Battle lines drawn for fiery MEPC 70 gathering

Splash 24/7 posted an article titled, “Battle lines drawn for fiery MEPC 70 gathering.” The article reads in part as follows;

“The battle lines have been drawn for what is expected to be a fierce fight at next week’s 70th meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC).

A coalition of shipowners and operators, logistics businesses, suppliers to the maritime industry, industry associations, and NGOs have come out calling for a “clear, ambitious long-term objective” for shipping emissions to be set at MEPC 70

The Danish Shipowners’ Association, Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association, Maersk, Scandlines, J. Lauritzen, Unifeeder, and 45 other businesses and organisations across the shipping and marine industry are calling for the IMO to act on shipping emissions next week.

171 heads of state of the member countries of the IMO have received a letter signed by 51 organisations from within international shipping asking for their help in securing increased environmental legislation for the industry.

There are no plans for this type of legislation currently on the table, and consideration of a global emissions cap for shipping was pushed aside as recently as 2015. The latest call made to the IMO to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-reduction target failed to gain approval.”

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