European shipowners launch ESSF sulphur survey
European shipowners have launched a survey to monitor the economic impact of the 0.1% sulphur requirements for shipping in the European sulphur emission control areas (Secas), which are due to enter into force on 1 January 2015, as foreseen by the amended 2012 EU sulphur directive.
Numerous reports have already been published on the implementation of the new sulphur rules and the ensuing risks of a modal backshift (from sea to land-based transport), but they have so far primarily been based on forecasts. The survey is part of a stepwise approach to ascertain the economic impact of the upcoming sulphur requirements by gathering factual information from ship operators active in the European Secas (the North Sea, Baltic Sea and the English Channel).
The survey is addressed to ship operators who are wholly or partly active in Europe's Secas and it will be repeated on a quarterly basis throughout 2015.
The survey can be found at: