Barry Parker

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Bouchard Bankruptcy Case: Not Yet At the Dock

Usually, when a company announces that it is re-organizing under “Chapter 11”, the idea is that the company will re-organize its balance sheet (usually, with debt holders gaining ownership of...

August 10, 2021
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Thursday, June 17, 2021
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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...

June 17, 2021
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Saturday, June 12, 2021
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‘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...

June 12, 2021
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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,...

June 3, 2021
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Thursday, April 29, 2021
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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....

April 29, 2021
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
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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...

March 3, 2021
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
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IMO Tackles Shipping’s Decarbonization

Decarbonization is indeed “a thing”, as Millennials might say. The problem that I have writing on the topic- and presumably that readers have, is that the timeframes can be very...

February 17, 2021
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Monday, February 1, 2021
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IMO Hails ‘Extremely Smooth’ IMO 2020 Transition

Some observers have compared IMO2020- the restrictions on sulfur in marine fuels which took effect on Jan 1, 2020 -with the Y2K drama of two decades back. During the Y2K...

February 1, 2021
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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...

December 16, 2020
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Monday, November 23, 2020
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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...

November 23, 2020
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Friday, November 20, 2020
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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...

November 20, 2020
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Friday, November 13, 2020
Maritime News

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...

November 13, 2020
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Friday, November 6, 2020
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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...

November 6, 2020
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