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Marine Log

February 16, 2007

New American Club publication

The American P&I Club's latest publication is entitled "Protecting the Environment."

Dr William Moore, VP responsible for loss prevention, risk control and technical services, says in the preface: "Shipping is commonly misunderstood as to its impact to the environment. It is one of the cleanest forms of transportation, with a safety and environmental record that exceeds many others.

"The industry has played a positive role in reducing emissions, promoting environmentally friendly and anti-fouling paints, ballast water management and other such initiatives."

Publication this week coincides with two leading industry organisations warning that operators face much tougher inspections and possible vessel detentions for offenses involving air pollution, garbage disposal and ballast management.

Like its predecessors (Preventing Fatigue and Shipboard Safety, as well as a series of posters focused on other problem areas), Protecting the Marine Environment further develops the club's policy of seeking to extend safety and loss prevention awareness among both onboard and shoreside personnel.

And again like the previous titles, the advice it contains is presented in an easy-on-the-eye style laced with humor to get the message across.

The design and illustrations continue the work of New Jersey-based artist John Steventon, whose earlier booklets and posters have been greatly admired for the way they tackle pertinent shipboard problems in a visual format.

In a foreword, Joe Hughes, ceo of managers Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., thanks the club's board and its safety and environmental protection committee for their enthusiastic support in promoting these initiatives.

He adds: "Once again, Bill Moore deserves special thanks for his continuingly energetic loss prevention activity for the club. Many thanks are also due to John Steventon, whose artistic talent has again created a striking visual impact in which depiction, as in action, can also be seen to speak louder than words."

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