As the industry focuses its attention on the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting and regulations for emissions, another global regulation designed to both protect the environment and the safety of workers – the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling – is yet to come into force a decade after its adoption.

Ahead of the critical IMO Marine Environment and Protection Committee 74 (MEPC 74) meeting in London next week, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) urges IMO members and all stakeholders to "face up to their responsibilities” and reach “workable and sustainable solutions”.

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Over 100 shipowners, with a strong Greek representation, have publicly backed mandatory speed limits for shipping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an open letter to member states of IMO.

Esben Poulsson has arguably become one of the best known faces in shipping. The Dane, who has spent much of his career in Asia, is today both president of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and is highly active representing the industry both in the Lion City and globally with ICS.

The decarbonisation of shipping and the IMO targets for CO2 reductions by 2030 and 2050 have thrown open the question as to what will be the future fuel, or fuels, of the industry. It is a complex question with no single silver bullet, and one which classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is involved with on a global basis in trying to find a solution to.

The introduction of digitalisation to the shipping sector will not reinvent the industry, but it is needed to increase efficiency according to logistics software solutions firm Singular Point.

The VLOC Stellar Daisy, which sank in March 2017 with the loss of 22 lives, suffered catastrophic structural failure according to a report by the flag-state Marshall Islands, with classification society Korean Register defending its position in relation to analysis and reporting on earlier damage to a bulkhead.

A series of meetings in recent days between European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and leaders of the Greek shipping community appear to have got Commissioner Bulc on side when it comes to regulating the maritime industry.

As decarbonising shipping becomes mission critical for the industry classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched a Global Sustainability Center in Singapore.

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