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IMO supports global sulfur ban

A majority in the IMO is backing a ban on carrying illegal fuel on board vessels from 2020. The ban will need to be formally adopted in October and the broad support suggests that it will likely become a reality in March 2020.

Bimco: Insufficient sulfur resolution would weaken the IMO

Implementing and not least enforcing global sulfur requirements will be a test of the IMO's legitimacy, according to Bimco's Deputy Secretary General, Lars Robert Pedersen, in comments today to ShippingWatch, as the crucial sulfur meeting begins in the IMO.

Nordic shipowners see multiple problems with speed limit

Danish Shipping and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association think that there are many potential pitfalls in implementing a speed limit for vessels in order to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The discussion of a speed limit was instigated by the new ECSA chairman.

EU renews call on IMO to ban heavy fuel in the Arctic

The EU Parliament repeats its call to the IMO to forbid ships from sailing on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. The reiteration is a message meant to say that the EU will take action if the IMO does not deliver, NGO tells ShippingWatch.

EU renews call on IMO to ban heavy fuel in the Arctic

The EU Parliament repeats its call to the IMO to forbid ships from sailing on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. The reiteration is a message meant to say that the EU will take action if the IMO does not deliver, NGO tells ShippingWatch.

MAN Diesel & Turbo calls IMO its biggest frustration

There is no reason for the IMO to wait until 2023 to deliver on CO2, is the criticism from engine powerhouse MAN Diesel & Turbo, which in an interview with ShippingWatch describes the UN's maritime body as its current biggest frustration.

The solution to one shipping climate challenge could exacerbate another

The upcoming global sulfur directive is designed to solve a pollution issue, but the regulations look set to significantly exacerbate another problem. "It's not free for the environment," says a bunker consultant. It is the price that has to be paid to reduce sulfur emissions, says supplier Haldor Topsøe.

Shipowners support global ban in war against sulfur cheating

The international shipowners' associations are now recommending a ban against carrying certain fuel types on board vessels as part of efforts to ensure that the global sulfur directive is respected from Jan. 1 2020. The ban will be discussed at an IMO meeting in February.

ICS working toward 2060 as shipping's climate deadline

The International Chamber of Shipping, ICS, has now set a specific target and deadline year for its CO2 plan. Members must submit their stance on the proposal – which is inspired by a Japanese initiative – this Thursday. Read more about the plan here.

IMO: Many signs indicate sufficient low sulfur fuel by 2020

Many indicators suggest that there will be sufficient fuel available when shipowners by 2020 must comply with the global sulfur regulation, says Edmund Hughes of the IMO in an interview with ShippingWatch. Maersk is also noting positive developments.

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.

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