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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


INTERTANKO presented a paper at Hamburg's second Green Shipping Conference last week. The aim of the conference was to discuss and put forward concepts on environmentally friendly shipping and also to look at a paper produced regarding the subject of a bonus/malus system.

This system essentially referred to the rewarding (bonus) or penalising (malus) of ships depending on their environmental impact, e.g. air emissions and use of reception facilities.

To establish this system, the paper and therefore the majority of the conference, focused on the Port bodies as the administrative authority. This led to a number of misconceptions and inaccuracies being aired during the course of the conference. Many of the views were also inspired by the Erika accident and the subsequent press coverage and regulatory proposals by the EU.

Industry representation in the shape of INTERTANKO and the German Shipowners Association did its utmost to add common sense to the occasion.  Highlighting the need for a more holistic approach to the question of environmentally sound shipping, INTERTANKO raised the issue of responsibilities from the other sectors in the Chain of Responsibility. The German Shipowners Authority also added to this by stating that a bonus/malus system would not solve the problem with only ports being the overriding body, and that other parties such as the charterers also had a major part to play in the role of environmentally sound and safe shipping.

Amongst many presentations focusing on ports and the port system, other speakers laid  the foundations for more industry wide discussion. In particular, Michael Leonard-Williams from DG TREN (transport and Energy) spoke practically of the industry's (and in particular the owners’) positive role in establishing environmental and safety legislation, praising the use of the IMO as a central forum.

One aspect to be drawn from the conference was the need for the tanker industry to ensure that the work being undertaken in this sector with regard to safety and environmental progress is highlighted within the public realm. Furthermore, it illustrated the need for industry to be present and to have a voice at such gatherings. For further information please contact