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Asian Shipowners’ Association ‘confident’ on road to IMO 2020

30 May 2019

The Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA), at its annual general meeting (AGM) in May, said the recent 74th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) has provided the maritime industry confidence in meeting the upcoming IMO 2020 deadline.

“We are now a few short months from 1 January 2020, and whilst the ASA Safe Navigation and Environmental Committee (SNEC) is confident that, in the long run, the shipping industry will eventually settle into a new equilibrium, a great deal of work needs be done in the time remaining,” it said.

“Fortunately, MEPC 74 met earlier this month and was able to demonstrate that it was up to the task of addressing most of the issues facing the industry, such as concerns over testing standards for compliant fuel.

“There will undoubtedly be issues that crop up over the next few months and shipowners are concerned about the complex operational challenges and increased risks they may face post 1 January 2020.

“Nevertheless, the ASA SNEC is confident that the industry, working closely with their respective maritime administrations, the IMO and other stakeholders, will be able to navigate the future together.”

The membership of ASA consist of eight Shipowners’ Association in the Asian region. The members are Maritime Industry Australia Limited, China Shipowners’ Association, Federation of Asean Shipowners’ Associations, Hong Kong Shipowners Association, India National Shipowners’ Association, Japanese Shipowners’ Association, Korea Shipowners’ Association, and National Association of Chinese Shipowners.

A series of earlier MEPC 74 coverage by Manifold Times, focusing on developments, have been organised below:

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RelatedMEPC 74: Agreement reached on scrubber guidance, wash water study
RelatedMEPC 74: Union of Greek Shipowners welcomes ‘significant progress’
RelatedIBIA: MEPC 74 completes IMO 2020 guidelines
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Published: 30 May, 2019

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