It will be interesting to see if the member states will lift the obligation to ensure fair competition.
Being concerned with enforcement even in the EU, what about the global cap? Will it be possible to ensure a proper enforcement in other parts of the world? How can we prevent that compliance some places will be met by handing over a brown envelope? Will it be necessary with more monitoring and electronic logging to ensure a level playing field?
At the end of the day it is all about creating and maintaining a level playing field for the shipping industry to operate within. “International shipping cannot operate on a skewed playing field where deliberate non-compliance puts some players at a competitive advantage, while others might be put out of business”, explains Mortensen.
The formation of international shipping associations, many established more than 100 years ago, was based on the need to ensure fair competition. The instigation of IMO was based on a similar need and IMO has always lived up to that expectation. “It will be interesting to see if the member states will lift that obligation”, Mortensen adds.