TelestackThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology Port of StocktonCoaltrans Asia 2021Van AalstBühler GmbH
  • Port of Stockton
  • Telestack
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Sailors Society
  • TMS Awards 2021
  • Coaltrans Asia 2021

Sulphur and Greenhouse Gas reduction priority for ICS

(Posted on 12/02/19)

“The 2020 global sulphur cap will be the regulatory game changer of the decade with profound implications for the economics of shipping” believes Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson. “But there are even more profound changes to come.  We are rapidly moving into a multi-fuel future to be followed we hope, in the 2030s, by the arrival of commercially viable zero CO2 fuels suitable for global application.”

Poulsson was speaking following the ICS Board meeting in London last week, attended by senior representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations.

As the 1 January 2020 deadline for the sulphur cap approaches, ICS members reviewed progress in persuading the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) to take measures to address expected implementation problems.  This includes outstanding safety and fuel compatibility issues associated with the use of new 0.5% sulphur blends and continuing uncertainty over the availability of compliant fuels in every port worldwide, a particular challenge for tramp trades.  The ICS Board concluded that it will be vital for the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee to complete this work at its meeting in May 2019, as shipowners begin ordering compliant fuels.

“While fuel suppliers must play their part in providing sufficient quantities of safe and compliant low sulphur fuels, shipowners must urgently prepare their ship specific implementation plans for 2020,” said Esben Poulsson. “This should be carried out using the IMO template adopted at the industry’s request and the detailed advice prepared by ICS which we have just updated to take account of other recent IMO decisions.  This will be vital to reduce the possibility of teething problems or in the event of initial Port State Control difficulties due to factors beyond the shipowner’s control.”

With regard to achieving the ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets agreed by IMO last year, including a 40% efficiency improvement by 2030 and a 50% total cut in the sector’s GHG emissions by 2050, the ICS Board endorsed the finalisation of proposals to IMO on short term measures.  These include tightening of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships – which already requires ships built in 2025 to be 30% more efficient than those delivered before 2013 – as well as proposals for a ‘Super SEEMP’ whereby existing Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans could be subject to mandatory external audits, probably as part of the ISM Code.

“We need IMO to make progress with short term GHG reduction measures as soon as possible to achieve measurable additional GHG reductions by 2023, in addition to the 8% total reduction already achieved by the sector since 2008, despite a massive increase in maritime trade over the same period,” explained Esben Poulsson. “But while these short term measures are very important we want IMO to move on to developing the critical long term measures that will truly help the industry to decarbonise completely.”  

Mr Poulsson continued:
“The ICS Board agreed that the industry cannot achieve the 2050 GHG reduction target using fossil fuels.  Over the next decade we are therefore going to require massive investment in research and development of zero CO2 emitting propulsion systems and other technologies which don’t yet exist in a form that can be readily applied to international shipping, especially in deep sea trades.  This will need to be a key component of the IMO strategy when detailed ideas for long term measures are taken forward during 2020.”

The ICS Board also endorsed the recommendation of the ICS Manning and Training Sub-Committee that ICS should encourage IMO to embark on a comprehensive review of the IMO STCW Convention governing seafarers’ and training and certification standards, given increasing questions as to whether the STCW regime, which was last given a major overhaul in 1995, is still fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

Latest News

Synergy secures Oldendorff bulker management agreement

(Posted on 07/12/21)

Singapore headquartered Synergy Marine Germany GmbH, a subsidiary of the Synergy Group, has signed an... Read more


LR and InterManager share lifeboat accidents insights

(Posted on 07/12/21)

Working with InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, Lloyd... Read more


Pacific Basin to offer customers carbon neutral voyages

(Posted on 02/12/21)

Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has announced the launch of its PB Carbon Neutral Voyage... Read more


DNV support for remote control shipping operations

(Posted on 30/11/21)

Classification society DNV has introduced the shipping industry’s first competence standard for... Read more


INTERCARGO: Submission to IMO’s MEPC 77

(Posted on 25/11/21)

At the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting this... Read more


Swedish Club members support online loss prevention training

(Posted on 25/11/21)

The Swedish Club has launched a new online training programme, aimed at delivering proactive loss prevention... Read more


Leading ship manager opens office in Hamburg

(Posted on 25/11/21)

Synergy Group, one of the world’s leading ship managers, has further expanded its global footprint... Read more


ABB to equip 12 Himalaya Shipping bulk carriers

(Posted on 18/11/21)

ABB's equipment package for Himilaya Shipping's ultra large bulk carriers will feature innovative shaft... Read more


Shipping needs ringside seat at debates says InterManager

(Posted on 18/11/21)

Shipping needs a “King Arthur-style” round table of many relevant bodies to fully represent... Read more


Anglo American aims for carbon neutral shipping

(Posted on 11/11/21)

Anglo American has set an ambition to achieve carbon neutrality across its controlled ocean freight... Read more


TOC EventsCimbriaCleveland Cascades LtdViganTBA GroupSailors Society
  • TBA Group
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Van Aalst
  • Vigan
  • Cimbria

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping