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ICS warning on reducing
GHG emissions

2017-03-27

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Visiting Vancouver as part of a world tour, Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) told shipping industry stakeholders that if the global industry didn't make headway quickly on reducing Green House Gas emissions, it would face regulation from port states in the European Union, and possibly in Canada as well.

"The most pressing issue at the moment is the CO2 debate," Mr. Poulsson told a group of about 30 industry representatives at a reception on March 24 hosted by the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia.

He said that while the ICS favors working to reduce emissions through current International Maritime Organization (IMO) programs, "we fear that unless the IMO makes serious progress" in the next few years "we expose ourselves to EU legislation." He said the same prospect could develop in Canada, and that the industry needed to "influence the Canadian government about many of the good goals that we have."

Mr.  Poulsson said that if market based measures became necessary, the ICS did not want to see carbon trading systems develop. "A bunker fuel levy is the only way to go," he said, adding that revenues could be put toward environmental innovation and initiatives.

 
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