InterManager president expresses concern at implications of 2020 sulphur cap

At this week’s London gathering of ship managers for the AGM of industry trade body InterManager, InterManager President Björn Jebsen told the audience that meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s maritime trade was at the forefront of ship managers’ focus as they developed strategies “to meet environmental targets and embrace fast-paced technological advances in our industry”.

However, Jebsen said at the London offices of Willis Towers Watson that ship managers were concerned about the potential impact the 2020 sulphur cap  might have on vessel operation and crew safety. “We appreciate that 2020 will pose a serious challenge on many levels, not just in terms of the environment and economic measures but also in relation to human health”, he said. “We must ensure we approach matters carefully, doing our homework and considering all angles.”

Jebsen said that 2018 had been a very successful one for the InterManager, particularly its roles as an NGO with the International Maritime Organization where it attends meetings on behalf of its membership and the wider ship management sector.

He noted that this summer the IMO adopted some of the findings from the important crew fatigue research project Martha, with which InterManager had been actively involved for several years.

At the conclusion of the AGM the Executive Committee re-elected Björn Jebsen to serve as President of InterManager for a further two years.