The Chamber of Shipping had the distinct pleasure of hosting the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Chair, Esben Poulsson in Vancouver last Friday. Mr. Poulsson spoke to members on the importance of supporting the International Maritime Organization efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions in a cohesive and practical manner. If the global shipping industry fails to develop a strategy, port states including Canada are likely to be implement their own requirements. Mr. Poulsson stated that the ICS does not support a carbon trading system, and would prefer a bunker fuel levy that could be used for environmental innnovation and initiatives. The establishment of alternative cleaner fuels is essential to any significant reductions in CO2.