Indonesia oil slicks highlight weak enforcement against bilge dumping

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon An environmental monitoring group has published reports saying that two ships have been pumping their waste oil out to sea, in a process known as bilge dumping, off the coast of Sumatra.The findings are based on a combination of satellite imagery of the slicks, which extend a total of 135 kilometers (84 miles), and tracking data from the ships.Activists say these findings highlight just how common bilge dumping is in Indonesian waters, and the lack of enforcement against the practice.Officials had not commented on the matter as of the time this story was published. JAKARTA — Two ships have been spotted allegedly dumping waste oil in the sea off the eastern coast of Sumatra, highlighting what activists say is poor enforcement against marine pollution violations in Indonesia.One of the vessels has been identified in a report published March 26 by the environmental monitoring group SkyTruth as the Perkasa, a cement carrier operated by Jakarta-based shipping company PT Indobaruna Bulk Transport. SkyTruth’s report showed it was trailing a slick of oil some 18 kilometers (11 miles) long northbound in the Malacca Strait as of Feb. 15.In a separate report, SkyTruth also reported possible bilge dumping on Jan. 8 near the northern tip of Indonesia’s Bangka-Belitung islands, located to the south of the Malacca Strait. It identified the Indonesian crude oil tanker Gamsunoro as the source of the slick, which stretched at least 117 kilometers (73 miles) when the researchers captured the image. The report didn’t name the operator of the tanker, which at the time was anchored near the town of Indramayu on the northern coast of the island of Java.The Malacca Strait, highlighted in blue, is flanked by the island of Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. Image courtesy of Lozère via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).The researchers said they regularly monitored the Malacca Strait, a narrow waterway between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, and one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, which connects the Pacific and Indian oceans.“Due to the Strait’s high density of marine traffic of all types, oil spills — accidental and intentional — are likely to occur,” the latest report said.The researchers said they suspected the Perkasa was dumping its bilge, a typically intentional discharge of oily waste from ships to reduce ballast water or free up space in the cargo hold. To support their suspicions, they combined satellite images that detect slicks with vessel information broadcast via the radio-frequency automatic identification system, or AIS.“The ship’s predicted location closely matches the vessel’s position in the [satellite] image, and no other vessels broadcasting AIS were likely candidates for a match,” the researchers said in the report. “This leads us to infer that Perkasa is the vessel seen apparently discharging oily bilge waste in the satellite image.”The researchers also acknowledged the possibility of an accidental leak of fuel oil or other oily substances.“The best we can say is, based on our cumulative decades of experience analyzing thousands of satellite images for oil pollution, there is clearly a slick of oil or an oily substance emanating from a vessel that is visible on the satellite image,” John Amos, the SkyTruth founder, told Mongabay in an email.An overlay between satellite imagery showing the slick and vessel broadcast signals from the cement carrier Perkasa. Image courtesy of SkyTruth.SkyTruth has called for the vessel operator to explain the slick observed in the images.The Perkasa is registered with two classification societies: Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), both of which are supposed to monitor and regulate maritime safety and pollution prevention.Mongabay contacted both organizations as well the ship’s operator for comment, but only ClassNK replied. It confirmed that the Perkasa was registered with Tokyo-based ClassNK, but declined to answer questions regarding the allegation of bilge dumping.The SkyTruth report notes that ClassNK requires registered vessels to pass environmental performance for their operations in five areas, including water and waste. Ballast water, sewage or black water, garbage, sludge oils, and bilge water are covered under this category.Perkasa’s operator said it placed a “high priority in safety by adhering to policies, practices, and procedures” to ensure the safety of the environment.Amos said SkyTruth had identified several hotspots around the world where apparent bilge dumping was a routine occurrence, and the eastern approach to the Malacca Strait was one such hotspot.In Indonesia, bilge dumping is commonly practiced and highlights the poor monitoring by port, marine security, and law enforcement officials, said Arifsyah Nasution, oceans campaigner at Greenpeace Indonesia.Ahmad Baihaki, program manager at Global Fishing Watch-Indonesia, said the problem was particularly bad in the Bangka-Belitung islands, affecting both local beach resorts and the livelihoods of coastal communities.Arifsyah called on the government to launch an investigation based on the SkyTruth report to reveal the scale of the problem in the country and resolve it.“We know the government has quick access to information when there’s been an allegation of pollution, whether it’s a tip from local people or based on satellite technology,” he said. “But the response is still slow.“Improving vessel monitoring and checking at ports and sea is a great effort for prevention and law enforcement against bilge dumping in Indonesian waters,” Arifsyah added.Mongabay contacted the Ministry of Transportation’s head of sea transportation for comment, but none was forthcoming as of the time this story was published.An overlay between satellite imagery showing a slick and AIS broadcast points from the oil tanker Gamsunoro. Image courtesy of SkyTruth.Eelco Leemans, an adviser at the Clean Arctic Alliance, told Mongabay that the practice of dumping oily water in the open sea was illegal worldwide, as regulated by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, or Marpol.“Oily water can only be pumped overboard if it is pumped through an oily-water separator,” Leemans said.But SkyTruth’s Amos said enforcement of this convention was “notoriously weak.” One solution, he said, could be to amend an existing international treaty on illegal fishing to also cover bilge dumping.“In general, it is the responsibility of the flag state to enforce the law and impose penalties,” he said. “[But] it will take an organized international effort to successfully address this problem.”Banner image of oil spill slick on a Singaporean beach courtesy of Ria Tan via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Crime, Environment, Environmental Crime, Fisheries, Marine, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Crisis, Marine Ecosystems, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Oil, Oil Spills, Pollution, Satellite Imagery, Technology, Water Pollution last_img read more

