IWG on Decarbonisation
Decarbonisation is one of the most significant challenges of our era. The maritime industry has increasingly become aware of the role it’s called upon to play, mostly as a result of the regulatory initiatives of the International Maritime Organisation and the European Union. However, the legal and contractual issues that arise, i.e. private law aspects as opposed to regulatory aspects, have not attracted sufficient attention yet. The international community of maritime lawyers clearly has an important role to play in decarbonisation. In these circumstances the Comite Maritime International created an IWG on maritime decarbonization in July 2023. The IWG will publish its first report at the annual CMI meeting in Sweden in May 2024, which will cover areas such as a liability regime for new fuels, contractual guidelines as to the description of new-fuel readiness and issues relating to the contractual architecture of maritime trade in a decarbonisation context. The steering committee consists of Haris Zografakis (chair), Dr. Jolien Kruit and Prof. Charles Debattista.