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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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Seafarers and Automation

The development of automated ships needs to be carefully regulated to ensure safety, but there should be positive repercussions for seafarers

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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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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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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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Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, or ‘scrubbers’, offer an attractive alternative to low sulphur fuels but the industry needs to take a global approach based on clear scientific data

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Marine insurance issues

Insurers are increasingly engaging with regulatory issues in shipping, as shown by discussions over the 2020 sulphur cap.

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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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Reviewing the Minimum Wage

A periodic review of ratings’ salaries takes into account the value of the US dollar versus the cost of living in seafarer countries, in an effort to provide a fair wage for the world’s sailors

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