Speaking Engagement

Environment and Emissions Seminar

Current U.S.-CSG Shipping Policy Issues: A Dialogue between the CSG and U.S. Government

Washington, DC

Duncan C. Smith, principal at Blank Rome Government Relations, moderated an in-depth seminar on "Environment and Emissions" issues during a conference that took place between the Consultative Shipping Group ("CSG"), the U.S. Maritime Administration, and the Department of Transportation in Washington, DC on June 19-20.

Mr. Smith's seminar, which was held on the first day of the conference, covered important topics such as:

  1. Emission Control Areas: Implications for International Shipping and Trade
  2. Energy Efficiency in Shipping: How to Achieve a Greener Supply Chain?
  3. New Fuels for Short Sea Shipping and Inland Waterways
  4. Market Based Measures to Reduce Emissions

Other topics discussed during the two-day conference included: securing the global supply chain; federal authorities’ legislation and state initiatives on ballast water; ILO 185; safeguarding seafarers under the current piracy threats; ports and related infrastructure initiatives; and the Rotterdam Rules, to name a few.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood gave the opening remarks at the conference, with secondary and final opening remarks being offered by David Matsuda and Andreas Nordseth of the Maritime Administration and CSG, respectively.

The CSG was formed in the 1960s to discuss and pursue U.S. international shipping issues of common interest to CSG countries.  It is currently comprised of the shipping administrations of the governments of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  To learn more about the CSG, please click here.