The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) has said though a disproportionate share of responsibility is still placed on shipowners, the IMO made "significant progress in terms of addressing a number of important and unforeseen problems with regard to the global 0.5% sulphur cap regime only months before the commencement of its implementation and enforcement".

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) is maintaining its opposition to scrubbers as way to comply with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap despite significant investments in exhaust gas cleaning systems by some of its members.

At a time when Europe is “experiencing turbulence such as Brexit”, Greece, with oceangoing shipping and its management as the cornerstone of a development plan can become "a pole of attraction for many shipping businesses and maritime activities”, says Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) president, Theodore Veniamis.

Classification societies have been called on to take a bigger role in the formulating of legislation, rather than just enforcing compliance with the regulations when they come into force.

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) have hit out at the IMO’s approval the use of scrubbers to comply with 0.5% sulphur cap, and called on more maritime nations to “step up” efforts to have safety concerns about the shift to new low-sulphur fuels in 2020 properly addressed by the UN body.

Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) president, Theodore Veniamis has attacked the "intense negativism" towards ocean-going shipping by some sectors, which he also says display a "hypocritical" stance on the issue of environmental protection regarding shipping.

The Greek shipping community was quick to react as outer regions of Athens was ravished by wildfires this week. Indeed, as the death toll climbed to over 80 it could have been much higher if the country's ferry sector had not rushed to rescue hundreds of people driven into rough seas by the massive forest fires raging behind them.

Greek shipowners have been quick to applaud the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) decision to consider safety implications associated with the 2020 marine fuels and their respective challenges.

Talk of regulation was never very far away at Posidonia last week with the 2020 sulphur cap dominating, along with the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions question, and the Ballast Water Management Convention.

Amidst significant challenges both for the shipping industry and for Greece, Posidonia 2018 is set once again to "manifest the resilience, commitment and potential of Greek shipping and Greece”, says Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) president Theodore Veniamis .

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