A syriac life of Saint Maximus the Confessor by Sebastian Brock

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The most far-reaching proposals for the introduction of a penalty/bonus system have come from Nor- 25 26 4 Charging the use of the oceans by shipping way. Discounts based on indexing ships in relation to the environment were proposed by Norway within the framework of the IMO. Under the proposal, a points system could be used to assess, among other things, the levels of CO2, SO2 und NOx emissions, the disposal of waste and effluent and the ballast water system. Discounts of up to 50% may then be achieved depending on the number of points.

The catalogue was drawn up by the German Institute for Environmental Protection and Safety in Shipping (GAUSS – Gesellschaft für Angewandten Umweltschutz und Sicherheit im Seeverkehr). All these criteria can be evidenced by already existing internationally accepted certificates and documents, which leads to a rapid and straightforward monitoring process. 4-1 details the 19 criteria and the points achieved for fulfilling these criteria (ISL, 2001). The higher the number of points, the larger the bonus granted as a rebate on the base charge.

Industrialized countries will benefit from the modifications in behaviour associated with the charge which in the medium term should lead to a significant improvement in marine water and air quality in the industrialized countries themselves and elsewhere. The industrialized countries will also obtain funds to strengthen port state control at the same time. Finally the user charge may be presented at international level as a sign of a renewed commitment to improving the financing of global sustainability.

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