SAIL MED is led by a team that not only loves sailing, but also loves marine wildlife. Shipping pollution continues to damage and destroy marine life, ecosystems and ocean food chains. While it is always a treat to spot dolphins jumping and playing in the seas, we unfortunately see that the dolphins in the Greek Aegean are swimming closer and closer to the shores, in a desperate search for food.
Fuel oil sludge, dumping of oil and other wastes from ships accounts for about 20% of the sea's pollution. The discharge of oil engine wastes, toxic chemicals, plastic from boats, bilge water (which carries invasive species), and other trash from day-to-day shipping operations happens everyday and across the world. International laws and regulations fall short of preventing these to problems.
The use of wind energy to propel cargo ships can drastically reduce the amount of ship based pollution entering the seas. It will also reduce the noise pollution that harms many cetaceans.* Harnessing the wind to sail cargo ships is a win-win solution for helping to conserve precious wildlife and the critical food sources of our seas.
* "Ships' noise is serious problem for killer whales and dolphins, report finds." The Guardian. 2 February 2016.
Related News and Information
- Sub-standard ships and poor shipping practices are leading to massive marine pollution and damage, WWF GLOBAL, Marine Problems: Shipping.
- Eight Ways in Which Cruise Ships Can Cause Marine Pollution, Cruise, Marine Environment, July 20, 2016.