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SeAat seminar at Intertanko and Intercargo

By • Feb 29th, 2008 • Category: General

Former INTERTANKO Chairman, Lars Carlsson spoke at the INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO U.K. Members’ lunch on ships’ emissions on 20 Feb 2008…

Lars Carlsson was INTERTANKO Chairman (2001 – 2004) and is currently the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Shipping Emissions Abatement and Trading (SEAaT).

All types of emissions from ships are under increasing scrutiny from regulators and Carlsson discusses why it is vital for the industry to be pro-active in finding solutions to further reduce emissions from ships. Over the last 30 years, the industry itself has made improvements through optimised hull and propeller designs, more efficient engines, and particularly the dramatic change in transport patterns via larger ships and the use of economies of scale. All these improvements are the result of significant investments and technological innovation.

However, despite these improvements, shipping and ship owners are expected to be actively involved in future regulatory, technical and operational developments aimed at further reducing emissions from ships. An emission reduction trading exchange would facilitate tracing the most cost-effective methods and continuously keep a price tag on emission reductions. SEAaT would welcome a dialogue with the shipping organisations and major stakeholders to reduce emissions in a cost-effective manner.

Carlsson is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Shipping Emissions Abatement and Trading (SEAaT). SEAaT was founded in 2002 by Shell, BP, Stena, Carnival, P & O, Teekay and the national shipowners’ associations of Norway and Sweden. SEAaT’s vision is to reduce the harmful air emissions from ships towards an ultimate target of zero. Carlsson was President of Concordia Maritime for 20 years and advocated safer tankers and best shipping practices. He was Chairman of INTERTANKO from 2001 – 2004 and was a Board Member of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the International Tanker Operators Pollution Federation Ltd. (ITOPF) for 10 years.