Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 302

Largest Container Ship Ignores Slow Zone Established to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2020

WASHINGTON — A new analysis from Oceana today finds that the largest container ship to ever visit the East Coast of the United States sped through waters critical to endangered North Atlantic right whales on its way from Nova Scotia to New Jersey this month. Using Ship Speed Watch, an innovative tool launched by Oceana in July to monitor ship speeds in slow zones established to protect North Atlantic right whales, Oceana documented the CMA CGM Brazil, a 15,000-container ship that is 1,200 feet long, exceeding the 10-knot voluntary speed limit in a right whale conservation zone.* This Dynamic Management Area south of Nantucket was established to protect an aggregation of North Atlantic right whales. In self-reported data, the Malta-flagged vessel owned by a French transportation and shipping company transited through the area on Sept. 11 and 12 at a speed of up to 13.4 knots, which Oceana says is reason for grave concern considering its massive size. Oceana reached out to the company for comment but has not received a response.“By ignoring the slow zone, this ship, longer than two Washington monuments and wider than a football field, sped through an area with a known aggregation of North Atlantic right whales. While any size vessel can be lethal to these whales, the sheer size of this one requires an added level of caution,” said Whitney Webber, campaign director at Oceana. “Oceana’s analysis earlier this year showed that many ships are ignoring these voluntary slow zones. To protect North Atlantic right whales, we must shift to expanded mandatory slow zones that require ships to reduce their speed when whales are present along their migratory routes. When ships slow down, it will help save whales.” Collisions with ships is one of the leading causes of North Atlantic right whale deaths. Research suggests that if ships slow down to 10 knots or less, they can reduce the risk of death by up to 86%. The U.S. government created the Dynamic Management Area south of Nantucket earlier this month to protect an aggregation of North Atlantic right whales. This zone was recently extended through Sept. 29.

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