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Setting the pace for green technology in maritime transport...by Darryl Anderson - Subscriber Access Only

By BCShippingNews 02 June 2016

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change was signed by 175 countries in April 2016. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting, which highlighted the shipping industry’s path for smart, responsible sustainable development, overlapped with the signing. The work of this committee advances the IMO’s vision for shipping that follows the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 in 2013. IMO Secretary-General Mr. Kitack Lim has asserted that sustainability could best be achieved under the comprehensive regulatory framework developed and maintained by the IMO.

Photo above: Fednav's newly built Federal Champlain has an advanced ballast water handling system - noteworthy to be mentioned when discussing green shipping. Photo: Shipspotting/Iappino

While the above achievements are indeed notable, the real test will come with implementation. By capturing industry insights and perspectives from ship owners, container terminal operator, and supplier, the challenges and lessons learned for driving enhanced sustainability can be explored. We quickly learn that green values, company initiatives and improvements extend far beyond mere regulatory compliance. Sound governance structures, integrated team-based business processes, new technology and products are being used collaboratively to set the pace for an enhanced sustainability outcome.

Bulk shipping company insights

Fednav Limited (Fednav) is Canada’s largest ocean-going dry-bulk ship-owning and chartering firm. Their fleet consists of about 100 owned, long-term chartered and spot chartered vessels and includes St. Lawrence Seaway-max-sized bulk carriers, Supramax and Panamax vessels.