Explosion at the Gulf Oil terminal at Whiddy Island, Bantry, Co Cork, in which 51 people died as the French tanker The Betelgeuse unloaded its cargo. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Michael Kingston had just celebrated his fourth birthday the day before his father, Tim, was killed in the Whiddy Island terminal disaster on January (...)

The European Court of Justice: The EU says that it has a “number of concerns” about the independence of members of Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has referred Ireland to the EU Court of Justice for failing to uphold EU law on “impartial” investigations of marine incidents(...)

The European Commission is taking action against Ireland for allegedly failing to comply with EU law on the mutual recognition of seafarers’ qualifica(...)

Airlines – part of the problem: One of hundreds of “agitprop” posters, part of the “Brandalism” project, put up by activists on bus shelters in Paris.

International aviation and shipping have rightly been dubbed “the elephants in the room” at COP21, and there is now a real danger they will escape yet(...)

The Libyan coastguard at a heavy machine gun position off the coast of the eastern port city of Misrata on May 9th. Turkey accused government forces of an unprovoked attack on its ship. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government said on Monday that they shelled a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast after it was warned(...)

Emissions from ships and boats amountto a billion tonnes or 3 per cent of globalgreenhouse gas emissions – twice that of the international aviation industry

Shipping is one of the silent global polluters. Emissions from ships and boats amount to a billion tonnes or 3 per cent of global greenhouse gas emiss(...)