A1 Journal article – refereed
What explains SECA compliance: rational calculation or moral judgment?




List of Authors: Anu Lähteenmäki-Uutela, Johanna Yliskylä-Peuralahti, Sari Repka, Johan Mellqvist
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Wmu Journal of Maritime Affairs
eISSN: 1654-1642

Abstract

We explain the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) compliance through


analyzing both rational and moral factors for compliance motivation. According


to preliminary analysis based on samples and measurements, the compliance


rate for SECA is rather good and air quality has improved significantly. As


costs of compliance are rather high and penalties for non-compliance rather low


for regulation targets, moral motivation factors must be relevant for compliance.


Maintaining good relationships with control authorities and peers requires


shipowners to comply with the rules for practical and moral legitimacy. Our


interviews with Danish, Finnish and Estonian shipowners confirmed that most


of them follow the law simply because it is the law, this applying both to


current Baltic Sea SECA rules and the future global sulphur emission rules.


Obeying environmental law thus has a taken-for-granted status among shipping


companies. Almost half of the companies specifically mentioned they follow


the SECA rules because they want to take care of the environment, thus having


internalized the regulatory content. Some companies see global compliance to


depend on efficient controls.



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