COP26 Paves The Path To Digitalization


COP26 is a call to unified action in the global shipping industry that will require the ‘human element’ to meet the challenges of environmental compliance, reports Rivera.

Takeaway message from COP26

“The overwhelming message from COP26 is that failure to act on environmental issues will affect real people but it is people that will lead the charge to recovery and environmental compliance in the global shipping industry.”

COP26 has shone a light on the need for greater cooperation between nations and this is a call to the shipping world to recognise that even in a digital environment, there will still be a need for the human element.


The recent announcements from some of the world’s largest shipping lines suggest fully digital operations will become the normal method within 20 years. Mr Kirnidis believes this will cause issues for many small to medium-sized shipowners who will not have the resources to operate a full digital service.

The shipping world is committed to achieving global environmental compliance in line with the targets set by the IMO and yet this will require greater investment from shipowners regardless of size. 

For the smaller operators, this will only be achieved by combining digital technology in their operations with a human blend. People who understand the global shipping industry; partners who can offer advice, support and online services will be an asset for the smaller fleet owners.

About PISR

PISR is celebrating five years of growth that has seen the registry nominated as the fastest growing in the industry and one of the leading digital providers. 

This ongoing investment in online operations, human partnerships and new technologies will be the right combination to achieve environmental compliance for the shipping world in the next decade, according to Mr Kirnidis.

Since 2017, PISR has launched its own unique Deficiency Prevention System helping to keep vessels operational and in compliance; electronic certificates for almost instant delivery to ships and an online registration and payment service operating in real time. 

IMO’s new EEXI and CII

“We have shipowners looking for information and guidance on the new regulations and being able to discuss these with a real person is often a welcome interaction. In January 2023, IMO’s new EEXI and CII regulations are coming into force. EEXI is a framework for determining the energy efficiency of in-service vessels over 400 gt that fall under Marpol Annex VI. This affects our shipowners and so will the CII, which is an operational measure of how efficiently a ship transports goods or passengers”.

Reducing emissions  

“These are both complex regulations and will be central pillars of IMO’s aim to reduce emissions from vessels by 50% by 2050. The technicalities of these new regulations will see more shipowners looking for guidance. This is why having someone to talk to will be vital to reduce the stress experienced by many shipowners as they struggle to operate in this new shipping environment.”

It is part of the registry’s long-term plan to reduce the paperwork and time impositions on shipowners. Mr Kirnidis has defended shipowners in the ongoing debate about their commitment to the environment and believes the majority are fully behind the new regulations.

“The shipping world has not ignored the calls for changes and actions to reduce the environmental impact of global maritime operations. Our view is that experience, knowledge and the need for future planning can only be achieved by combining people with technology. By doing this, it will also ensure compliance in the drive to reduce the overall impact of shipping on the global environment.”

COP26 must light the fire

At COP26 last week as he addressed world leaders, Palau President Surangel S Whipps, Jr, said, Large emitters with their insatiable appetite for advancement are continuing to abuse our environment, threatening our very survival.

“Excellencies, we must hold each other accountable; it is incumbent upon the parties of this convention to concentrate on radical action, consistent mobilisation, rational outcomes as such Palau expects the set of rules guiding the implementation of the Paris Agreement be finalised, as a priority outcome of COP26.”

President Whipps stressed that as Pacific Islanders, protectorates of the world’s largest ocean and carbon sink, Palau established their national marine sanctuary in 2015, urging formal integration of ocean into the UNFCC Process through global stock take as a fundamental priority outcome of COP26. 

President Whipps ended his statement referring to the Palauan legend of Uab, asking us to think of our future generations. “Bold, unified action, led to transformation, we must act together, we owe this to each other, and we owe this to our children.”

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Source: Rivera


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