What are the key challenges still facing the shipping industry to resolve the crew change issue and prevent a recurrence?
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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.
Graph to show variation of Sulphur emissions between emission controlled areas and outside emission controlled areas
Diagram showing the IMO's plan for ship improvements from 2013-2050
Graph to show the Oil consumed per hour by a ship on average and how this has varied over time
The amount of oil spilled by ships varies from year to year and figures for a particular year can be distorted by a single large incident. However, in general terms, shipping has shown a marked downward trend in the amount of oil spilled each year.
The shipping industry is a small contributor to the total volume of atmospheric emissions compared to road vehicles and air transport (see graph below) as well as public utilities such as power stations, and atmospheric pollution from ships has reduced in the last decade.
Ambitious IMO targets to cut GHG emissions 50% by 2050 will require a fourth revolution in shipping propulsion, based on new fuels and technology
Findings reflect the industry’s ongoing efforts to decouple trade and emissions growth / Governments must get behind the adoption of the international R&D fund proposal submitted to the IMO last year.
A preliminary study commissioned by ECSA and ICS on the legal, technical, practical and political implications of application of the EU Emissions Trading System to international shipping, and potential benefits of alternative Market-Based Measures from July 2020.