SSI calls on IMO and member states to show urgent leadership

London – 13 October 2016The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today set out what it believes are the required immediate actions for creating a framework to reduce GHG emissions from shipping.

The announcement comes ahead of the landmark Marine Environmental Committee Meeting (MEPC 70, 24th – 28th October), where the SSI believes that the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and all organisations and member states represented at MEPC must demonstrate a commitment to the Paris Agreement’s objective of keeping global warming below two degrees.  This can be achieved by adopting a detailed IMO roadmap for establishing shipping’s ‘fair share’ of global emission reductions to be decided on at MEPC 70.

IMO’s ‘fair share’ discussions should lead to the swift establishment of reduction targets, titled ‘Intended IMO Determined Contributions’, which should be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in order to align IMO’s work with that of the UNFCCC. Defining shipping’s ‘fair share’ of CO2 reductions must be balanced between the required ambition to deliver on the Paris Agreement, and the need to be equitable and affordable for the industry, as well as enforceable on a global basis to ensure change.

The SSI also believes that the baseline for setting emissions reduction targets should be founded upon data from the IMO’s third Greenhouse Gas (GHG) study (2014), and not linked to ongoing data collection and analysis from a global Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) scheme, which will only delay the urgent action that is required.

“Decarbonisation of the global economy is under way. We are now at a crossroads for the shipping industry where it must choose to embark on an accelerated innovation pathway to ensure its long term relevance as the backbone of global commerce,” said Ian Petty, General Manager, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative.

“The industry cannot achieve this alone through enhanced efficiency. It needs help from legislators to create a level global playing field, which will help incentivise the much-needed innovation in the industry. A minimum requirement at the forthcoming MEPC 70 meeting is to adopt a process to define shipping’s fair share of CO2 emissions reductions.”

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About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry.  One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.

 

For further information, please contact:

Nick Blythe

Blue Comms

T + (44) 07917 138 723

E: nick@blue-comms.com

 


SSI Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry - 2016 version

The Roadmap was initially developed in 2016 as a way to provide an overview of the defining factors, milestones, and priorities needed to achieve a sustainable shipping industry. SSI members identified global challenges and trends expected to affect the industry, publishing the Roadmap as a call to action and kickstarting the debate on how the industry would respond.

Note an updated Roadmap launched in December 2020. See the updated Roadmap.

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SSI Celebrates World Maritime Day - 'Shipping Indispensable to the World'

Last week we celebrated World Maritime Day and its theme of ‘Shipping – Indispensable to the World’. For centuries, shipping has been a cornerstone of global trade, and without it the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would not be possible.

World trade’s most important conduit is ocean shipping. Without it much of the last century’s economic and social development would not have taken place, and it’s the foremost reason that we enjoy ready access to such a diverse array of low-cost goods. Put simply, the economies of scale, comparative low cost and environmental efficiencies enable trade that would not be practical with alternative means of transport.

The world fleet consists of over 89,000 merchant vessels (UNCTAD, 2015) which are registered in 150 nations, and they employ more than a million seafarers from almost every corner of the globe. This gives our sector an enormous opportunity to drive changes that can increase employment, prosperity and sustainability.

From NGOs and Ship-owners to Class Societies and Industry Bodies we all have a role to play. As a member-led organisation we understand the critical importance of working together with partners to help facilitate understanding and change in key areas, and by setting norms, raising global standards and investing in the responsible development of the blue economy we can further shipping’s progress towards sustainability.

We look forward to working with our members, as well as those within the industry who are committed to actively engaging and collaborating to drive change, and achieve our Vision of a sustainable shipping industry by 2040.

 

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry.  One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.


The Sustainable Shipping Initiative are proud to be a supporting organisation of The PartnerSHIP

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative are proud to be a supporting organisation of The PartnerSHIP project.

The PartnerSHIP project is a global initiative aimed at creating awareness of the shipping industry by building, educating and fundraising via a virtual online ship. The virtual ship will combine all major merchant ship types as a unique generic design providing a platform to showcase the vast arrays of technologies available and used in today’s merchant fleet.

The two-year project will continuously develop providing a practical online tool for educating the next generation. Additionally, the project hopes to raise £1 million to support a variety of causes.

