Major shipping lobbies resigned to IMO 2020, but plead for fuel availability
MAJOR shipping lobbies, BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO have met in London to discuss profound changes facing maritime transport next year, reports the American Journal of Transportation
MAJOR shipping lobbies, BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO have met in London to discuss profound changes facing maritime transport next year, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
Top of the agenda were the preparations for the implementation of the 2020 Global Sulphur Limit. With less than four months to go until the introduction of the new limits on sulphur emissions from shipping, there is still significant uncertainty about the worldwide supply of permissible fuels,
Add to that the concern about the safety and compatibility of fuel options. The Round Table leaders lobbies called on all parties, including charterers, bunker suppliers and nation states to double their efforts to ensure a smooth transition.
They also reiterated the urgent need for fuel standards to be put in place ahead of January 1.
Said INTERCARGO chairman Dimitris Fafalios: 'We need all parties to fully play their part, it would not be acceptable to have even one ship drifting powerless at the mercy of the ocean.'
The meeting also re-emphasised the industry's support of the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) strategy to reduce green house gas emissions from international shipping by 2050.
'The shipping industry has already made great strides in emissions reduction in the last 10 years by reducing emissions by 10 per cent, whilst facilitating a 30 per cent increase in global trade, but we recognise that there is more to be done to deliver on the 2050 goal,' Mr Fafalios said.