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The shipping industry has been criticised for coming up with too many ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ when discussing the reduction of emissions.

Headlines in the shipping press recently declared “Owners are failing to get the cost benefits of fuel efficiency” and that the “Market fails to reward owners of efficient ships”.

The European Parliament has approved a regulation forcing transparent Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) in its waters, despite the objections of industry representative groups.

ICS has criticised moves at the EU to mandate Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions regionally, ahead of global IMO measures.

With many in the shipping industry seeking to divert the drive for efficiency away from new eco-friendly ships to vessels in operation Intertanko’s technical director Dragos Rauta has charged proposals to develop mandatory operational efficiency standards for ships in operation “would be an inefficient use of IMO’s time and resources”.

At the vanguard of offering LNG as a bunker fuel, the Port of Gothenburg is to offer reductions in port tariffs for LNG-fuelled vessels in a bid to encourage owners to adopt the fuel.


Interferry has applauded a new sector-specific Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ro-ro cargo and ro-pax vessels, calling it “a victory for common sense”.