Mandatory slow steaming will give a ‘false impression’ that the shipping industry is reducing its carbon emissions, according to the UK Chamber of Shipping.
Proposals made by France and Greece that call on regulators to enforce a speed limit on international shipping will be discussed at an IMO meeting next week.
Over 100 shipping executives have written to the IMO to urge the adoption of such a regulation, as TradeWinds reported earlier.
But there is no evidence that such limits will result in lower carbon emissions, the UK Chamber said in a release on Tuesday.
“Shipowners have already limited their speed by a considerable amount in the past decade and, whilst these proposals have good intentions, promoting further slow-steaming as a low-carbon alternative for international shipping is just not good enough,” said Anna Ziou, policy director at the UK Chamber.
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