ECA in the Mediterranean: Confitarma and Assarmatori are quite skeptical
The two Italian shipowners’ Associations ask the Government to sort out the existing problems before setting a stricter cap on sulphur emissions
The Italian Government confirmed their intention to enforce 0.1% restriction on sulphur emissions on marine fuel in part of the Mediterranean (actually lower than current Low Sulphur Cap), actually forcing Italian shipowners., particularly the ones oeperating or crossing the Sea, to bear high cost to comply with the new regulation.
Assarmatori states this is an ambitious target which, as properly prompted by Minister Costa, can't be processed without also developing in Italy adequate tools which consent the Italian shipping industry to meet such eco-friendly measures while being simultaneously granted alternative fuels (LNG) supplies and adequate technologies already utilized by other countries (i.e. cold ironing).
Maritime shipping market in Italy has moved forward: shipowners already invested in scrubbers to cut CO2 emissions on LNG propelled units, furthermore - continues Assarmatori - port structures should be upgraded before the envisaged international deadline.
Confitarma's President Mario Mattioli, states that: “As from January 1st 2020 the global 0.5% cap will be introduced. Year 2010 EU regulation ordering 0.1% sulphur cap in UE ports was introduced on ECA areas by Appendix VI of the Marpol convention as from 2015.
Essentially, shipping has been deeply committed to comply with such restrictions which prevent environmental damages”.
According to Confitarma such upgrade implies complicated procedures and substantial investments by the whole shipping industry. “We'd better focus on IMO 2020 before launching new initiatives”.