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Ballast water discharges by ships can have a negative impact on the marine environment. Ballast water discharge typically contains a variety of biological materials, including plantsanimalsvirusesand bacteria.
These materials often include non-native, nuisance, invasive, exotic species that can cause extensive ecological and economic damage to aquatic ecosystems along with serious human health problems.
Sound pollution[ edit ] Noise pollution caused by shipping and other human enterprises has increased in recent history. According to Discovery Channel's article on Sonic Sea Journeys Deep Into the Ocean,  over the last century, extremely loud noise from commercial ships, oil and gas exploration, naval sonar exercises and other sources has transformed the ocean's delicate acoustic habitat, challenging the ability of whales and other marine life to prosper and ultimately to survive.
Whales are starting to react to this in ways that are life-threatening. Balcomb, a whale researcher and a former U. S Navy officer,  states that the day March 15,is the day of infamy. As Discovery says,  where him and his crew discovered whales swimming dangerously close to the shore.
They're supposed to be in deep water. So I pushed it back out to sea, says Balcomb. There's that underlying ambient noise level that's rising, and rising, and rising that interferes with communication and their movement patterns.
And then there's the more acute kind of traumatic impact of sound, that's causing physical damage or a really strong behavioral response. It's fight or flight". Wildlife collisions[ edit ] Marine mammalssuch as whales and manatees, risk being struck by ships, causing injury and death. In tothat number increased to 2.
The growth in tonne-kilometers of sea shipment has averaged 4 percent yearly since the s. EPA recognizes that these emissions from marine diesel engines contribute to ozone and carbon monoxide nonattainment i.
Contributions of marine diesel engines can be higher on a port-specific basis. Ultra-low sulfur diesel ULSD is a standard for defining diesel fuel with substantially lowered sulfur contents.
In the IMO has made new sulfur regulations which must be implemented by larger ships by When inhaled, sulfur is known to cause respiratory problems and even increases the risk of a heart attack.
To maintain the level of growth China is experiencing, large amounts of grain are being shipped to China by the boat load. The number of voyages are expected to continue increasing.
It measures the theoretical amount of carbon dioxide emitted per tonne nautical mile travelled, based on the design characteristics of the ship at time of build such as cargo carrying capacity, engine power and fuel consumption.
Higher rated ships can deliver significantly lower CO2 emissions across the voyage length, which means they also use less fuel and are cheaper to run. Cruise ship haze over Juneau, Alaska Stress for improvement[ edit ] One source of environmental stresses on maritime vessels recently has come from states and localities, as they assess the contribution of commercial marine vessels to regional air quality problems when ships are docked at port.
Ships can also have a significant impact in areas without large commercial ports: They comprise only a small fraction of the world shipping fleet, but cruise ship emissions may exert significant impacts on a local scale in specific coastal areas that are visited repeatedly.
Shipboard incinerators also burn large volumes of garbage, plastics, and other wasteproducing ash that must be disposed of. Incinerators may release toxic emissions as well.
As such cruise ships now employ CCTV monitoring on the smokestacks as well as recorded measuring via opacity meter while some are also using clean burning gas turbines for electrical loads and propulsion in sensitive areas. Oil spills[ edit ] Most commonly associated with ship pollution are oil spills.
While being toxic to marine life, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PAHsthe components in crude oilare very difficult to clean up, and last for years in the sediment and marine environment. One of the more widely known spills was the Exxon Valdez incident in Alaska.
The ship ran aground and dumped a massive amount of oil into the ocean in March Natural gas is the cleanest burning conventional fuel, producing lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than the heavier hydrocarbon fuels, like coal and oil.
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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) estimates that Carbon dioxide emissions from shipping were equal to % of the global human-made emissions in and expects them to rise 50 to percent by if no action is taken..
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