The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) on Friday (8 March) says it accepts the decarbonisation challenge of IMO 2020 and looks forward to a constructive dialogue with all stakeholders in the coming years.
“We embrace the challenge and are committed to take the global lead for a greener future,” notes ECSA President Panos Laskaridis in response to a speech by IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim at a recent high-level event in Brussels.
“We are working hard to deliver on our sustainable potential, and call for R&D support from the European institutions”.
“The adoption of the IMO initial strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships and the entry into force of the 0.50% sulphur limit will contribute greatly to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants,” said IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim.
“In this regard, the collaboration and cooperation of all stakeholders, in particular the industry and the positive role they play in the regulatory process is of immense value, and greatly appreciated.
“I cannot stress enough how important this year is, in terms of our work and preparation. I can assure you, this year, IMO is focussing on implementing the follow up actions of the initial strategy and eliminating all uncertainties related to IMO 2020 before its entry into force”.
With a new European Parliament and European Commission coming into office in the coming months, ECSA found it timely to stand still and exchange views on how the EU shipping industry can cooperate with its European regulators.
It has unveiled its strategic priorities for EU shipping policy, which will guide the association’s activities vis-à-vis International and European regulators for the next five years.
“Europe should be proud of its shipping heritage. The EU shipping industry is the most important geostrategic asset of the EU and is committed to turning current challenges into a growth opportunity for Europe,” explains Laskaridis.
“We can only retain that position if the policy framework allows and encourages us to be competitive.”
ECSA’s strategic priorities for EU shipping policy for the next five years can be found here.
Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 12 March, 2019
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