European Shipowners to Adopt Integrated European Union Policy for Arctic Region

Tuesday / December 20, 2016

European shipowners welcomed earlier this year the adoption of the integrated European Union policy for the Arctic region. “We believe that the three priority areas identified cover all topical Arctic matters. Climate change and environment, sustainable development and international cooperation all deserve equal attention”, said ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven.

As the European Commission is implementing the EU policy and as the European parliament is working on its own-initiative report, European shipowners now adopted a position paper endorsing a number of EU actions that are expected to concretely improve polar shipping conditions.

“We do expect polar shipping to grow in volume in the coming years and are indeed pleased that precautions have been taken to ensure safety of life at sea. The sustainability of this highly sensitive environment cannot be compromised”, said Patrick Verhoeven. “While the IMO remains the prime regulator for the shipping industry, we appreciate that the EU supports the efforts to implement the Polar Code. We also endorse the actions included in the policy that will concretely improve polar shipping conditions and help overcome the challenges we are confronted with in the area”, he added.

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