The administrative committee of the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo), sent their messages during a press conference in Athens.
More specifically, it was pointed out that:
- Dry bulk shipping will meet the environmental targets set by the International Maritime Organization for 2030.
- The goal of using 5% of alternative green fuels by 2030 is very difficult to achieve, since there is no suitable infrastructure on land, and the new fuels do not yet exist.
- Conventional fuels will be used in shipping for another 20 years.
- An important solution for reducing the environmental footprint of shipping in the coming years, especially for the existing fleet, is expected to be the carbon capture & storage systems.
- It is not possible to achieve decarbonization in shipping having put the ships in a specific regulatory framework, while there are no provisions for the other links in the chain.
- The carbonization of shipping must be done in a safe way (safety).
- Common rules for international shipping are needed.
- It is necessary for shipping to cultivate the ground for new seamen since there is a great shortage.
The agreement with Rightship
Intercargo president Dimitris Fafalios revealed that the association is in talks with Rightship, a private body set up by charterers to rate ship efficiency. Intercargo’s special advisor, Dimitris Monioudis, said that the goal is to jointly create an independent organization that will be made up of representatives of shipping companies as well as charterers. Rightship has announced that it will change the rating methodology of the ships, in order to give a correct picture of the ships by ship class, tonnage and routes.
The president of Intercargo also made special reference to the bureaucracy that shipping has to deal with.