A recent comment piece in Splash 24/7, by First International chairman Paul Slater, questioned shipping’s role in climate change, calling the IMO’s proposed plan “fatuous, unrealistic and unnecessary”.
He wrote: “The CO2 issue has been grossly overstated…It has been shown that [shipping’s] CO2 is absorbed by seawater without damaging results”. He also claimed to The Loadstar that there was no evidence that polar ice was melting.
The Loadstar decided to check the facts.
Mr Slater’s comments do not speak for an entire industry. But they do give credence to those within it that doubt the IMO measures are important.