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Class Societies, Ports & Others
Class societies and ports, as well as other stakeholders, such as shippers associations, NGO’s, consultants and regulators have a crucial role to play in improving the efficiency of the international shipping fleet.
Port authorities and port operators can spur the shipping industry to take advantage of the potential carbon and fuel cost savings available.
Class societies can provide shipowners, operators, shippers/charterers and technology and measure providers with the verification, assurance and approval required to ensure efficiency measures are safe, reliable and – crucially – achieve savings in fuel, carbon and money.
ShippingEfficiency.org and its partners, have developed a call to provide port incentives, in the form of a letter that will see efficiency benchmarking such as the EVDI increasingly used as a benchmark for offering incentives to efficient ship owners and operators when entering port.
As EEDI and SEEMP become integral to owning and operating vessels, class societies will find commercial opportunity.
But also, as existing vessel owners and operators look to improve their efficiency, under pressure from shippers/charterers perhaps, or to reduce fuel costs themselves, so the class society will have to ensure and verify accurate efficiency data.