Shipping industry needs to show what it is doing on GHG emissions: USCG

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Forward thinking owners and industry players that act today on Greenhouse Gas emissions will make regulators recognise their progress and performance – that was the message from the US Coast Guard at the annual ABS North America Regional Committee.

The reduction of GHG is set to be the biggest issue facing shipping in the coming decades and this was highlighted at the meeting by Jeffrey Lantz, USCG, director of commercial regulations and standards.

“As Greenhouse Gas reduction targets will dominate IMO in the coming years, this affords the maritime industry as a whole a great opportunity to show what they are already doing and can do in the future,” said Lantz.  “As environmentally forward-leaning leaders, the actions taken today by owners, operators and classification organisations will require regulators to recognize their progress and positive performance.”

Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and ceo, believes digitalisation can be a key part in reaching decarbonisation goals, but safety of shipping must remain at the core of developments. “As we harness digital technologies and innovation to meet 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation objectives, we will need all of their vision and experience to ensure safety standards are not compromised and keep pace with technological advances,” he stated.

Mark Ross, chairman of the ABS North America Regional Committee and president of Chevron Shipping Company, stressed the importance of coming together to work on solutions. “Shipping faces a range of significant regulatory and technological challenges today. By bringing together the leaders of the North American shipping industry, ABS is able to generate powerful insight into the solutions and services that will help us meet those challenges,” Ross said.

 

Posted 4 October 2019

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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