He made this remarks at the recent JOC Events Container Trade Europe Conference at Hamburg.
“The key to keeping the playing field level is for IMO member countries to be very clear and very public in reminding the industry that compliance will be required for everyone. And beyond that, national governments have to follow up to make sure that vessels flying their flags and calling their ports are obeying the law. In a sense, implementation of the IMO 2020 sulphur rules is both a challenge and an opportunity for the IMO community.
“If the IMO and its member states can show that they have the political will to make sure that IMO 2020 is a success in terms of human health, the environment, and a commercial level playing field, then that will set a very valuable baseline for tackling an even more difficult task, which is the task of drastically reducing and eventually eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.”