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It seemed clear to everyone gathering in New York that the acceleration needed to move the shipping industry closer to the 1.5°C scenario will require unprecedented regulatory intervention, radical scaling of alternative fuel production and fleet readiness, disruptive technology inventions and substantial willingness to invest. But is shipping making any progress towards those goals?
The vessel is being added to the owner’s VLCC fleet of more than 50 ships, of which more than 60% are eco-designed tonnage
Shipowners appear to be feeling pretty sanguine about the introduction of new carbon ratings from January 2023. Yes, there might be some slowing down and some retrofitting, but the initial implications are pretty limited. Or are they? Has the industry genuinely understood the implications of CII? Or are the owners suffering from boiled frog syndrome?
Shipping finance is grappling with the big question of what is pragmatic and achievable as opposed to idealistic but over-ambitious when it comes to climate goals. Those at the top are struggling to maintain a vision, while the squeezed middle is happy to pay for availability and focus on the immediate markets.
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‘The shipping industry itself has set itself a pretty mealy-mouthed target of 5% by 2030. I think that 15% is a respectable target. By 2030 we shouldn’t have any engines which are not dual-fuel capable so that by 2040, we’ve got a shipping industry which can go carbon neutral.’
‘We are at an inflection point. First mover activities are going to inform and inspire the rest of the industry. They need to be enabled and supported, meaning that individual governments need to engage in this process and make sure that we have regulation in place that supports it in the interim until we get global regulation in place.’
‘We need to get closer to our customers and co-operate on making this industry more efficient. Because there’s so much waste. The moment you put a value on carbon and decreasing the carbon footprint, I think that people have a tendency to be more friendly, open to discuss and see how they can co-operate together.’
‘There are some tough decisions to be made, but I think the reality is the old business models that we had are not going to survive this and I think that a lot of companies will have to figure out how they actually deal with this. So, I really want to see that happening between us and our clients and I believe that that will mean a dramatic change of the contractual relationship that exists between the two of us.’
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