A utiliser (exBelmont Forum - OCEANS) - Recherche transdisciplinaire pour la durabilité des océans

Global shipping: Linking policy and economics to biogeochemical cycling and air-sea interaction – ShipTRASE

Submission summary

Shipping is the most widely used medium for transport of goods internationally and will continue to increase. Although shipping is a carbon-efficient
transport medium, there is an increasing focus on its broader environmental consequences. For a sustainable and equitable use of the oceans, as
well as minimizing impacts of global change, a further development to sustainable shipping, or green shipping, is needed. Ship-building and
operational standards are introduced and area-based instruments, such as emission control areas (ECAs), are established. However, lack of
regulations, vague monitoring, unclear environmental impacts and economic uncertainty might cause problems for industry and society. In
ShipTRASE, the environmental, economic
and legal aspects of both near-term and long-term solutions to shipping emission reduction and control mechanisms will be analysed. The potential
environmental impacts on the lower atmosphere and upper ocean include those from pollutant emission from ship smokestacks and liquid discharge,
as well as increased methane-induced greenhouse warming. With our transdisciplinary team (atmospheric sciences, chemical oceanography,
international law, environmental economy and engineering), we will investigate how the use of scrubbers and alternative fuels impact the environment
and feedback on economics and regulation. In addition, we will involve stakeholders in both Germany and Sweden (industry, local government,
large scale regulation) to discuss these topics, share information and outcomes, and co-design further scientific research. The work involved will use
various platforms: in-situ measurements, scrubber laboratory measurements, numerical modeling, cost-benefit analysis, and survey methodologies.
ShipTRASE will deliver an economic and environmental consequence analysis of implementation of control areas. In addition, we will assess the
impact of policy settings and legal regulation. A methodology for making such analysis is also one important outcome of the project.

Project coordination

Laura Recuero Virto (Polytechnic School of Paris, and European Institute for Marine Studies (Brest))

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


Polytechnic School of Paris, and European Institute for Marine Studies (Brest)

Help of the ANR 249,999 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: June 2020 - 36 Months

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