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February 20, 2019

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CSA 2020 critic hardly the EU commission in order to have sent to the IMO a proposal that would place restrictions to the use of the scrubber in order to pull down the polluting emissions of the ships

Adams: the initiative is uselessly creating worries without foundation in a moment in which in the marine industry already real problems exist about consistent fuel

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has manifested extreme worry for a proposal introduced from the EU commission with which the International Maritime Organization (IMO is exhorted) to modify own lines guides on the systems of cleansing of drainage gases (scrubber). CSA 2020 is an organization constituted last September from shipowning companies and other enterprises that operate in the field of the marine transport and in that crocieristico whose primary scope is own that to supply information and data in order to inform the national and international institutions, the not governmental organizations, the several fields of the economy and the industry and the public on the environmental performances and the benefits deriving from the installation on the ships of systems of cleansing of gases of drainage to the aim to reduce the polluting emissions of the marine transport.

CSA 2020 has explained that the proposal of the EU commission, that has been subordinate to the IMO 8th February, speeds up a "appraisal and harmonization" of the drainage of the scrubber in all the world-wide ports, proposal that will be placed to the examination of 74th the session of the Committee for the protection of marine atmosphere (MEPC 74) of the IMO that will hold the next May to London.

"This proposal - the executive director of CSA 2020 has denounced, Ian Adams - represents an attempt of the EU commission to press in order to place restrictions to the scrubber, systems that are accepted world-wise by the IMO, the EU and from other institutions which systems useful to improve the quality of the emissions in the controlled zones".

According to CSA 2020, the EU commission would intentionally have avoided to demand opinions to interested parts before to introduce this proposal: "to two weeks from the definition of a rough draft of the proposal - Adams has asserted - the Commission has subordinate the proposal to the examination of a met working group a single day and therefore it has transmitted it to the IMO. Clearly this has been programmed to the aim to avoid an argument and an open appraisal that a proposal with an impact so immense capacity would demand. In lack of credible data that justify so remarkable removal from the current norms - it has supported Adams - mainly the proposal is based rather on speculations".

"The associates of CSA 2020, that they represent beyond 30 primary companies leader in the field of commercial the marine transport and fleeting - has continued Adams - they invest from years in order to prepare for time their ships to reach the objectives of reduction of the emissions in conformity with the enforced norms of the IMO and the EU, that they approve of the use of scrubber to open cycle and in all waters. To see the Commission to complete this step to little months from the effectiveness of the total norms on the emissions - it has emphasized Adams - represents more than a disappointment".

"The initiative of the EU commission - Adams has still rimarcato - is uselessly creating worries without foundation in a moment in which in the marine industry already real problems exist on the future availability, suitability and cost of the fuel and on the effects that this will have on world-wide the commercial exchanges and on the shipping. Moreover they could be to us implications from the point of view of safety if the ships had to change fuel in next marine areas to elevated traffic to the ports".

"They are sure - it has still supported Adams - than Brussels is absolutely aware of the fact that the current scientific data demonstrate a meaningful improvement of the emissions with the use of the scrubber, without some probable impact on the marine atmosphere. However it seems that the proposal subordinate to the IMO is prepared more with the haste that with meticulousness". The executive director of CSA 2020 has concluded raised the price the dose, supporting that "the proposal of the EU commission does not identify some scientific test about potential risks, but gets lost in hypothesis and speculations on possible levels of polluting agents and on supposed potential risks".

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