"It doesn't make any sense," said the European Community Shipowners' Association’s secretary-general, Alfons Guinier, in reaction to the plan unveiled earlier by the EC on 1 October.
EC transport commissioner Siim Kallas and climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard said then that the scheme would "feed into" International Maritime Organisation efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions – but also hinted that the EU could also be ready to take "intermediary" measures on its own account while waiting for the IMO to deliver on global measures.
However, Guinier noted: "Shipping is a global industry whether you like it or not. Let's see what comes out of the IMO."
The ECSA firmly opposes any attempt to take action on shipping emissions at regional level, declared Guinier, who added that the EU scheme would be "very difficult" to administer.
Source: Daily Fairplay News 04 Oct 2012