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ICS: Governments must do more to reduce shipping emissions

Ahead of critical meetings at the IMO, regarding the reduction of GHG emissions from ships, which will start on 3 April, the International Chamber of Shipping says that governments must compromise to help IMO agree on an ambitious strategy for the reduction of CO2 emissions by shipping. 

ICS released the new Flag State Performance Table

The ICS Table  presents the performance of individual flag states worldwide, and analyses the administrations’ performance based on a number of criteria such as port state control records, ratification of international maritime Conventions and attendance at IMO meetings. This year, a new criteria on participation in the ‘IMO Member State Audit Scheme’ has been included.

Guy Platten becomes new ICS Secretary-General

The Board of the International Chamber of Shipping announced the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General, after almost five years at the UK Chamber of Shipping. Mr. Platten will replace Mr. Peter Hinchliffe in mid-2018.

Global supply and demand for seafarers

In its latest report highlighting key issues in the maritime, ICS focused among others on major points on global supply and demand for seafarers, revealing a current global shortage of about 16,500 officers (2.1%), but a surplus of about 119,000 ratings (15.8%).

Implementation issues towards the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

Ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap, ship operators and oil refiners are preparing for implementation. The oil refining industry has to ensure that sufficient quantities of compliant fuel will be able to be produced. But governments need to monitor this carefully to keep the supply of compliant fuel as tight as possible.

ICS: An overview of key issues in 2017

ICS issued a report, highlighting the key issues in which ICS is engaged with regulators and other intergovernmental bodies that impact upon the global industry. These issues include among others the ambitious CO2 reduction objective, the regulation implications of BWM Convention, as well as the 2020 sulphur cap.

Carriage ban of non-compliant fuels to enforce 2020 sulphur cap

Leading environmental organisations and global shipping industry players have called for an explicit prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels when the 2020 sulphur cap takes effect. In a joint statement, they assert that a carriage ban will help ensure robust, simplified and consistent enforcement of the global sulphur cap.

China supportive to IMO environmental strategy, says ICS

ICS Chairman, Mr Esben Poulsson, has praised the positive role played by the Chinese Government in supporting the global regulatory framework for merchant shipping provided by IMO, in contrast with the tendency by some other IMO Member States  towards adopting unilateral shipping regulations.

Death of fossil fuels coming soon in shipping

Marine bunker suppliers should anticipate that there may no longer be significant demand for fossil fuels from shipping within as little as 25 years, if not sooner, and that the sector is now on an inevitable trajectory towards a future of zero CO2 emissions, ICS noted.


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