Shipping groups urge data before regulation

Bimco, ICS, Intercargo, Intertanko and World Shipping Council urge IMO to adopt proposal before further carbon dioxide measures.

Five global shipping industry groups are urging the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt a data collection system before adding to regulations on carbon dioxide emissions.

Bimco, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo, Intertanko and World Shipping Council says their proposal represents a unified response to the Paris Agreement on climate change implemented earlier this month.

Precursor to more rules

"The joint industry submission calls on IMO member states to finalise the adoption of a global CO2 data collection system for international shipping, as a precursor to the consideration of possible next steps to address the sector's CO2 emissions," the groups said.

Their joint statement comes on the eve of next week's meeting of the IMO's Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC).

The data collection proposal would build on energy efficiency requirements already being implemented for newbuildings. The amendments require ships to be constructed according to an energy efficiency design index and require vessels to have energy efficiency management plans.

Time line sought

The associations want the MEPC to agree to set a time line to impose a "fair share contribution" on the industry, which they say is responsible for just 2.2% of carbon dioxide emmissions.

"The industry's submission to MEPC 70 is intended to demonstrate that shipping is responding responsibly to global climate change, and that IMO is the only competent authority for addressing shipping's CO2 emissions," the joint statement said.