Shipowners and associations have voiced dismay at the European Parliament’s vote to include shipping in the emissions trading system (ETS), saying such regional rules would hamper efforts at the International Maritime Organization to develop a fairer global regime.

On Wednesday, the parliament’s Environment Public Health and Food Safety Committee agreed to a series of amendments to the European Union’s system for monitoring, reporting and verifying CO2 emissions from maritime transport.

Among them, commercial operators of ships of 5,000 gt or more will be responsible for the emissions of their ships during voyages to, from and between EU ports.