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SHIP OWNERS NEED SUPPORT, NOT WARNINGS, SAYS PISR

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

With the IMO’s global sulphur cap coming into effect on January 1 2020, CEO of Palau International Ship Registry (PISR), Panos Kirnidis (pictured), sees the pressures on ship owners increasing as they strive to achieve compliance with the new regulation.

"Ship owners need more than a simple warning from regulators as new rules affecting global shipping operations come into play – they need stronger support," he said.

“My frequent talks with ship owners throw up the same points at every meeting: the value that they place on the interactions and work we do for their captains and crew members. This centres on our support for them when dealing with Port State Control Officers (PSCO) and with the advent of the IMO’s global sulphur cap commencing January 2020. Ship owners, operators and managers want more than warnings – they want support and the tools are already here to help them.”

“The global sulphur cap is just another pressure on ship owners and also captains and crew and we need to recognise that many operators in the shipping world need people they can talk to and advice that keeps them sailing. From the start of 2020 the involvement of PSC in fuel related matters could see a significant rise in detentions if non-compliance with the IMO sulphur cap occurs. This is adding further risk to operations and a worrying prospect in the short-term for many ship owners. In an age of digital transformation we need to provide owners and operators with smart technology.  In 2017 we launched our unique Deficiency Prevention System (DPS) which is a dedicated service providing support to prevent deficiencies and detentions causing serious implications with PSC.”

PISR says it was one of the first registries to acknowledge and move towards creating a smarter ship registry operation. Kirnidis sees PISR as leading the way in working more closely with ship owners as they come to terms with new regulations.

“Our role is to support the vessels in our fleet and ensure they remain within the parameters of global maritime regulations. But we also appreciate that continuing threats are no way to keep the industry in check. We don’t believe this is a productive way to keep the shipping world moving. Our view is that we need strong regulations and penalties but these should be supplemented by equally strong support from regulators and ship registries.”

Kirnidis suggests that some ship owners see PSC and the IMO in slightly negative ways and regard them as regulatory policeman and often the cause of their financial and operational problems.

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