CSA 2020 Committee members met with the Lloyd’s List editor Richard Meade and news reporter Anastassios Adamopoulos at Lloyd’s List’s London HQ on the 3rd of May to discuss the merits of open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems.
In a subsequent podcast, Mr Adamopoulos said that the formation of CSA 2020 has helped open up the debate surrounding EGCS, but MEPC 74 will provide a better understanding of the global sentiment and how much of an impact the Alliance has had since it formed in September 2018.
Mr Meade added: “The central tenet of their argument is that we should be engaging in a far more scientific debate, one that is supported by evidence rather than politics and emotion and I think it is fair to say they have a point. I think we are engaging in a political discussion.”
Markets Editor Michelle Wiese Bockmann furthered that the fuel spread could mean that those that have invested in scrubbers will be “really happy with the numbers”, despite market uncertainty, because the market is not behaving as expected in the lead up to 2020.
Pictured above from left to right: Lloyd’s List Editor Mr Richard Meade; Mr Hamish Norton, President, Star Bulk Carriers; Mr John Wobensmith, President Genco Shipping & Trading; Mr Christopher Free, General Manager, Environment & Sustainability, Oldendorff Carriers; Mr Ian Adams, Executive Director, CSA 2020; Capt. Mike Kaczmarek, Vice-President, Corporate Marine Technology, Carnival Corp, and Chairman CSA 2020; and Mr Anastassios Adamopoulos, news reporter, Lloyd’s List.
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