EU Urged to Address IMO Sulphur Requirements

Posted by Eric Haun
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In conjunction with the first meeting of the newly established European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF), which is scheduled to take place today, the shipping industry in a joint statement urges the European Commission to provide support in meeting the IMO requirement for 0.1% sulphur content in marine fuel by 2015.

The shipping industry encourages the European Commission to primarily address financial support for ship conversions and to consider the timely application of any additional transitional measures to ensure an appropriate enforcement of the sulphur Directive (Directive 2012/33/EU).

What is more, the shipping industry is of the opinion that, if factual analysis within the ESSF corroborates that the 0.1% limit will have detrimental effects on the sustainability of maritime transport, then the Commission and Member States should commit to taking corrective action.

Finally, the ESSF should also provide a platform to discuss possible interim measures and to take due account of regional specificities wherever necessary.

The global trade association Interferry, one of the statement cosponsors, said it fully supports the ESSF initiative but contends it is crucial that medium/long-term measures – ‘which might help when any new ships are ordered’ – do not overshadow the imminent challenges for ferries to survive the short-term transition.

“Ferries are the mainstay of intra-European maritime services. As such they are in pole position to reduce the load on ever-more congested roads that rely on recurring public investment,” said Johan Roos, Interferry’s Brussels-based executive director for EU and IMO affairs. “It follows that we are right behind the EU’s goal of more sustainable transport. However, it is very clear that the opposite will happen, a little over a year from now. The EU authorities need to understand without delay that ferry services are under real threat from the 2015 timescale –and that safeguarding continued ferry services today is a much better proposition than trying to take corrective actions when the services are gone.”
 

Maritime Reporter July 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

China: South China Sea Reclaimation Work Halted

China has halted reclamation work in the South China Sea, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday, at a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers where

Nigeria's Tanker Ban Underscores Local Industry Disarray

The Nigerian president's sudden, unexpected and seemingly unilateral decision to ban nearly 100 oil tankers from the country's waters has sown confusion in the

Adverse Weather Warning to Chilean Ports

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that Chile’s Port Authority has issued a warning of adverse weather conditions and strong swells affecting the Chilean coast over the next two days,

Ferries

LNG Ferry Construction for Tallink Begins

The start of production of Tallink's new generation LNG powered fast ferry for the Tallinn-Helsinki route was celebrated on the 4th of August 2015 at Meyer Turku shipyard.

TSB Investigating Ferry, Pleasure Craft Collision

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Laval, Quebec, following a collision between the ferry Paule II and a pleasure craft which occurred on August 1.

Canada's First LNG Ferry Launches with Bestobell Valves

Bestobell Valves is celebrating supplying cryogenic valves to Canada’s first LNG-fuelled ferry – the MV Armand-Imbeau II, which has recently been launched.   It

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1805 sec (6 req/sec)