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Maersk will push for action in climate debate

Major industry players such as Maersk, MAN, and Hapag-Lloyd are trying to push for stricter climate targets at a meeting on CO2 reductions in Bonn today – part of the current COP23 negotiations. It is necessary to negotiate outside the IMO, say the organizers.

EU leaves CO2 regulation to IMO ahead of 2023

The European Union will leave regulation of shipping's CO2 emissions to the IMO until 2023, after which date the EU will launch its own regulations if the IMO has not delivered. This is evident from the EU's final paper, which ShippingWatch is in possession of.

Bimco responds to criticism from InfluenceMap

Yesterday, Monday, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) responded to the criticism of the role played by shipowners in international CO2 negotiations in the IMO. Today, Bimco presents its position, which includes a proposal for the IMO strategy.

ICS describes critical IMO report as "nonsense"

ShippingWatch has asked the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to respond in detail to the direct criticism aimed at the industry by the authors of the InfluenceMap report. Read on to learn why the ICS describes the report as "nonsense."

New head of ECSA to break away from bad reputation in Brussels

Shipping has a bad rap as a polluting industry resistant to environmental regulation. However, carriers actually do a lot to reduce emissions, says the new Secretary General for the European Community Shipowner's Association, Martin Dorsman. They just need be better at promoting it.

Here is the road map for the IMO's climate deal

In April, IMO member states will decide on shipping's contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in line with the Paris accord. This deadline has no alternative, Director Maria Bruun Skipper of association Danish Shipping tells ShippingWatch.

Shipping still a way off from final CO2 target

The IMO has now emerged with a draft for a climate strategy in the IMO. However, the deal does not set out any concrete goals for CO2 reductions. Maersk is disappointed. So are the NGOs.

First shipbreaker in Bangladesh is approved

For the first time, a scrapping yard in Bangladesh has been certified to meet global shipping standards under the Hong Kong convention. However, the convention has yet to come into force.

Maersk backs fuel ban in sulfur debate

Maersk would welcome a ban on fuel which does not meet the low-sulfur content requirements. This is a simple way of ensuring effective enforcement of the rules, says the head of fleet technology at Maersk Line to ShippingWatch.

New climate battle to take off at the IMO next week

The world's nations will once again attempt to tackle reducing maritime CO2 emissions. A new meeting at the IMO next week is expected to lead to highly charged discussions. A compromise proposed by shipowner organizations is the most likely outcome of the meeting.

IMO issues new warning on bauxite after shipwreck

The International Maritime Organization is now urging dry bulk carriers to exhibit extreme caution when transporting bauxite, which can liquefy during voyages. However, the official rules will not be updated until 2019.

Last week's top stories on ShippingWatch

Summer has arrived but the shipping industry is not on vacation. The legal aftermath of the OW Bunker collapse intensified, Cosco bought OOCL, and shipping's pollution was the subject of debate after last week's IMO meeting. Stories also came out about Dan-Bunkering and Arne Blystad.

Maersk on the list of biggest environmental polluters

100 companies are responsible for more than 70 percent of industrial emissions of greenhouse gases since 1998, reveals a new investigation. Maersk Group is included on the list of the biggest polluters which is particularly dominated by oil companies.

EU reacts to IMO summit: A lot of talk, not much action

Although the overall takeaway from last week's climate meeting at the IMO was positive, the pace is still too slow, say two members of the European Parliament's delegation. "We cannot keep on waiting," said MEP José Inácio Faria at a committee meeting Tuesday.

Carriers are optimistic after new climate plan from the IMO

Danish Shipping and the International Chamber of Shipping are optimistic after last week's meeting in the IMO where countries agreed on the framework for a climate strategy for shipping. Next year's deadline seems realistic, states Danish Shipping.

Shipping closer to climate targets after IMO meeting

IMO member nations have agreed on framework conditions for a highly anticipated climate strategy which is set to be ready in 2018. Vision, climate targets, and the journey to reach these targets will now be up for discussion.

NGOs to IMO: Settle on a climate target

The IMO should, as a minimum, reach internal agreement that the coming climate strategy must contain clear-cut targets for by how much shipping must reduce its emissions. And there is also a need for immediate action, say NGOs.

MEP calls for climate signal from IMO leadership

The top level of the IMO ought to send a clear signal to its members that action is needed right now when it comes to the climate. This issue is about more than technical discussions, one EU member of parliament tells ShippingWatch.

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