Specifically, Ms Ziou refers to the UK's ambition towards a more sustainable environment, with the Government calling for a green industrial revolution to make the UK the leader in developing the future, sustainable technologies.

Ms Zious added that

But we know we can’t do this all by ourselves. Shipping is a global industry which requires global collaboration and global initiatives.

Referring to IMO's meeting this week, the Policy Director highlighted the importance of deciding on short-term measures that will start delivering on its climate commitment deal by 2023.

Also, the UK Chamber of Shipping will collaborate with partners and proposals to enable flexibility, a level-paying field, reward early movers and incentivises innovation to help cut emissions.

The Chamber will also discuss the fact that slow shipping is not the answer to cutting emissions.

Whilst much has been made of the possible benefits of slow shipping, we still believe that a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work, and slow shipping is not the answer

... stated Ms Ziou.

Given that ships play the most crucial role at the international trade, if they're forced to slow down the industry will then might need more vessels to continue trade and not have delays. Thus, this would not change the situation, as more vessels would increase carbon emissions.

What is needed is international regulations that encourages innovation and technological advancement to help reduce emissions, not a blanket reduction in shipping speed.

Concluding, the approaching IMO meeting should not prolong indecision but signal at this meeting about the direction of travel.