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Sunday, December 17, 2017

INTERTANKO at ICC Maritime Transport and Logistics Committee meeting

The International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC's) Maritime Transport and Logistics Committee had on its agenda in particular GHG emissions from shipping and piracy.

 

INTERTANKO's Research & Projects Manager, Erik Ranheim, contributed by clarifying the situation in the IMO with regard to the development of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and Operational Index, and explained the complications and differences of opinion over market-based instruments. He emphasised that shipping is already contributing to reducing GHGs. He pointed out that it was mainly the countries not included in Annex I of the Kyoto Protocol that seem to want to delay IMO decisions, at least until after the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Copenhagen in September. Due to the complicated nature of the issue, the ICC decided not support any particular market-based instrument.

 

The ICC has sent a letter to the Secretary General of the IMO, Thimio Mitropolous, emphasising the importance of global regulations for regulating GHG emissions from shipping.

 

The meeting also supported the newly adopted Rotterdam Rules (the U.N. Convention on Contracts for International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea), because they:

 

·         contribute to the harmonisation of liability regimes for maritime transport;

·         update and clarify the burdens of proof for all parties and the defences of a carrier or intermediary against whom a claim is made;

·         establish procedures and provide clarity of rights and obligations regarding cargo liability to minimise the burden on international trade resulting from excessive litigation;

·         permit all parties wishing to enter into customised ocean transportation contracts to agree to depart from the requirements of international transportation cargo liability regime.

 

Contact: Erik Ranheim