Research & insight

The ESG Events Newsletter for December 2022

By
James Phare
December 29, 2022
15
 min read
 min watch
The ESG Events Newsletter for December 2022

Research & insight

The ESG Events Newsletter for December 2022

By
James Phare
December 29, 2022
15
 min read
 min watch

The latest edition covers news stories related to air and water pollution within the shipping and maritime industry.

At Neural Alpha, we have been thinking about Air and Water pollution at sea. This notoriously challenging topic to track has profound ESG implications. Our new product, Responsible Capital News Screen, examines news stories worldwide (and at sea!) to identify reported ESG Events, such as bilge dumping, oil spills or stranded vessels. News screen identifies mentioned physical assets as well as their owners, enabling ESG professionals within asset management, banking and corporates to incorporate news flow into universe construction, monitoring & engagement, due diligence / screening and risk management requirements at scale without compromising on precision and context.

This month’s blog highlights five of the more important ESG Events of December relating to waterborne physical assets. You’ll note that each article has relevant ESG themes/concepts automatically extracted, as well as geospatial information to enhance analysis.

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This month’s top 5 news items

1. Multi-purpose ship runs aground in the Bahamas

The Bahamas government imposed emergency measures to prevent further pollution following the incident and the resulting oil spill off the coast of the Caribbean island. The new measures included the deployment of ocean booms and skimmer boats to help seal the leaking fuel vents in the submerged vessel. The ship was transporting steel from Finland to New Orleans when it started taking water before eventually running aground near the Hole in the Wall Lighthouse.

Ownership information
The Onego Traveller is owned by German-based Intersee Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.and registered in Antigua and Barbuda.

Concepts
Oil spill, water pollution, fuel tanks

Date
29–12–22

Location

Site of the Hole in the Wall Lighthouse

2. Severe pollution feared from sinking vessel in Bangladesh

A ship carrying fuel from Chittagong Port to the Padma Oil Company depot sank in the river Meghna raising major concerns about the effects this could have on the local environment. Efforts to rescue the ship were unsuccessful, with one official noting that “due to dense fog, the oil carrier ship could not be salvaged.” Activists have claimed that the spill has spread at least one kilometre, putting the flora and fauna in the river’s water in danger, as well as threatening to kill microorganisms in the river and destroy biodiversity.

Ownership information
The vessel is owned by SHR Navigation, a multi-modal transportation conglomerate in Bangladesh.

Concepts
Pollution, oil spill, clean-up, oil slick, biodiversity

Date
21–12–22

Location

Image showing the River Meghna

3. Reopening of major shipping canal following oil spill

The Kiel Canal in Germany was closed for a week after over 3000 gallons of oil were spilled into Brunsbuttel harbour in following a burst pipeline. The strategic waterway — connecting the North Sea with the Baltic — is a key shipping route in the region and, at one point, at least 30 ships were queued up and waiting for the canal to reopen. According to reports, the oil slick spread over a stretch of water four miles in length with about 150 volunteers needed to mitigate the spill and reopen the canal.

Ownership information
Dintelborg, one of the ships rerouted due to the canal closure, is owned and managed by Wagenborg Shipping based in the Netherlands.

Concepts
Aquatic life, oil spill, water pollution, river biodiversity, environmental damage

Date
27–12–22

Location

Site of the Brunsbuttel harbour

4. Ship captain found guilty over Mauritius oil spill

The December verdict was reached after about 1000 gallons of oil were released into the water near Pointe d’Esny, a known sanctuary for rare wildlife, when the MV Wakashio ran aground in July 2020. The captain and his first officer were sentenced under the 2007 merchant shipping act for their role in the incident which sparked an ecological emergency and prompted a Greenpeace source to warn that many species were “at risk of drowning in a sea of pollution.”

Ownership information
The MV Wakashio was owned by Okiyo Maritime Corp., an associate company of Nagashiki Shipping Co., and was operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.

Concepts
Wetlands, oil pollution, environmental damage, rare wildlife

Date
21–12–22

Location

Site of Pointe d’Esny

5. Trawler with fuel oil stranded in Indian Ocean

The Yu Feng 67 — A Taiwan-based trawler — has run aground on the St Brandon archipelago. With over 70 tonnes of fuel onboard there are fears that this could cause another environmental disaster in a region where the MV Wakashio disaster is still a recent memory. Officials had set-up a crisis committee in the Mauritian capital, St. Louis, to coordinate a response to mitigate any ecologically damaging consequences.

Ownership information
The vessel is owned by Lee Tsang Fishery Co. based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Concepts
Oil spill, pollution, oil slick, biodiversity

Date
12–12–22

Location

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