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FERRY INDUSTRY UPBEAT IN ADVANCE OF ANNUAL EVENT

FERRY INDUSTRY UPBEAT IN ADVANCE OF ANNUAL EVENT

Friday, September 10, 2021 

Global trade association Interferry sees a surge of optimism from the industry as it plans its 45th annual conference, which will take place in Santander, Spain, in October.

The Brittany Ferries-hosted conference, themed The Future is Ferries, is seen as a showcase for positive solutions and prospects in response not only to Covid-19, but also to climate change and other major challenges. Results from a recent survey will be presented by London-based transport and logistics specialist LEK Consulting, which is researching the European ferry market’s recovery prospects following the Covid crisis. Ferry opertaors are being advised to plan for an upturn in passenger and freight business, with changing attitudes to travel modes, suggesting ferry travel as a preferred alternative to aviation.

Several sessions will be devoted to environmental issues – including sustainable newbuilds, the drive towards ship and shore zero emissions and the latest regulatory developments.

A regulatory update will focus largely on agreed and proposed requirements for reducing GHG emissions.  Through its consultative status at IMO, Interferry has secured sector-specific technical solutions under EEXI – due in force from January 2023 – and has helped to devise a fair operational efficiency dataset for the parallel Carbon Intensity Indicator. The regulatory review will examine a string of unilateral proposals from the European Union.  The measures include Fuel EU Maritime – which sets limits on the GHG content in maritime fuel and requires passenger vessels to use berth-side power supply – and the integration of shipping into an Emissions Trading Scheme.

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