A recent meeting of an International Maritime Organization made significant progress on building consensus towards medium-term measures to tackle shipping’s carbon emissions.

But in regulations focused on the short-term horizon, it’s what IMO delegates did not do that stands out.

Malaysia, Panama and three leading shipping groups had urged the United Nations shipping regulator to make exceptions in upcoming Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) regulation to ensure shipowners are not penalised for factors traditionally seen as outside of their control, particularly weather and port congestion.