Which Way Next? Climate

Statement 4: The breakbulk and project cargo industry is not taking enough responsibility for the climate.

2020 has been a watershed year for the industry. The Breakbulk Editorial Advisory Board share their thoughts on a range of topics and where we go from here as the new year dawns.

Cover Story Introduction and Meet our Editorial Advisory Board participants


Frans Waals: “The breakbulk and project cargo industry has neither the scale nor the funds to effectively carry out climate policies. Also, there is no ordering new ships, which is necessary for advancing technical developments.”

Murray Cooper: “An integrated approach focusing on collaboration with all the stakeholders is required to co-create success.”

Roger Strevens: “Although there are notable exceptions among project cargo carriers, the comparison with other segments of the shipping industry still tends to be unfavorable. There are few carriers that are pioneering sustainable innovations, or who are even willing to be vocal on the subject. There’s an interesting contrast to be made with the trend among project cargo shippers, who are becoming more sophisticated and demanding on climate and sustainability issues.”


Dennis Devlin: “The project cargo industry supports the transport and logistics of whatever major projects are being built. Increasingly, this means offshore wind, which is clearly, overall, good for the environment. In any case, those of us who support the transport of project cargoes in whatever capacity have nothing whatsoever to do with the decisions as to what sorts of projects (green or not-so-green) are being built.”

Margaret Vaughan: “I personally feel that the greatest risk to our climate, and the No. 1 emitter of CO2, is people. Overpopulation is the main cause of climatological issues, in my opinion, and the earth has a strange way of taking care of herself in that respect.”

Grant Wattman: “The industry is taking responsibility across the portfolio of participants. Sustainability is a component in the decision-making of industry leaders.”

Dharmendra Gangrade: “The breakbulk industry is a very, very small contributor to climate change, and I feel the competitive environment and compliance to IMO2020 are sufficient enough to make a positive impact on climate change.”

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