BEIJING: Shanghai Maritime University, China has launched a new regional centre that will provide leadership in promoting ship energy efficiency and technologies and operations, and the reduction of harmful emissions from ships.
The centre will cater to the needs of the Asia region under the Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) Network (GMN) – a project funded by the European Union (EU) and run by IMO. The GMN initiative unites carefully selected technology centres into a global network focused on supporting developing countries in activities including development of national energy-efficiency policies for their maritime sectors.
The MTCC-Asia centre was officially opened by IMO Secretary-General Lim Ki-tack and China’s Ministry of Transport Vice-Minister He Jianzhong, Shanghai Municipal Government Vice Mayor Chen Yin.
Mr Lim said the new MTCCs in the GMN network would form part of IMO’s two-pronged approach to addressing GHG emissions from international shipping. “I see our regulatory work and our capacity-building initiatives as a double-headed assault on the problem of shipping emissions. Together, they send a clear signal about how seriously this Organization treats this issue, how determined it is to address it, and how prepared we are to roll up our sleeves and take practical measures to do so,” Mr Lim said.
Ms Pollard said that tackling climate change and implementing Paris agreement commitments were a top priority for EU-China cooperation. “We are delighted to be supporting the IMO to set up this new Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre in Shanghai, so that together we can support Least Developed Countries in the region to limit greenhouse gas emissions from their maritime shipping sector, and to reap the wider benefits this will bring in terms of reduced costs, jobs and sustainable development,” she said.