Niels Smedegaard: Shipping was fast asleep

The decision to introduce tighter sulphur content requirements from January 1 2015 was made without serious preparatory work. A major blunder, says DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard.
Photo: Carsten Bundgaard
Photo: Carsten Bundgaard

European short sea shipowners are partially responsible for the fact that the carriers - starting already on January 1 2015 - will have to either sail on the expensive low-sulphur Marine Gas Oil in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and the English Channel, or install exhaust cleaning systems, so-called scrubbers, on their ships, said DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard at a seminar on Thursday in the European Parliament in Brussels, where he described the decision to introduce the new sulphur requirements for ship fuel as a blunder by European legislators.

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