VW Emissions, Ethics and the Maritime Industry.

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.

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CEO of Coeval, Inc. and a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2008 with a degree in Maritime Operations and Technology. Currently USCG Approved Instructor. She has worked primarily on Liquefied Natural Gas Vessels completing, conventional loads and discharges, Ship to Ship transfers, commissionings, and Regasification through APL Systems and HP Manifolds. She has also worked aboard, Pure-Car Carriers, Product Tankers, General Cargo, and Bulk Grain Vessels. She currently holds an Unlimited Chief Mates Licence issued by the United States Coast Guard. With the following endorsements: Certified Person in Charge (PIC) for the transfer of Dangerous Liquids and Liquified Gas, Certified Person in Charge of Medical Care aboard ship, Lifeboatman-Fast Rescue Boats, GMDSS, Vessel Security Officer, Crowd Control and Crisis Management, Qualified Member of the Engineering Department and Jr. Engineer.