UK Defence Club launches guidance on shipping’s green transition


The UK Defence Club, a leading provider of marine legal costs insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has launched The Green Transition, a comprehensive report outlining the practical and contractual challenges facing the shipping industry on its journey towards becoming carbon neutral.

Broken down into distinct themes, the report surveys the current landscape and addresses what the IMO’s ambitious emission reduction targets, and other sustainable regulation, really mean for shipowners and operators.

The various stages of regulatory change are mapped out in precise detail. For example, the impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) on ship operators is explored from negotiating fixtures, commercial considerations, to the costs of permits, liability and potential disputes.

The report places a definite emphasis on innovative, energy-saving technology as the solution underpinning the IMO framework. In this increasingly complex environment, vessels will likely have to be retrofitted, while technological advancements will trigger improved operational efficiency and manufacturing methods, offering both huge opportunity and demands to those within the shipping industry.

Daniel Evans, CEO at the UK Defence Club, said: “There is a wind of change in our industry, placing climate crisis and sustainability at the forefront of the agenda. After bringing in progressive regulation to cut high sulphur fuel in 2020, the IMO has mapped out an ambitious development pathway towards a carbon neutral shipping sector.

“The Green Transition report will help our members and the wider maritime industry to get to grips with some of these issues. It’s vitally important to plan and be prepared for future disruption that sustainability measures will bring, as well as being engaged and informed on the most prominent issue that will shape the future of our industry.”