Conftrasporto Forum. Stefano Messina (President of Assarmatori): “We need a coherent and global vision between public investments and results”

“We began this transition 20 years ago. Shipowners have done their homework during the last 20 years following IMO’s instructions, which in its latest report on GHG certified that withstanding a 30% increase in maritime traffic compared to 2008, a reduction of almost 7% of the carbon emitted and a reduction of almost 30% of the carbon intensity has been certified”. The president of Assarmatori, Stefano Messina, has intervened with this statement at the 6th International Conftrasporto Forum within the Panel entitled “Maritime transport and the environment”.

“The IMO has now entrusted us with other tasks towards 2050, while Europe has decided to unilaterally pursue a more ambitious policy via the Fit for 55 package, based on an assumption that is dangerous not only for the sector but for the entire European economy: to force maritime transport towards the exploitation of green fuels, the EU Commission proposes to discourage the use of fossil fuels through fiscal measures, such as the extension of European maritime transport in the Emission Trading System and the introduction, starting from 2023, of a tax applied to all fuels deployed in the European Economic Area (EEA), with the possibility, for member states, to extend it also to international routes”.

“The logistic platform more attractive will then become African. So, it may be useless to carry out dredging projects as large ships may decide not to come to Europe anymore, stopping in Tangier or Suez to avoid paying regional taxes. Freights will have to arrive to us via other routes, through smaller and much more expensive vessels.

International shipping currently making port calls in Europe could therefore try to evade the new impositions by avoiding them and, instead, calling existing hubs on the EU borders or those – numerous – under construction, for example in North Africa”.

“The Fit for 55 will not even achieve a reduction in emissions due to the lack of technologies, alternative fuels and their distribution networks. And they will be missing for a long time, while transition fuels such as LNG are available, even though it is not considered green in the Fit for 55 package and will therefore be taxed notwithstanding that it can drastically reduce up to 20% of CO2 emissions”.

Panelist moderated by RAI journalist Marco Frittella have also been Ugo Salerno (President and CEO of RINA) and Admiral Nicola Carlone (Commander General of the Master Harbor office).

Ugo Salerno: “shipowners can only deploy solutions that are currently available. It is necessary to develop new land-based tools to achieve the goals set out by the legislation”.

Adm. Nicola Carlone: ​​the Commander’s role is, in the context of the current transition, to coordinate all actors for the exclusive benefit of our sector.