MONTREAL, Sept. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a new report
commissioned by The CSL Group, the dynamics and challenges of Short Sea
Shipping (SSS) industries around the world are fundamentally different
from those faced by traditional trans-ocean shipping. The most
important difference is that unlike a trans-ocean ship, a SSS vessel
competes with other modes of transport, namely road and rail.
Recent regulations passed by the International Maritime Organization
(IMO) and by its Member States that are insensitive to SSS's role as a
safer, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient alternative to land-based
transport, have resulted in the unintended consequence of promoting a
modal shift from marine to road and rail. As indicated in the report
presented this week to the IMO and the International Chamber of
Shipping (ICS), the importance of SSS to global trade and to the
efficient movement of a country's goods and services - whether it is
within one's borders or as part of a regional import/export
infrastructure - is not being fully utilized. Moreover, not only is SSS
essential to a country's industrial strategy, it also plays a key role
in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and congestion problems. "Despite
a global presence counting approximately 16,000 vessels with a combined
deadweight tonnage of 77 million tons, SSS is often overlooked by the
IMO and governments worldwide as a significant contributor to the
social, economic, and environmental well-being of nations," said David
Martin, Owner and Director of The CSL Group. "SSS is often overlooked
because the interests of international shipping tend to drown out the
SSS voices at the IMO and other significant international shipping
bodies." Produced by the Research Traffic Group, Define, Defend and Promote demonstrates the economic relevance of the SSS sector and recommends
five immediate actions:
The IMO should establish a common definition of short sea shipping to
better focus and consolidate the sector's interests globally.
IMO member administrations should establish a mechanism to evaluate and
protect SSS prior to adopting international conventions that may
include the sector. The SSS industry must be consulted by their
A mechanism must be developed within the International Chamber of
Shipping (ICS) to ensure the interests of SSS at the IMO, exclusive of
Short sea shipping nations should implement as policy a defense
of domestic SSS interests when adopting international marine
conventions and subsequent national regulations.
National Shipping Associations must do a better job of providing
relevant socio-economic and environmental data to governments to ensure
they are updated on the full value of promoting the SSS sector and can
avoid the unintended negative consequences of applying trans-ocean
rules to the sector without modification.
To foster environmentally-sustainable, socially-responsible and
competitive cargo shipping, CSL is also calling on
the SSS sector to unite and engage with international organizations and
regulatory bodies to promote the industry.
Define, Defend and Promote can be read or downloaded on CSL's website at www.CSLships.com.
The CSL Group is the world's largest owner and operator of
self-unloading vessels. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada with
divisions based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway,
Singapore and Australia, The CSL Group delivers more than 70 million
tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel,
energy and agri-food sectors.
SOURCE: The CSL Group Inc.