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Maritime stakeholder event

Clean air at sea – promoting solutions for sustainable and competitive shipping

Brussels, 1 June 2011

The Maritime Stakeholder Event was co-organised by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) and the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV). Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, and Commissioner Potocnik, responsible for environment opened the event.

Stakeholders and Commission discussed ways for the shipping sector to comply with the new international standard for the sulphur content of marine fuels adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), as reflected in the 2008 amendment to Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, as well as a set of accompanying to ensure competitiveness of the shipping sector.

The discussions were held in the context of the revision of the Directive on the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels (1999/32/EC), which is in its final stages before adoption.

The event gathered relevant public and private stakeholders of the shipping sector and related industries. Around 200 participants representing the International and European maritime community have attended the Event. That included:

  • Representatives of the public sector: regulators and policy makers in maritime transport and environment domains;
  • Delegates from the private sector: shipping industry – shipowners and ship operators; related industries, such as shipbuilding, marine equipment, classification societies;
  • Representatives of leading oil companies and leading associations in the oil refinery industry,
  • Port associations
  • Shippers—pulp and paper industries; and
  • Environmental NGOs.


Session I: Reducing sulphur emission emissions from shipping: standards and regulations

Session II: Industry's perspective on the compliance with the low sulphur requirements

Session III: Compliance strategies

Session IV: Short term accompanying measures to support compliance with the low sulphur standard

Session V: Medium and long term measures to foster sustainable shipping

Session VI: Conclusion