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CO2 emissions took centre stage at the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) conference yesterday, as a panel discussed the current state of monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) regulation, indexing of ships by their emissions and the future possibility of market based measures (MBM).


Koji Sekimizu, secretary general of IMO, opened the ICS conference in London this morning with a call for the systematic review of prescriptive safety regulation, and a shift towards goal-based standards. 

IMO secretary general Koji Sekimizu wants to bring forward a study on availability of low sulphur fuel ahead of the planned 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020.

On his five-day Arctic voyage onboard a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu has been describing hugely varied conditions from thick pack ice, to open seas.

IMO secretary general Koji Sekimizu is to see first hand the effects and possibilities of Arctic navigation taking a voyage on the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

At the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) 67th council meeting in Oxford, members agreed that a discussion of container ship structural design was needed.

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has agreed to a restructuring of IMO’s sub-committees, reducing the number from nine to seven.

The maritime industry does not need to speak with one voice so much as to deliver one message. To achieve this all sectors of the shipping industry have to improve cooperation between themselves and work together, concluded the Liberty Congress, a near 12-hour long discussion in Piraeus, last week.

A new Code of Conduct concerned with piracy prevention in Central and West Africa has been formally adopted by 22 signatory states, drawing praise from IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu.

Without seafarers there would be no shipping industry and the world would be a much poorer place. It is good therefore that the IMO holds its annual Day of the Seafarer celebration, however, there is still much that can be done to make seafaring a more recognised and attractive career.

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