Ocean Pollution

Dispatches from the Outlaw Ocean: Episode 4 'The magic pipe' out now

Written by Oceanographic Staff
Photograph by Pixabay

The high seas are a lawless frontier where crimes such as murder, slavery and environmental destruction are often met with impunity and overlooked by the media. But the ocean is also a place of discovery and reinvention, offering freedom from the constraints of society.

A new 10-part short film series by The Outlaw Ocean Project stems from over a decade of reporting by our columnist Ian Urbina exploring crime on the high seas. The series chronicles a gritty cast of characters including traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, shackled slaves and vigilante conservationists.

Over the next ten weeks, we will exclusively share all episodes of ‘Dispatches from the Outlaw Ocean’ as they come out.

Episode 4 – ‘The magic pipe’ – came out out on Monday, 8th May. In this episode, Ian Urbina explores how cruise ships pollute the ocean. 

After all, accidental oil spills make big news. But every three years ships intentionally dump more oil than the Exxon Valdez and BP spills combined. 

The latest episode investigates how some luxury cruise ships routinely use ‘Magic Pipes’ to get rid of toxic waste below the water line, and how they rarely get caught. It also takes a broader look at the history of dumping at sea, the curse of plastic pollution and the sobering ecological consequences of environmental crimes that have only recently come into scientific focus.

Watch Episode 4 here or on The Outlaw Ocean’s website:

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Written by Oceanographic Staff
Photograph by Pixabay

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