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Current issues in shipping

The role of maritime transport is more important than ever in supporting the resilience of national economies during the current crisis. Below current issues paint a picture of the status quo and how we at ICS are supporting our members and our seafarers, who have been heavily affected by the pandemic, COVID-19 related restrictions leaving 400,000 seafarers stranded at sea.

We have also included efforts to decarbonise shipping, including the ongoing negotiations at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), the radical industry proposal for a USD 5 billion fund to accelerate the R&D of zero-carbon technologies and many more.

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2020 Global Sulphur Cap

The introduction of a global sulphur cap has brought radical change to the industry, raising questions about fuel availability, safety and compatibility.

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A review of the STCW Convention 2020

Shipping is a global industry and therefore requires a global regime for governing the competence standards and certification requirements for the approximately two million seafarers employed throughout the world merchant fleet.

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Action on Plastics

While the majority of unwanted plastic in the sea originates from land, shipping also has a part to play in eliminating this hazard to marine and human life

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Black Carbon: the next frontier

After CO2 regulation, the industry is now turning its attention to Black Carbon, a lesser known emission that can contribute to climate change

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Canal Tolls 2020

The Panama and Suez Canals are of great commercial importance to the shipping industry. They are critical to reducing voyage times and fuel costs, as well as the sector’s CO2 emissions.

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Changes to the UN Law of the Sea

A UN initiative aimed at regulating fishing, energy and economic activity on the High Seas could have unintended consequences for shipping

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CO2 Emission Reporting

An EU initiative to publish ships’ CO2 emissions could have serious economic consequences for the industry without delivering environmental benefits

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Competition Law Developments

Anti-trust exemptions for liner shipping companies through Vessel Sharing Agreements (VSAs) bring economic benefits to both shippers and consumers

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Competition Law Developments 2020

Co-operative shipping agreements between liner shipping companies have existed for over a century. The majority of major trading nations continue to acknowledge the importance of containership operators being permitted to share cargo through Vessel Sharing Agreements (VSA), increasing their service offerings and maximising efficiency in terms of frequency, reliability, quality and price.

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Defending the Global Pollution Liability Regime 2020

Ships often operate in difficult sea conditions which present a high degree of physical risk and despite tremendous improvements to the industry’s safety performance, it has not, yet been possible to eradicate, maritime casualties completely.

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