Pay or die. IMO 2020 “sulphur cap”.

Several shipping associations on Wednesday (18 September) issued a joint statement calling on the full implementation of IMO 2020 by its member states:

The World Shipping Council (WSC), BIMCO, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA) call on IMO member states to fully implement the new global marine fuel sulphur cap mandated through the IMO.
The cost of compliance is high, so it is critical that the rule is consistently applied and enforced. There must be a level playing field if this important regulation is going to work.
“Recent reports suggesting that some nations might not fully implement the new rules are disturbing. Lack of full implementation would risk undermining improvements to public health and the environment,” said John Butler, President & CEO of the World Shipping Council.

So on and so forth – each “shipping association” said the same, in slightly different words and expressions, so no need to cite them all.
Three main points of this statement:
Sulphur cap is very costly but it’s a must;
There’s no place for renegade states;
It’s all in the name of public health and environment.

Now, two questions– who’s to pay for this health care, and who’s to profit?
Public is to pay, who the hell else? We, people, will pay more for each and every thing we buy or use, from food to clothes, from electricity to water. Everything will become more expensive. How much more expensive? Nobody knows, because nobody has the slightest idea where this “sulphur cap” scheme will lead us and economy. Will it lead to living costs upsurge only, or will it trigger economy crisis? It can’t be calculated, it’s too complicated, it’s just beyond our present assessment and prediction capacities.

One special point – population of countries, heavily dependant on international and coastal shipping (Indonesia, India, Philippines, etc.), will pay twice as mush for a dubious luxury of enjoying sulphur-free air. They are paying both for overseas and for coastal shipping, that’s why they’ll pay double. That’s why Indonesia and India already expressed, albeit very shyly, their concerns. We’re talking mostly, about developing countries, and their far from wealthy coastal populations. Their lives will become much harder, and again, we don’t know just how much harder? But there’s a very real, very grave risk, that full implementation of “sulphur cap” scheme may undermine coastal shipping, bringing it to a verge of total collapse. We’re talking about hundreds of millions lives. All of those lives (or at the very least, their well-being, their present level of living) being put at risk, thanks to those bleeding hearts in UN/IMO, in above listed “shipping associations” and in companies and NGOs, involved in the scheme.

Question number two – who’s to profit? It’s absolutely obvious, it’s crystal clear. All involved parties, from UN/IMO to producers of cleansing equipment, from clean fuel producers to ship builders and machinery producers, from “cap” implementation/enforcement bodies to governments. I got a feeling, that they already calculated, roughly, the size of future profits, and any risk to these future profits throws them in state of panic and hysteria. No word on hardships and misery of people who’ll suffer most – populations of developing countries, no word at all! All they care about are “public health and the environment”. Really?

Now a few words on deadly sulphur emissions from ships, which are killing each year hundreds of thousands, or millions – whatever, it’s all a sham anyway – people. It’s very simple. Modern laboratories, equipment and technologies, can detect traces of nearly everything, every element existing in Nature, in our bodies, our tissues, our blood and so on. Because each and every element leaves its’ trace everywhere, including living organisms, it’s present in our organisms, throughout all our lives. Finding traces of this or that matter is easy these days, and statistics trickery will do the rest.
So, depending on what story, what fake, what sham UN is pushing through, servile “scientists” and “researchers” immediately find required “proofs”. If/when Climate Change taxations will be spent, the UN may easily find another source of income, disguised as another threat, requiring another tax, with the help of “scientists”, politicians, international bodies, new gretas, new NGOs. The scheme is very simple.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.