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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shipping's Environmental Challenges top the agenda at Panama Maritime IX

In his keynote speech to Panama Maritime IX, the International Maritime Organization's Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos set out the principal environmental challenges facing the shipping industry today. He then outlined the IMO's programmes responding to these and its success in developing measures to protect the marine and atmospheric environment.


INTERTANKO's Managing Director Dr Peter Swift, in an upbeat presentation (to view click here), spoke of both the regulatory and voluntary initiatives to reduce the emission of classical pollutants (SOx, NOx, PM) and Green House Gases (principally CO2) from shipping, citing examples to date and work currently in progress. Other speakers addressed ballast water and sediment control and shipping's "green" agenda.


In his remarks, Swift also congratulated the Panama Maritime Authority on recently achieving ISO 9001:2000 certification and its successful completion of the IMO's voluntary Flag State Audit. He also joined others in welcoming this month's ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention by Panama (see separate story). The importance of this ratification was also highlighted by ILO Director Cleopatra Dumbia-Henry who spoke of her hope for its entry in to force by 2011.


The well-attended Conference, and associated exhibition, was apprised of the latest developments in the expansion of the Panama Canal and the present adherence to the timetable and budget, as well as the effects of the global economic downturn on world trade.


Contact: Peter Swift