Plum Canyon OK’d despite local outcry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The public hearing could have been reopened, but doing so would result in a monthlong delay to allow for notices to be posted. The panel had held five meetings on the matter and told protesters Tuesday that that was sufficient. The emotionally charged speakers said the city failed to inform them about the project. Notices must be posted in a 1,000-foot-radius zone from proposed projects, and they live outside that area. Resident Bill Arens said the city’s Cross Valley Connector – which consists of Golden Valley Road and Newhall Ranch Road – would improve transportation if Ermine intersected it. “You want the Cross Valley Connector to do its job,” Arens said of the route still under construction. “The (connector) is only going to work if you give as many people access as you possibly can. Closing streets is not how you do it.” Opponents of the Ermine extension presented a 274-signature petition at the November meeting. CANYON COUNTRY – Planning commissioners who unanimously approved a revised 499-home Plum Canyon development will pass along their recommendation to the Santa Clarita City Council despite last-minute protests from a second contingent of homeowners. The residents delivered petitions with about 239 signatures but were prohibited from airing concerns Tuesday night because the public hearing on the matter was closed Nov. 15. They object to commissioners’ rejection of a plan to extend Ermine Street to Golden Valley Road to reduce congestion on three nearby streets – including their own. The project had been revised after protests from Ermine residents who claimed that opening their street to the planned Keystone development would change their neighborhood. “Why create a thoroughfare on two streets in the neighborhood when you can adequately handle the traffic with one?” commission chairman Dennis Ostrom said after Tuesday’s meeting. “This wasn’t a planning issue, it was a political issue. So why not just put it up to the politicians (City Council)? It will be better for the community as a whole.” Brookfield Homes’ $100 million Keystone project will help fund the extension of Golden Valley Road. The developer cannot break ground until the segment of road from the bridge spanning the Santa Clara River to the extension of Newhall Ranch Road is complete, said senior planner Jeff Hogan. Brookfield also is required to provide $36 million in amenities. A hearing before the City Council has yet to be scheduled, said City Clerk Sharon Dawson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

How you frame the dollars frames the decisions

first_img(NOTE: A quick correction – the report this post was based upon had a reversed sentence which contradicted a finding. The report was just corrected online here in the comments. I didn’t catch it when posting, which perhaps led to you scratching your head. Hawk-eyed reader Willy noticed. The bolded text below is now correct. Thanks.)I think pricing psychology is fascinating, and it’s worth experimenting with it in our sector.I’ve blogged here before about one idea — that of anchors. For example, if you see $50 vs. $5 is a common gift on a list, then $30 either looks like a small gift or a big one. Or a $25 wine seems expensive if it appears halfway down a list that begins with a house wine priced at $10 yet cheap if the options on the list are reversed and start with a $50 wine first. The first number we hear frames how we react to other numbers. Now, Inside Influence Report adds another dimension to these ideas. This week, they summarized research on how we react to packages of several items.It’s really useful in thinking about products you sell, services you offer, grants you seek and donations you request.Here’s the idea, as the Inside team explains: A movie theater might offer customers the option to watch 15 movies for $99 or a lawyer may offer 10 hours of consulting time for $2500. A pair of researchers — Rajesh Bagchi and Derick Davis from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech University — wondered if the order of the price and number of items matters in how people react. In other words, is it different if you offer $99 for 15 movies? What if the lawyer proposes 10 hours of consultancy time for $2500 or a smaller package of 2 hours for $500? And what if the offer is hard to figure out? For example a contract for $1700 results in service to 1,000 people vs. $1695 for 1,100 people.The researchers presented these types of variations and asked the study participants how good a deal they thought they had been offered, the value for money it represented and, most importantly, how likely they were to make a purchase.The results?1. When the offer was easy to calculate, people rated that offer as better value with price first, item second, regardless of the size of the package2. But when an offer was more difficult to calculate AND the package offered was large, then the reverse was true. People preferred item first, price second. People were more likely to prefer and trial the ‘58 hours for $289.50’ offer over ‘$289.50 for 58 hours.’As Inside Influence notes:When offered a choice people will typically anchor on the first piece of information presented to them and adjust (sometimes insufficiently) for the second piece of information that follows. Furthermore this effect is amplified the more difficult it becomes to calculate the offer, leading to different evaluations and preferences for what are essentially the same things… To think that clients and customers judge larger packages and offers as a better deal irrespective of how the price order is presented is a misconception.The bottom line? If you have a complicated proposal of different prices that are hard to calculate, put the item first. If it’s easy with a smaller number of units? Put the price first.last_img read more

