IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.2, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Marine transport, the environment and climate change: what we are doing, whether it is working and what is left to do
Room C4.2, Convention Centre, Level 4


Maritime and Transport Law Committee (Lead)


Climate change has put pressure on the shipping industry to adapt to new requirements from governments, as well as to expectations from customers requiring the transport of their goods with minimal environmental footprint. New conventions such as the Ballast Water and Bunker Oil conventions are now entering into force. In the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA), the sulphur content is limited to 0.1 per cent and the International Marine Organisation has just agreed a global reduction to 0.5 per cent to apply to most vessel types from 2020. We see many shipowners ordering liquefied natural gas-driven vessels. Is that the solution for the future? For existing ships, there are significant problems and costs relating to the retrofitting of scrubbers or other technologies, which are in their infancy. How will the industry adjust to the forthcoming changes? The topics in this session will include issues relating to alternative fuels, improving marine vessel emission inventory methods, emission reductions and exhaust regulations. The session will also focus on supply chains and climate system impacts, including transport in the Arctic.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Joe Hurley HWL Ebsworh Lawyers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Richard Singleton Blank Rome, New York, New York, USA


Vivian Ang Allen & Gledhill, Singapore, Singapore
Adrienne Cahalan null, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Peter J Cullen North America Regional Officer, Maritime and Transport Law Committee
Antonis Lagadianos LCI Law, Athens, Greece; Newsletter Officer, Maritime and Transport Law Committee