EU launches maritime toolbox forum

The EU-Commission has launched its 60-members European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF). The forum aims to provide tools for the industry to overcome the transition to the new sulphur regulations.

With only 13 months left before the start-up of the new sulphur emission regulation, the EU-Commission has launched its 60 member (28 Member States + 32 Industry members) Forum to combat the practical obstacles faced by shipowners in light of complying with the regulation. Additionally, the Forum - named European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) - will work to promote the compliance of the SECA directive which enters into force on January 1st 2015.

“The objective of ESSF is to bring together all the stake-holders to ease the implementation of the directive. The Forum will work to find practical solutions for the industry,” says Torsten Klimke, team leader for EU sustainable shipping at DG MOVE.

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