Shipowners: We have to do better next time

Director General of the Danish Shipowners' Association, Anne Steffensen, agrees that the shipowners should have worked more purposely toward settling the sulphur regulations properly within he industry, she tells ShippingWatch.

Shipowners - including the Danish Shipowners' Association - carry part of the responsibility for the fact that the industry along with the politicians failed to secure a proper implementation process back in 2008 concerning the new regulations for sulphur emissions from ships.

Since that time, most stake-holders, both carriers, equipment manufacturers, politicians, and NGO's , feel that too little has been done. And according to DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard, the industry shoulders part of the blame for the fact that carriers, starting already on January 1 2015, will have to either sail on the more expensive low-sulphur Marine Gas Oil in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and the English Channel - the so-called ECA zone - or they will have install exhaust cleaning systems, scrubbers, on the ships.

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