Shipping Needs Global Rules, Not Unilateral Acts: ICS Chairman

Press Release
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Balancing environmental aspirations not only with economic realities, but also with political realities, is not easy, ICS Chairman Spyros M Polemis told delegates at the influential CMA Conference in Connecticut this week.
 
In a speech entitled, “Balancing Environmental Aspirations With Economic Realities,” Polemis highlighted the danger of “aspirational” legislation; stressed that shipping is a global industry, requiring global rules; and urged legislators to ensure that their proposed environmental legislation is compatible with technical and economic realities.
 
“If major trading nations, such as the U.S., adopt rules which are at variance to those agreed upon by governments at IMO, we have chaos; and if individual U.S. States decide to implement their own rules, in conflict with Federal requirements, it is even worse; we actually run the risk of double chaos.”

Polemis highlighted the issues of ballast water management and sulphur emissions – pointing out the need to ensure that enough low sulphur fuel is available to enable the international shipping community to meet low emissions requirements, and the need to establish that equipment actually exists to meet ballast water treatment standards.
 
He also discussed industry concerns that market-based measures may be seen by some governments as fund-raising opportunities with the shipping industry viewed as a “cash cow” by some.
 
He concluded that shipping should be treated like a sovereign state in its own right.  

“A ship may be flagged in one country, and owned in another, while the cargo carried will be of economic benefit to a variety of different importing and exporting nations. This is why we need to maintain a special global regime for shipping,” he said.

 

Maritime Reporter September 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

NYK Opens New Planning Center in Kumamoto

On September 1, 2014, NYK and Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. established a stowage planning center for container shipping at the Kumamoto office of Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc.

TNO Receives 'International Media Award for Prevention'

The Engagementgame developed by TNO in collaboration with partners is the winner of the 'International Media Award for Prevention' in the category Multi Media.

More German Shipowners Look to Gibdock for Repairs

Gibdock remarks it has continued to see its stock rise amongst the German shipowner community over the past year. Indeed the Gibraltar ship repair yard’s recent

Environmental

Fortum Buys Stake in Wave Power Startup

Finland's top utility, state-controlled Fortum, on Monday said it has acquired a 14 percent stake in Finnish wave energy developer Wello. Wello has developed

Cavernous Swiss Power Plant Undermined by Renewable Energy

Deep in a Swiss mountain, workers have blasted out a cathedral-sized hole for a power plant that will help keep Europe's lights on, but the profit outlook for the 1.

China's National Carbon Market to Start in 2016

China plans to roll out its national market for carbon permit trading in 2016, an official said Sunday, adding that the government is close to finalising rules

News

Fortum Buys Stake in Wave Power Startup

Finland's top utility, state-controlled Fortum, on Monday said it has acquired a 14 percent stake in Finnish wave energy developer Wello. Wello has developed

Gazprom Neft Starts Oil Production, Shipments from Iraqi Badra Field

Russia's Gazprom Neft said on Monday it started commercial production and shipments of oil produced at its Iraqi Badra oil field. Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of state gas company Gazprom ,

Statoil Says Normal Operations at In Amenas Gas Plant Resuming

Normal operations are resuming at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria 18 months after a raid by Islamist militants killed forty employees, one of the plant's operators, Statoil, said on Monday.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.2420 sec (4 req/sec)