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MSC in strong appeal to the IMO: Please, please, please ... Do your job

The expectations to this week's MEPC meeting that kicked off Monday are modest. The COP26 didn't help much, and three-hour virtual meetings a day on the topic of CO2 only go so far. Nevertheless, there is a new sense of optimism to be found in many corners of the industry.

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When looking at the statements coming from major shipping players over the past few months – and even more so since COP26 – there is paradoxically an incipient sense of optimism growing in various corners of the industry.

It is a paradox because progress in the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is unusually slow when it comes to one overriding item on the agenda: decarbonization and the energy transition in the global shipping industry.

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