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We're celebrating National Marine Week

National Marine Week was developed by The Wildlife Trusts to celebrate our marine wildlife through a variety of sea related events.

Despite what the name suggests, marine week is celebrated over the course of 15 days to allow for the varying tide times around the country.   

Throughout National Marine Week (25 July – 9 August) we are joining The Wildlife Trusts nationwide to help spread awareness of our incredible sea life and the importance we hold as a business in protecting it. 

To reduce the impact of our operations in the marine, offshore and subsea environments we work in, James Fisher is committed to implementing marine sustainability initiatives in order to understand and address our operational impacts on sea life. We continue to take responsibility to proactively reduce our own carbon footprint in order to help maintain sea life and cause less disturbance to their habitats. 

To help provide some insight into the importance of our oceans and sea life, we spoke to a number of James Fisher employees across the group who work within marine environments.  

Mark Armistead, fleet manager at James Fisher Shipping Services says: 

“We have a detailed Safety Management System which contains specific instructions to our seafarers and shore staff, with regards to the protection of the marine environment from events such as oil pollution, pollution from garbage, air pollution and prevention of pollution by sewage.”   

With a developing new build project offering innovative ship design, we will work to reduce our environmental footprint. The Fleet Renewal Program will contribute to reducing our emissions benefiting from the efficiency gains of more modern engines, and potentially more carbon neutral fuel supplies."

Rachel Wilsonproposals specialist at James Fisher Offshore says: 

"The main [sustainability] activities which JFO undertake are [in relation to] subsea decommissioning and demolition of subsea infrastructure, as the equipment we use is hydraulically powered and operated at significant depth. 

“In some areas of high conservation or protected marine life areas, we alter the grade of hydraulic oil which we use so as to further mitigate any potential harm [to sea life] through pollution. Every operation we undertake must be fully risk assessed with a key focus area being on the environment.” 

Gert Muller, managing director at Subtech says:  

"Currently one of the most distressing environmental concerns is ocean plastic pollution - especially in the regions we operate in. Subtech is now focused on the reduction and recycling of plastic, both in the staff's personal capacity and as a group of companies. 

In remote locations with limited or no service infrastructure we want to combine the cleaning up of existing plastic pollution and the collection of all new plastic waste into a new industry. This will also provide employment and provide the feedstock for new technology that reduces plastic into building blocks for houses. 

Mohinder Rattan, marine technical director at Fendercare Marine says:  

Fendercare has effectively embraced the concept of ‘Circular Economy’ and highly values the factors that drive the interaction of marine activities with the environmental desirability of clean oceans and waterway conservation. 

Our innovative process development is hinged upon tools and technology that drives the reduction of our carbon footprint. Goal Zero has the key attribute being that not a single drop of oil goes into the oceans during cargo transfer operations under our control on the high seas.” 

To learn more about National Marine Week and how you can get involved with events in your local areaquizzes and marine spotting guides, please visit the National Marine Week website.