Currently the shipping industry is virtually invisible to the general public, even though 90% of goods are transported by ship. This lack of awareness has contributed to a decrease in the younger generation taking up maritime careers, especially in Engineering. This has been highlighted in the SSI’s Roadmap to 2040 and must be addressed by the industry.

By supporting projects like the PartnerSHIP we believe that we can take innovative steps to inspire younger generations and demonstrate the varying options and the innovative technologies that are used within the shipping industry.

For further information please go to http://themaritimepartnership.com/

 

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry.  One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.


Ballast Water Management Convention is a Step in the Right Direction

The recent ratification of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) is welcomed by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative. The transport of alien species in ballast water is a major socio-economic and biodiversity threat, and we believe the adoption of the Convention is a positive step for the improvement of ocean health in coastal waters.

The recent controversies over national and regional approaches to the approval standards of the convention must however be resolved swiftly and not penalise owners who have been early adopters of treatment technologies which have met the requirements of the convention at the time.

Proactively contributing to the responsible governance of the oceans is a key part of our Vision to 2040, and our Roadmap and the ratification of the BWMC is a key milestone in reaching this goal.

 

 

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry.  One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.

 

For further information, please contact:

Georgina Routen

BLUE Communications

T: + 44 (0) 7917 138 723

E: georgina.routen@hotmail.co.uk


SSI Delivers First Ever IWSA Wind Innovation Technology User Award to Enercon

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative was pleased to sponsor the International Wind Ship Association Wind Innovation Awards presented at the SMM conference in Hamburg on 8th September 2016.

The Technology User Award recognises companies that are championing the use of wind propulsion on their vessels, through testing, prototype operation and commercial use. Four very different contenders were nominated.

  • Enercon for their E-ship 1,
  • Bore Shipping for their use of Norsepower Rotors,
  • Solar Sailor for the Rigid Opening Sail, and
  • Fair Transport, with the Traditional Sail Cargo.

Each of these organizations is to be commended for the work they are doing and the commitment demonstrated by their willingness to try out new and innovative solutions however based upon a public vote Germany’s wind power specialists Enercon were the winners and it was a great pleasure for Mr Ian Petty, General Manager of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, to be present and to deliver the award certificate, and a fine bottle of Fair Trade Rum, in person to Dr Andreas Schmidt of Enercon.

E-Ship June 2016 Sheet Harbour_ENERCON Canada Inc (11)

It is through collaborative projects like these, and those being undertaken by the many energetic and enthusiastic members of the IWSA, that the development of new technology can be tested, funded and ultimately shown to work. Proving the viability of a new technology is a crucial step in overcoming market reluctance. Industry wide partnerships and coalitions, like the SSI, are taking practical steps to tackle some of the sector’s greatest opportunities and challenge and more effective problem solving happens when resources in talent, experience, finance and infrastructure are combined.

SSI’s own members have also been active in the search for technologies to harness the wind as part of an overall solution to the critical challenge faced by the shipping industry to reduce carbon emissions. With the IMO’s third GHG study predicting that CO2 emissions could increase by as much as 250% by 2050 it is unthinkable and totally unacceptable for shipping not to take responsibility for reducing its output and in so doing contribute to the global CO2 reduction targets outlined in COP21 at the UNFCCC conference in December last year.

 

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry.  One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.


AkzoNobel | Carbon Credits

AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business, International®, has developed the first carbon credits methodology for international shipping, which recognises and financially rewards shipowners for investing in clean technology.

Whilst shipping is the most efficient mode of transportation, the world fleet still emits around 950 million tonnes of CO2annually, equating to around 2.7% of global CO2emissions. In an industry where pressures to improve sustainability are central to competitiveness, profitability and compliance, ship-owners need to look at ways to increase operational and environmental efficiencies. Clean technology is an effective way of delivering this, however, the tough global economic climate, and lack of liquidity often makes it hard for ship-owners to justify the investment.

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Sustainable Shipping Initiative Sponsors IWSA Events at SMM Conference 2016

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative is pleased to be sponsoring two IWSA events at this years’ SMM Conference 2016 being held in Hamburg from 6th – 9th September.

