A global network of maritime technology cooperation centres has completed “an impressive array of pilot projects” over the past three years, helping to drive forward the changes required to reduce GHG emissions from shipping, according to a new report by the IMO.
Five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) have been established under the Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (GMN) Project, funded by the EU and implemented by the IMO.
Between them, the MTCCs count 97 participating countries and have been working with 1,179 participating vessels to deliver sets of data which can help inform and support energy efficiency improvement.
Port energy audits and retrofitting of vessels for better energy efficiency are just two ways in which results have already being used.
More than 160 people from 64 countries recently met for the third annual GMN conference, held together with World Maritime University (WMU) at the University's premises in Malmö, Sweden (8-10 October).
During the conference, representatives from the five MTCCs reported on their pilot projects, which assess a range of measures to help cut emissions in the maritime sector – from data collection to reducing emissions in port areas.
"If international shipping is to achieve at least 50% reduction by 2050, what this really means is an average 85% emissions reduction per ship," says Edmund Hughes, IMO’s head of air pollution and energy efficiency.
"The MTCCs are looking into technical and operational measures for energy efficiency – which is why they are so important. And we commend them."