Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
IMO MEPC 76 Wraps: The Voyage Starts, With Many Shoals Ahead
By Barry Parker The IMO’s Secretary General, Mr. Kitack Lim, had laid down the gauntlet to delegates participating in the Marine Environment Protection Committee’s MEPC 76 meetings, stresses the need...
Saturday, June 12, 2021
‘Failure Not an Option’ as IMO Opens MEPC 76 Climate Meeting
By Barry Parker The much anticipated meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), officially MEPC 76, kicked off its first two days of sessions this...
Thursday, June 3, 2021
A Club for Old Sailors? New York Times Article Blasts IMO’s Secrecy
By Barry Parker Shipping’s relationship with the general news media has never been a good one. Secrecy of individual companies, based on tradition, and perhaps- fear of divulging competitive secrets,...
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Lookout on the I.M.O. Sailing Up the Clyde to Glasgow
The greening of shipping, as well as other transport modes, is a major theme for the first half of 2021, happily- stealing headlines from 2020’s steady diet of bad news....
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
IMO Seen as Best Suited for Developing a Future Carbon Market for Shipping
By Barry Parker (gCaptain) – The International Maritime Organization is expected to codify a transitional (i.e. 2030) energy efficiency pathway for commercial ships in an upcoming meeting in June of...
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
For Maritime Workers, ‘Essential’ Designation Should Include Access to Vaccine
As COVID-19 vaccines emerge, the importance of allowing travel and vaccinating maritime workers, who are viewed as “essential” in certain (but not all) cases, has come to the fore. The...
Monday, November 23, 2020
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee Meeting Concludes: More on Shipping’s $5 Billion Decarbonization Proposal
By Barry Parker, Correspondent “You have to start somewhere.” While nobody used this phrase specifically, the IMO, in its just concluded virtual session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee, officially...
Friday, November 20, 2020
IMO’s CO2 Reduction Initiatives: The Voyage Towards Codification
By Barry Parker, gCaptain Correspondent After considerable anticipation, the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed on draft amendments to the MARPOL Convention which...
Friday, November 13, 2020
IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee Addresses Crew Change Crisis – Better Day for Seafarers Coming and Going
By Barry Parker – Repatriation of seafarers has been one of the most vexing issues facing the maritime industry throughout 2020, as Covid-19 has ravaged the world. Port States, however...
Friday, November 6, 2020
IMO Charting Passage Plan for Reducing Shipping’s ‘Carbon Intensity’
By Barry Parker – Over the past year, “sustainability” has ratcheted upward to the top of the shipping industry’s radar. The activity will be ramping up now as the International...
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