Regulators in the cross-hairs at Nor-Shipping opening session

Oslo: Regulators came under attack in the opening session of the Nor-Shipping conference this morning. The high calibre lineup of panellists demanded that the IMO and other regulatory bodies are more proactive and think longer term when enacting new laws.

Sturla Henriksen, the ceo of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, said it was vital that there was a regulatory framework that was predictable, while Admiral Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the US Coast Guard, called for the IMO to be more proactive, and less reactive.

Henriksen said that the IMO is often overtaken by regional and national matters, which impedes legislative progress.

The panel also discussed LNG as a fuel onboard with Thomas Rehder, managing partner at Carsten Rehder and president of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations, saying that if the Norwegian NOx fund was brought onto a European level that could be the kick-start for greater LNG use as a fuel. Rehder also called for the US to open up domestic routes to foreign operators.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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