Shipping industry wants green initiatives but needs more options

A recent survey carried out by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) together with Colfax Fluid Handing, a leader in pumps, systems and Smart Technology solutions for the marine industry has highlighted that 88% of the industry agrees that the ‘Green Agenda’ is good for the global maritime industry, but less than 46% say it actually offers good value for money.

With around 200 responses, the survey also claims that 75% of respondents think the ‘Green Agenda’ can impact business and could act as a success factor, with 78% agreeing that more options need to be made available to encourage companies to invest in green initiatives.

“The survey results are really interesting and clearly highlight that the industry as a whole could use a best-practice guide or a set of options that are clearly available” said John Barnes of the IMarEST. “There are a number of initiatives available to shipping companies, but it is difficult to work out which solutions work, and for whom, when there are so many out there.

One respondent to the survey suggested that “companies are not going to invest [in green initiatives] unless forced to or there is an attractive financial incentive”.

The IMarEST and Colfax Fluid Handling are holding a roundtable discussion which is set to create an industry debate to address what the sector needs to do and discuss going forward.

Ben Martin, Director of Global Marketing at Colfax Fluid Handling added: “Suppliers to the shipping industry have a responsibility to listen to industry leaders, hear what they have to say and then respond to their needs. That’s why Colfax Fluid Handling feels it’s critical to partner with IMarEST on such an important discussion. Our goal is to support the global commercial marine industry and help its leaders secure the best return from investing in green initiatives.”

The ‘Making the Green Agenda Pay’, invitation-only roundtable will take place on 28th October. Chaired by Richard Vie, Vice President of Technical Development and Quality Assurance, Corporate Shipbuilding, at Carnival Corporation & plc and the current President of IMarEST, it has attracted representatives of key organisations who between them cover ship owners and operators, classification societies, cruise lines, industry associations and bodies, academia and suppliers.
Source: IMarEST


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