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Why shipowners hesitate on new environmental requirements

Requirements dictating the interaction between ships and the environment take a long time to get through. And shipowners seldom react to the environment before specific legislation is in place. Ph.D. in maritime regulations and planning Roberto Rivas Hermann explains why.

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There is a long line of environmental requirements underway for shipping, as well as the entire entourage of suppliers and service companies. But instead of preparing to meet the requirements, it can sometimes seem as if the shipowners hesitate when dealing with the new requirements. Not just because they are new, but because they are expensive as well.

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