How Women Are Fighting Back Against Online Bullying and the Tech Companies

first_img 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 24, 2018 Untold numbers of women endure horrific threats and abuse online. The new film Netizens, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend, not only illustrates the problem but criticizes how little legislators and major social media platforms, including Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook, are doing about it.”I hunger for you, Anita. It consumes me every day,” an abuser identified as “Kevin Langham” wrote in a 2014 tweet depicted in the film. “I want to hold you in my arms. I’m going to choke the life out of you.”That “Anita” is Anita Sarkeesian, the cultural critic who has often taken on Gamergate and others in the misogynist world of online gaming. In return for her stance, Sarkeesian has suffered frightening tweets like the one above, and others too crude to quote. In the film Sarkeesian showed a photo of a jar of semen sent online. when she speaks publicly, the film pointed out, the venue is typically protected by armed guards and swept by bomb-sniffing dogs.Related: SXSW Festival Cancels Gamer Panels After Threats of ViolenceIn a panel discussion following a Saturday screening of the film in New York, Sarkeesian — a San Francisco entrepreneur who with her team of four creates the video series Feminist Frequency — addressed possible responses to the online abuse women face from gamers, ex-boyfriends and other venomous sources.”My concerns are that these platforms were built from the ground up by white men and tested on their families and people in their orbit who looked like them, and they never thought about how their platforms could do harm,” Sarkeesian said. “So, what happens is that when [a platform] takes off and you have millions of users, it’s putting Band-Aids on this geyser of harm and chaos on their platforms. … Can you ever fix a platform where the foundation is fundamentally flawed?””Netizens” panel at Tribeca Film Festival included (right to left) filmmaker Cynthia Lowen, Tina Reine, Anita Sarkeesian and Carrie Goldberg.Image credit: Joan OleckSometimes yes, the critic herself acknowledged. She consults with major tech companies, including those in social media, Sarkeesian said. And, “It’s fascinating to be in a space as long as I have, doing this work and [seeing] how rapidly we have come to recognize that online harassment is real.”Five or six years ago, when I met with Twitter, there were five or six people on their safety team; and they were like, ‘Nah, we don’t have an [issue].’ And, I’m like, ‘What?’ Now, there’s a safety council and they try to communicate with us about what we’re doing, I don’t know the specifics of whether it’s working or not but that’s such a huge difference.”Related: Twitter Offers New Filter, Cracks Down on AbuseCertainly that difference doesn’t work for everyone, the film pointed out in its profile of two other women.One was Tina Reine, a Miami-based carbon commodities trader and aerialist who once delivered a TEDx talk about dancing as a springboard to girls’ self-confidence. Reine’s personal history became the obsession of a hateful ex, whose extensive online defamation of her caused a potential and at least one actual employer to dismiss her.In one of the film’s most telling scenes, Reine, who during the filming was eking out a living teaching gymnastics to children, signs up for a Toastmasters course. There, she explains to a skeptical fellow student, who is male, that what she had been encountered wasn’t just a free speech do-or-die situation: It had wrecked her life emotionally and financially, she told him.”Every time I give out my name,” Reine said elsewhere in the film about her ongoing struggle, “I know I’m about to be judged because I know eventually they’re going to Google me and see what’s there, and they’re going to judge me.” Also profiled in Netizens was New York-based attorney Carrie Goldberg. Goldberg became a lawyer specializing in online abuse, she recounted in the film, because she too had suffered online defamation and couldn’t find counsel who knew enough about social media to help her fight back.In one of the film’s most emotional scenes, Goldberg is shown opening boxes at a storage facility that have been labeled “tainted,” because the clothing and jewelry they contain are items she wore during the abuse she suffered from a man she dated for just four months.She’d put her possessions in storage, she said in the film, because she’d had to move to a more secure apartment — that was how scary the threats from her ex were.”New York doesn’t have a revenge porn law because our politicians are doing nothing about it,” Goldberg says elsewhere in the film. “This is not what the First Amendment is about.”The Brooklyn-based attorney was in the news two years ago for filing complaints against New York City schools for actions taken against female students who’d alleged sexual attacks by male students. In one case Netizens describes, a Brooklyn girl’s assault was actually recorded and posted online. The girl became the target of taunts; the principal responded by telling her to stay home because her presence “would make things worse.”In an era when Mark Zuckerberg can be called on the carpet by Senate investigators because of possible wrongdoing by Facebook over the Russian hacking scandal — and at a time when researchers are actively examining whether social media is psychologically, maybe even physically addictive — revenge porn as a public policy issue is on the ascent. Related: Reddit to Crack Down on Abuse After CEO Is TargetedThe internet, the film’s website declares, is becoming “the next frontier of civil rights.” And the film’s speakers underscore that view.”How do we get the platforms to recognize that this is a problem that is actively harming their users? What do these platforms stand for?” Sarkeesian asked rhetorically during the panel. “Do they want Nazis on their platform?”I’m tried of giving them this free [free speech] waiver over what is happening … The platforms are not built with human users in mind.”center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more