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COP 17: Will a levy on bunkers do the trick?
Will it motivate shipping companies to consider trying new ways of making their ships more efficient?

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Heinz Otto - Windships
15th November 2011
HI Chris Geater,
many thanks for your remarks to:
COP 17: Will a levy on bunkers do the trick? I repeat it as loud as I can, and ich wrote today this to the ICS:
Dear Mr. Hincliffe (and in copy "vips" to this matter of climate protection in Germany),
with respect to your work for the whole shipping branche in the ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), I have to say:

It is not satisfying at all, this less amount of GHG-emission reducing goals, you suggest in the added File of the ICS.
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The wind was thousends of years the power of your business. And you really do not know the latest developments in this field? incredible !
I will do everything I can , that the IMO shall lost their responsibility of self controll of GHG minimizing.
This long time system of controling, metering and certificate installation is not able, to get results as quick as possible.
Check for your own the , and there the report 116.
If this will nor reach your mind, then it seems, it will go on with the green washing of the world merchant fleet, instead of use the wind again for propulsion of -at first- bulker-ships.
I wish you succes in the meaning of the letter of mine.
Heinz Otto
Robert Walsh - Walsh Ship Consultancy
11th April 2012
I see that the choir continues to sing to itself. Let's see in 2008 bunkers were $500 a ton and now in 2012 they are $700 a ton. The increased cost of bunkers continues to be passed along within the multi-tiered contractual system of shipping. So what new technology has been implemented beyond speed reduction? A $25 tax certainly will not drive improved efficiency. Rather than penalties, like taxes, maybe there should be positive incentives for reducing GHG for increased efficiencies. Creating such market-based incentives should prove to be challenging for our global industry.
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