IMO: Difficult to make global scrapping-deal

IMO does not wish to set a date for when the Hong Kong Convention concerning the scrapping of ships could take effect. “The situation is complex,” IMO’s director of maritime environment tells Shippingwatch.

On one hand, IMO London boasts the global environmental shipping agreements that took effect at the turn of the year: EEDI, meant to secure better designs, and SEEMP, meant to secure better operation of the vessels.

On the other hand, IMO is far from being an organisation known for its swiftness and flexibility, but is – as a part of the U.N. – subject to the pace dictated by the individual member states. That affects  efforts to control CO2 emissions, just as it affects the forthcoming rules on the scrapping of ships or ballast water management.

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