Traditionally, many Mediterranean operators have relied on bringing in second-hand tonnage from Japan, South Korea or even North Sea operations. However, experience indicates that the adaptation work required to cater for the specialities of the Mediterranean – large exterior areas, stern-ramps only, long sailing distances, different port services – is not always easy.
Furthermore, many of the available vessels for sale will not necessarily comply with ongoing emission reduction requirements nationally and internationally, which make the investment sometimes uncertain and at best short-lasting. Therefore, there are two avenues to secure the competitiveness and sustainability of your future operations:
The situation today is to gather knowledge on how to accomplish the EEXI requirement by 2023 and keep an eye on the developments of the CO2 carbon taxation (CII by 2030).