Global maritime tech network launched

This week saw the launch of a global network of marine technology centres at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

These marine technology cooperation centres (MTCCs) – in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Pacific – will provide leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations and in the reduction of harmful ship emissions, according to an IMO statement.

“Technology holds the key to a safer and more sustainable future for shipping,” said IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim.

He noted that the centres would promote international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology as well as foster investment in energy infrastructure.

“Through collaboration and outreach activities at regional levels, the MTCCs will help countries develop national maritime energy-efficiency policies and measures, promote the uptake of low carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport, and establish voluntary pilot data collection and reporting systems,” added Lim.

At the first meeting of the Global Stakeholders’ Committee – made up of voluntary technical experts – will take place on Thursday, December 7 - they will share ideas and provide long-term strategic guidance to the project.

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