Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, is hailing the ban on public smoking is a major achievement. Story Highlights The JCS was very instrumental as part of a team that worked to bring about the ban. Young people also played a role in the effort, citing the lobbying of students of Campion College. Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), Yulit Gordon, is hailing the ban on public smoking as a major achievement for individuals and organisations, which have long agitated for such legislation.She noted that as a member of the Coalition for Tobacco Control in Jamaica, the JCS was very instrumental as part of a team that worked to bring about the ban. “We have been experiencing first-hand, the suffering of Jamaicans to the different types of cancer and this ban has been a long time coming,” she stated.Mrs. Gordon was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank to mark Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed in November.The ban, which took effect on July 15 with the implementation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013, has already yielded results.Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has reported a 20 per cent reduction in asthmatic admissions to hospitals since the imposition of the no smoking policy in public spaces.Mrs. Gordon said that the young people also played a role in the effort, citing the lobbying of students of Campion College.She informed that the students, as part of their annual ‘Kick Butts Campaign’ which encourages young people to speak up and take action against tobacco use, took a petition to the Jamaican Parliament to ban smoking.“They too should be very happy to see this piece of legislation passed,” she said.The Executive Director said it is reported that children in Jamaica are having their first cigarette before the age of 10. This information, coupled with the scientifically proven fact that tobacco use is linked to most types of cancers, paints a grim picture for the country’s future if the habit is not curbed.Volunteer with the JCS, Dr. Aldyth Buckland, who also addressed the Think Tank, said that doctors are seeing young people in their 20’s with lung cancer. This, she said, is alarming, as the disease does not normally manifest until a person is in their 60’s.She said it was quite likely that those persons were exposed to tobacco smoke at an early age, possibly second hand smoke, which is just as dangerous.“Tobacco smoke is very different from usual smoke. It has very tiny particulate matter, less than 2.5 microns, which penetrate deep into the tiny airways of the lungs and can cause multiple toxic hits on the cells.“This happening each day is going to cause malignant change, especially over an extended period of time. It is said that every 15 cigarettes smoked causes one mutation, imagine someone smoking a pack a day for many years. The risk increases, the more somebody smokes. There is no safe level of exposure, even one cigarette is dangerous,” Dr. Buckland warned.
zoom The newly-built Maltese-flagged containership Kea Trader ran aground today off New Caledonia, the ship’s AIS data shows.The boxship hit the Durand Reef, some 100 kilometres southeast of the island of Mare.The 18 crew members on board have not been injured in the incident, and there have been no visible traces or reports of any immediate pollution from the vessel, according to the ship’s owner Lomar Shipping.Based on the ship’s vessel tracking data, Kea Trader was en route from Papeete port in French Polynesia to the Port of Noumea, New Caledonia.“The situation is currently stable and the weather forecast is good for the coming days,” the company said.Lomar added that it has activated its emergency response centre and was coordinating with all relevant authorities and organisations.A salvage team has been sent to the site and is providing support.“We are grateful for the rapid help and support that has been given since the vessel ran aground. We are currently working with the authorities and other industry experts to determine when and how the vessel is to be re-floated,” a spokesman from Lomar told World Maritime News.The cause of the grounding is yet to be disclosed.“An internal company investigation will work alongside the official inquiry to thoroughly examine this incident,” the company added.The 2, 194 TEU Subpanamax boxship, constructed by China’s Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in 2017, is chartered by Seatrade Groningen as of June 7, 2017, VesselsValue data shows.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Getting to Zero Coalition, a new alliance that will lead the push for international shipping’s decarbonization, has been launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.The ambition of the Getting to Zero Coalition is said to be closely aligned with the UN International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Initial GHG Strategy.The strategy prescribes that international shipping must reduce its total annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% of 2008 levels by 2050, whilst pursuing efforts towards phasing them out as soon as possible in this century. This will ultimately align GHG emissions from international shipping with the Paris Agreement.Specifically, the coalition is committed to making this ambitious target a reality by getting commercially viable deep-sea zero-emission vessels powered by zero-emission fuels into operation by 2030.The new coalition has been founded by the Global Maritime Forum, in collaboration with the Friends of Ocean Action, and the World Economic Forum.It represents more than 70 public and private organizations within the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, supported by decision-makers from governments and IGO’s. Some of the members include Maersk, Shell, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Norden and Wärtsilä, among others.“Energy efficiency has been an important tool which has helped us reduce CO2 emissions per container with 41% over the last decade… However, efficiency measures can only keep shipping emissions stable, not eliminate them,” Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Møller Mærsk, commented.“To take the next big step change towards decarbonization of shipping, a shift in propulsion technologies or a shift to clean fuels is required which implies close collaboration from all parties. The coalition launched today is a crucial vehicle to make this collaboration happen,” he added.“Decarbonizing maritime shipping is a huge task with no simple answer, but it has to be done,” Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, said. “We intend to be part of the long-term, zero-carbon, solution by seeking out the most feasible technologies that can work at a global scale. Starting now is essential because ships built today will stay on the water for decades,” van Beurden continued.“We wish to increase the awareness of the need to develop real alternatives that can make the development of vessels with zero emissions possible. We in Norden have already set sail with various initiatives such as biofuel to help the agenda on its way, and we see the establishment of this new coalition as another step,” Jan Rindbo, CEO of Norden, pointed out.As explained, the Getting to Zero Coalition may prove to be a catalyst for the broader energy transition if international shipping becomes a reliable source of demand for zero-emission fuels. This can increase confidence among suppliers and translate into an increased supply of feasible zero-emission fuels and thus be an important point of leverage for change across other hard-to-abate sectors.The demand for zero-emission fuels derived from renewable resources has the potential to drive substantial investment in clean energy projects in developing countries with a large untapped renewable energy potential, the Global Maritime Forum concluded in a statement.Read more:WSC to Propose New IMO Entity for Developing Fuels of the FutureIn Depth: Shipping’s Decarbonization Will Need Major R&D InvestmentABS Outlook: Alternative Fuels Will Be Key to Reaching IMO Low Carbon TargetsMajor Banks Promote Greener Shipping through New PrinciplesMSI: Rapid Decarbonisation to Lead to Radical Transition