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WMC Capital believes that ESG considerations should be an essential part of any investment process. Currently in Shipping, the changing regulatory environment creates an opportunity to invest for positive change.

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- Shipping is the most efficient and least polluting means of transporting goods; but given 85-90% of global goods are shipped it accounts for 2.5% of GHG emissions.

- The IMO is introducing new regulations to reduce GHG emissions:

  • IMO 2030: reduce CO2 intensity by > 40% by 2030 versus 2008

  • IMO 2050: reduce GHG emissions by > 50% by 2050 versus 2008

  • 2023: mandatory EEXI & carbon intensity regulations for all vessels


- These regulations will increase barriers to entry and accelerate scrapping of older, more polluting vessels


- Unclear which new means of propulsion will become mainstream, hindering new investment (e.g. LNG, Ammonia, Hydrogen, Methanol).



- The health and safety of seafarers is paramount for successful operations.

- Shipping is a global industry, and it is essential the companies operate in a way that is beneficial to communities across the world.

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- Shipping has suffered from poor corporate governance in the past but this is improving: well managed companies outperform poorly managed ones with the latter often seeing significant equity dilution and corporate kleptocracy.

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