The first event that the Sustainable Shipping Initiative is delighted to be sponsoring is on the 6th September during the Innovation Forum, and is the Panel Discussion between 12pm-12:45pm on the Future of Wind Propulsion & Sustainable Shipping.

The Panellists are;
• Peter Schenzle, Wind Propulsion Specialist, Inventor of Indosail System, & Lecturer at Hamburg University of Technology,
• Ted Shergalis, Co-Founder, Magnuss Services Inc.,
• Brian Boserup, CEO, Blue Technology,
• Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary.

The Forum will be held in the new Hall A5 which is dedicated to green propulsion and IWSA have an extensive agenda with expert speakers and panellists that are sure to provoke discussion and debate about wind propulsion as key to the future of sustainable shipping.

Secondly, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative is thrilled to be sponsoring the Technology Users Award at the Wind Propulsion Innovation Award Ceremony on the 8th September. The nominees for this award are shipping companies that are championing the use of wind propulsion on their vessels through testing, prototype operation or commercial use.

The four shortlisted companies are;
• Enercon – E-ship 1
• Bore Shipping – Norsepower Rotors
• Solar Sailor – Ocius Technology Ltd – the Rigid Opening Sail
• Fair Transport – Traditional Sail Cargo

For the full program of events and more information regarding either of these events please visit the following link; http://wind-ship.org/en/iwsa-smm2016/ 

 


SSI Appoints New Research & Operations Officer

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today announced the appointment of Natalie Vigar as their new Research and Operations Officer.

Natalie will be responsible for providing the technical and operational capacity for SSI activities. Since graduating in 2008, Natalie has undertaken a number of maritime focused research projects on behalf of Southampton Solent University. The focus of these projects has been varied, and includes ship safety, seafarer wellbeing, welfare and education, crewing trends, the image of the shipping industry and assessing the effectiveness of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs). In 2013 Natalie completed an MSc in International Maritime Studies, which focused on the ship operations, international maritime law, ship safety and environmental issues affecting the industry both ashore and offshore.

Ian Petty, General Manager of the SSI commented:-
“We would like to welcome Natalie to the team and look forward to her positive contribution to the work of the SSI and to our members”
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About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry. One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.


The Sustainable Shipping Initiative signs declaration to tackle global wildlife trafficking

London – 16 March 2016 - The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”) has today signed a Declaration to tackle global wildlife trafficking routes. The Declaration was unveiled by The Duke of Cambridge, President of United for Wildlife, and is the culmination of 12 months of work to develop a plan, led by the transport sector, to crack down on illegal wildlife trafficking routes.

The signing of the Declaration is in line with one of the key pillars of the SSI’s Vision for a more sustainable shipping industry, which states that shipping must earn a reputation for being a trusted and responsible partner in the communities that it touches around the world.

The United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration is a landmark agreement, committing to take real steps to shut down the routes exploited by traffickers of the illegal wildlife trade, moving their products from killing field to market place.

The declaration outlines 11 commitments, which have been collaboratively developed over the last 12 months by members of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce. The commitments aim to help support the private sector in fighting the illegal wildlife trade, and include:

  • Increasing passenger, customer, client, and staff awareness about the nature, scale, and consequences of illegal wildlife trade
  • Promoting the Declaration and its Commitments across the entire transport sector and encourage all in the sector to sign up to the Declaration
  • Improving the training of staff within the transport sector to enable them to detect, identify and report suspected illegal wildlife trade, and acknowledge staff who champion this cause
  • Notifying relevant law enforcement authorities of cargoes suspected of containing illegal wildlife and their products and, where able, refuse to accept or ship such cargoes

Over 40 organisations from the transport industries have signed the Declaration, including a number of leading shipping organisations such as Maersk Group, China COSCO Shipping, Dubai Ports World and the UK Chamber of Shipping. Although a number of trade routes are used for the smuggling of wildlife products, shipping is a significant transporter.

Alastair Fischbacher, CEO, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative commented:

“The Declaration is a welcome and necessary step in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. The SSI wholeheartedly supports its aims, and it is an example of how shipping can take ownership and responsibility for improving wider areas of sustainability, working together and helping other transportation and conservation industries, along with local communities, to make a substantial difference on important global issues, such as the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking.”