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SECA Seminar in Barcelone – Transprime & ESC

On the 22nd of October, Transprime, the Spanish national shippers’ council organised a practical workshop on SECA regulation focusing on the impact this regulation will have on shippers.

The different speakers gave their view on this ground breaking modification of shipping rules (not yet implemented in mediterranean).

In its introduction, Santiago García Mila, the European Sea Port Organisation president said that the topic is a very sensitiv one and that there is no consensus between all stakeholders about further reducing sulphur emissions in mediterranean (further than 0.5%).

Per Bondemark (from SSAB), representing “real life shippers” explained that he have seen an increase of transport rates even with the good behaviour of petrol and general fuel supply. He warned that the shippers need proofs that the SECA standards are being applied before trying to charge any Low Sulphur Surcharge (and that it must represent the reality of the cost increase and not a rough estimation.

Sergio Alda from EMSA remind participants about the way ahead of SECA with the different tolerance limits for the Mediterranean. He also give an interesting insight of some best practice and implementation difficulties in Norther Europe.

The President of TRIDENT Alliance said that keeping vessels under the SECA standards is very expensive, so that there is the need of increasing audits to non compliance companies and to establish clear penalties for those non compliant.

Henri Najjar, Del Viso Lawyer give a very interesting insight on the different implementation of this Directive around concerned countries. Application standards as well as puhisnments are depending on member state legislation and there is no harmonisation yet in Europe. He also insists on the necessity for shippers to be very carefull when dealing with this regulation (mainly bulk shippers).

Arnau Queralt from Catalan Government & delegate from Spanish Government give a speech explaining the reason why she was awaiting for next steps guidance.

The workshop, hosted by the Port of Barcelona, was a follow up of the one organised in Brussels in December 2014 and comes just in time when Spain’s Port of Barcelona plans to start promoting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to tackle growing air pollution (see this press article).

ESC is also organising another event in Antwerp on the 1st of December about container transport. More information on this page.

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This article was posted on October 29th, 2015 by Fabien Becquelin under News