Artikel Nummer: 4086

Shipping industry urges EU to help with ship conversions

In anticipation of the first meeting of the newly established European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) on 27 November 2013, several bodies representing the shipping industry have jointly urged the European Commission to provide support in meeting the IMO requirement for 0.1% sulphur content in marine fuel by 2015.

The bodies encourage the European Commission to primarily address financial support for ship conversions and to consider the timely application of any additional transitional measures in order to ensure an appropriate enforcement of the sulphur directive (directive 2012/33/EU). Furthermore, the shipping industry is of the opinion that, if factual analysis within the ESSF corroborates that the 0.1% limit will have detrimental effects on the sustainability of maritime transport, then the Commission and member states should commit to taking corrective action.