, Typhoo, Royal Enfield are still huge in India, and they play a mean brand of cricket. You will feel right at home there. So, I’ll try over the coming period to entice you to do business with India. As a starter for ten, can I encourage you to get hold of a book edited by entrepreneur and communications strategist Manoj Ladwa, and...
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Heavyweight line-up of speakers for South West World Trade Summit

Heavyweight line-up of speakers for South West World Trade Summit

Following the success of the Institute of Export & International Trade’s (IOE&IT) South West World Trade Summit last year, we will be hosting a second event on July 6th in partnership with the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) at Plymouth University. Aimed at businesses in the South West who are working in, or have an interest in international trade, the ‘Blueprint for Global Britain’ will examine the issues and opportunities in accessing new markets and the debate will help shape the future of global commerce. The summit, which is sponsored by local law firm Bond Dickinson and export consultancy Middleton Jones, starts with registration and coffee at 9.00am at the University of Plymouth Portland Square building. The morning session’s focus is ‘Brexit and International Trade’. After lunch, the vibrant conference will turn its attention to ‘Enabling the South West International Trade Performance’. We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker will be the Institute’s new president, Lord Green of...
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