The VW emissions scandal made headline news this week. Will the drive to meet emission standards and reduce the environmental impact in the shipping industry cause it to be in the same bad position in the coming years?
With so much money, training, and emphasis being put into policies to reduce impact, with lofty goals and strict fines and regulations coming into force. I can’t help but think, that if the shipping industry does not put as mush emphasis on integrity and ethics – some companies will be in the same position that VW finds itself in presently.
In shipping, though – due to its nature, an unethical company could cheat for much longer on tests, with the potential to cause a greater negative impact.
I don’t believe that the solution to avoid this scenario would be found in increasing regulations, nor inspections. It can only be avoided by a shift to greater ethics, responsibility, and integrity – that should be prized in the seafarers and shore support of the shipping companies themselves.
I hope that the shipping industry is not on the road to a scandal such as this, but from my previous observations, I can’t help but think they are proceeding down this path.