Interferry and IMO conclude successful Africa Ferry Safety Seminar in Dar es Salaam

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A collaborative effort to elevate ferry safety standards in Africa concluded April 17th, after a two-day intensive seminar co-hosted by Interferry and the International Maritime Organization. Over 100 participants from across the African ferry industry and Interferry´s global network convened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, united in the wake of recent regional tragedies.

The association fielded a delegation of 15 seasoned professionals from its worldwide operator and supplier members, whose purpose was to listen, exchange experience and share best practices on both operational and regulatory levels. Open discussions focused on critical areas impacting safety, including ticketing and passenger counting, cargo loading and stowage, vessel design and classification, insurance and financing, management culture and technical management, incident reporting, and the crucial role of political will in driving safety improvements.

The IMO must take the bull by the horns

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“To supercharge the green shift, we need a clear zero-emissions target by 2050, a market-based levy on CO2 emissions and an improved set of efficiency measures, and as our industry’s global regulator the IMO is the body to do it – and fast. We no longer have the luxury of time,” writes Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) CEO Harald Solberg.

“In the wake of this year’s Nor-Shipping, it was clear to me in all the conversations I had both on and off the record that momentum is growing across the industry to push for higher targets on decarbonization, faster technology development and improved efficiency throughout the value chain to tackle the climate crisis.”

“My post-fair summary to all our global partners is that the Norwegian shipping community will continue to be a loud and leading voice in that process. The NSA launched its own ambitious climate strategy in 2020, under which our members, firstly, will only order vessels based on zero-emission technology from 2030, and secondly, will operate a climate-neutral fleet by 2050.”

“IMO’s current climate strategy was adopted in 2018 with a goal to reduce total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels. The strategy also called for the development of short-term measures to help achieve this goal, including energy efficiency standards for new ships and the development of the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) for existing ships.”

“The NSA stands firmly behind the IMO. We continue to believe that maritime regulations should be developed to the greatest extent possible at the global level under its direction. This is the best way to ensure fair competition and an optimally effective regulatory framework, versus a patchwork of regional regulations that would be unnecessarily burdensome in terms of cost and compliance.”

“It is our view that the IMO urgently needs to adopt a more ambitious strategy along the same lines as our own. We advocate setting an unequivocal zero-emissions goal by 2050 and the implementation of a market-based mechanism that puts a price on GHG emissions from international shipping. The latter is absolutely crucial to reduce emissions globally. The income from a CO2 levy should, in turn, be used to finance the green transition by reducing the price of alternative energy sources.”

“In addition, the CII has shown significant weaknesses, including unintended consequences that may cause the distortion of vessel trading platforms to achieve better rankings, which in a worst-case scenario could lead to higher fuel consumption and more emissions. New and more efficient measures are necessary instead of a ‘one size fits all’ dynamic based on nautical miles sailed.”

“The 80th meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC-80) in July will decide on the IMO’s revised climate strategy. We cannot shrink away from our shared responsibility to transform maritime transport, and with the IMO in the vanguard I believe we can get there – together and on a level playing field.”

“To conclude, as the international regulator of our industry we need the IMO to show strong and tough leadership. The July meeting will be seen as a key milestone, and bold decisions are required. Any loopholes need closing and there is no time to waste.”

Assarmatori: Italian Shipowners ask the revision of the IMO’s CII (Carbon Intensity Indicator)

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In a statement, Assarmatori President Stefano Messina’s says that the Italian Shipowners are concerned about the IMO’s new CII, “whose metrics urgently need to be revised.”

“As it is conceived today, it leads to effects opposite to those of environmental protection, penalising precisely the Italian vessels that every day ensure the shift from road to sea.”

“ETS revenues derived from maritime services in Italian ports must be allocated to the research and development of new technologies for maritime transport, such as alternative fuels. Again, we have reiterated how these fuels are unfortunately not yet available on a large scale with no adequate distribution and storage network in ports”, Messina concluded.


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IMO’s New Regulations Turns Into A Challenge For The Greek Ferry Operators

Fleet renewal, oil crisis and the new IMO fuel regulations are gradually become a challenge for the further development of the Hellenic Coastal Lines.

More specific the IMO’s new fuel regulations for low sulphur content (3,50% to 0,50%), which will come into force on 1 January, 2020 have upset the Greek ferry operators as both ship owners and fuel companies are very anxious in order to manage to address the smooth transition to the new low-sulphur fuels in a very short timeline.

The additional cost that is expected for the Greek ferry operators is estimated to reach EUR 70 million per year, while economic analysts predict that it can even reach 100 million. All this burden will fall on the back of a domestic sector that has struggled for many years.

According to the Association of Passenger Ship Operators (SEEN) data, within the Greek Ferry Scene operate 74 ferries, 53 of which are conventional ferries and 21 high-speed crafts. From these, only ten are over 40 years old, while at the end of the next decade 31 of them will be over 40 years old. Fact which means that their replacement will be considered to be necessary.

The Chairman of the Association of Passenger Ship Operators, Mr. Michalis Sakellis, made some interesting points in order to highlight the situation within the Greek Ferry Scene:

  • It is well known that the main economic problem of almost all ferry operators, particularly in recent years lies in the constant rise in oil prices.
  • From January 1, 2020 the cost of fuel is expected to raise significantly (EUR 60-70 million per year).
  • Ferry operators should discuss with the government the possibility of reducing VAT rates to 13% or even 6% like other countries of the European Union that have ferry system. Also, they should discuss the possibility of securing European funds for the financing of public service routes, which will certainly help Greek ferry operators to finance the high costs of their ferries’ compliance to the new regulations. Otherwise there will be a potential increase in ticket fares.
  • Scrubbers cannot be installed on all Greek ferries as there are technical problems. Old ferries cannot be converted as there is no commercial logic on that. Ferry operators will not take that money back from such an investment.
  • Scrubbers will mainly be installed on ferries that have high fuel consumption. However, in that way the company will have a big investment that it has to support at any cost. So, the solution will inevitably be the VAT reduction.
  • Minoan Lines is the only ferry operator in Greece today that has installed scrubbers on its three large cruise ferries that ply on the Piraeus-Heraklion and Piraeus-Chania lines.
  • If there is no reaction with direct measures, then the Greek Ferry Scene will kneel down and the Hellenic Coastal Lines will gradually be lost. That sector contributes annually to the Greek GDP 13 billion euros or 7.3%.



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IMO Adopted Action Plan To Address Marine Plastic Litter From Ships

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted on 26 October the action plan, to contribute to the global solution for preventing marine plastic litter entering the oceans through ship-based activities.


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Interferry Welcomes EEDI Status Quo For Ro-Ro Vessels

Interferry has welcomed the decision by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to uphold previously agreed sector-specific Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) targets for ro-ro passenger and ro-ro freight vessels.


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ESPO Applauds EU Role In Achieving The IMO Agreement On CO2 Reduction Target For Shipping

ESPO welcomes the agreement reached at global level within the IMO to peak CO2 emissions from shipping as soon as possible and reduce them by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels. For European ports, the agreement reached last week is a real milestone and sends a strong signal that the IMO can take action.