The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) held their Annual Meetings in London, from 18-20 May, at the invitation of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
‘The representatives of national shipowners’ associations, from the membership of 40 countries, discussed a number of important issues of concern to this major global industry. The meetings coincided with the Centenary of ISF (the principal international maritime employers’ organisation for shipowners) which held its first meeting in London, in May 1909. REDUCING SHIPPING’S CO2 EMISSIONS ICS reiterated its commitment to helping governments at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) deliver a package of proposals for reducing the global shipping industry’s CO2 emissions, for consideration by the UNFCCC climate change Conference in December 2009. “We very much hope that UNFCCC will agree that the development and management of detailed measures for shipping should be directed by IMO. As the industry’s global regulator, IMO has successfully delivered an agreement on reducing pollutant emissions such as sulphur from ships, an issue just as complicated as CO2 but on which an impressive global consensus has been achieved.” said ICS Chairman/ISF President Spyros M Polemis.