Melbourne: Splash has been leading coverage of COP21 and shipping this week with more than 10 writers contributing articles on what might happen to the industry in the wake of the UN climate talks in Paris. One man with no shortage of opinion on the matter is Warwick Norman, the head of vetting organisation RightShip.
Earlier this week 26 of the 35 charterers that include vessel efficiency in their supply chain selection have come forward to highlight their proactive measures on climate change.
“By using the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Rating to find the more efficient vessels these industry leaders are using their influence to incite change in the maritime industry by rewarding ship owners that prioritise efficiency,” RightShip said in a release.
The 35 charterers that utilise the GHG Emissions Rating, which is now five years old, collectively undertake over 26,000 vessel movements and ship more than 2bn dwt annually. By volume of vetting activities they represent about 72% and by both cargo and chartering customers approximately 60%.
Speaking with Maritime CEO, Norman says: “As countries pledge to make significant reduction in their emissions, the shipping industry will be expected to follow.”
Norman is adamant that the maritime industry has the capacity and technology required to achieve these targets.
“I would be very surprised,” he says, “if a mandate for international shipping was not delivered at COP21 for the IMO to deliver in a short timeframe.”
Norman reckons that the vocalisation of calls from within industry and externally indicate that shipping has not done enough to convince the global community of its achievements to reduce emissions. “It has not been helped by the general poor perception that outsiders have of our industry,” he adds.