Shipowners, operators and charterers face technical, commercial and legal challenges in the run-up to the IMO’s January 2020 sulphur cap. In the following article, Ian Short, a Campbell Johnston Clark partner, explains some essential contractual precautions.
Danish Maritime sees sustainability challenges for the maritime sector as commercial rather than technical. Solutions are available either in the market or as proven pilot projects, but wide implementation is lagging due to split incentives and delays in legislation, argues Jenny Braat.
Unni Einemo, Director, International Bunker Industry Association comments on possible challenges that will arise due to the 2020 sulphur cap. Ms. Einemo notes that in the ideal scenario, enough fuels of acceptable quality will be available in order to meet future demand. However, this scenario is too optimistic and the shipping industry must prepare to deal with future issues.
Guido Van Meel, Secretary General of Euroshore International (a non-profit association of waste contractors specialised in ships’ waste) discusses the key challenges with respect to scrubbers taking into consideration a combination of factors that cannot be disregarded amid the legal background.
Ahead of the 2020 Sulphur Cap, Mr. Ioannis Chiotopoulos, Regional Manager South East Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL – Maritime, shares his thoughts about industry’s compliance with upcoming regulations, highlighting that it remains a complex issue for the operators. Following the announcement of M/T Almi Atlas newbuilding project, which is the first VLCC fitted with scrubbers and is classed under DNV GL, Mr. Chiotopoulos provides feedback on scrubbers.
Six arctic indigenous leaders will travel to London to address the impacts of Arctic Ocean shipping at the forthcoming MEPC 70. Sue Libenson notes this is a historic moment as for the first time IMO will hear indigenous perspectives.
The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could have disastrous consequences. Banning this fuel would protect the region’s rich wildlife, improve human health and benefit the climate, writes Sue Libenson
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