Charterers have shown little sympathy to date with shipowners’ pleadings to share the burden on emissions trading, according to the head of carbon trading at shipbroker Affinity Shipping.

Hugo Wilson this week warned Norwegian shipowners and delegates at a Wilhelmsen Ship Management seminar that there is little time left to convince charterers to rewrite charters — either with their own terms or by including the new standard emissions trading system (ETS) allowance clause proposed by shipowner organisation Bimco.

“We’ve seen very few charterers accepting the Bimco clause,” Wilson told delegates.