Many ships in Singapore harbor. Aerial view

A UK shipping executive has turned on the industry for ignoring the effect lobbying has had on its efforts to reduce carbon pollution.
In an op-ed published on the trade press site Splash 24/7 on Thursday, Andrew Craig-Bennett said industry mockery of a report released this week that concluded lobbyists had “captured” talks at the UN International Maritime Organisation (IMO) was misplaced.
On Monday, the NGO Influence Map released a damning report that exposed the degree to which these shipping registries and industry lobby groups had infiltrated the body intended to regulate them.
While some details in the report were incorrect, said Craig-Bennett, who is deputy general manager of the UK subsidiary of Chinese government-owned Cosco, “it is basically right, and we all know that it is”.
“The IMO was captured by the shipowning interest as soon as the IMCO admitted the FOCs,” he said.
The UN body was known as the IMCO until 1982. FOCs – flags of convenience – such as Panama or …