ICC Document & publication

Statement on the Need for an International Solution to the Problem of Air Emissions from Ships

Air pollution from oceangoing ships is one of the most significant issues facing the international maritime and port industries today. The following document calls for the creation of global rules regarding reducing air pollution from ships.

Air pollution from oceangoing ships is one of the most significant issues facing the international maritime and port industries today. It is an issue of particular concern in ports and coastal areas with heavy vessel traffic. The ICC Committee on Maritime Transport, which brings together maritime transport providers, users, freight forwarders and port interests, believes that this is a major international problem that requires an effective and efficient international solution.

The following document calls for the creation of global rules regarding reducing air pollution from ships.

  • ICC asks the IMO to complete its current work and to adopt new, environmentally effective emission standards which will be acceptable to IMO Member States and which take due account of fuel availability considerations.
  • ICC urges those Member States to refrain from taking national, regional or local action on this important issue until the IMO adopts these new standards, which will likely be sufficiently strict to avoid the need for such action.