Africa’s emissions compliance in the spotlight as global maritime body convenes

The MTCC-Africa team during its launch in December 2017. Source: GMN MTCC

Emissions compliance topped the agenda when members of Africa’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC-Africa) convened for the first time in Mombasa, Kenya, last week to discuss the region’s contribution to improving compliance with international regulations on energy efficiency and the uptake of low-carbon technologies.

According to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), the MTCC-Africa – a newly launched International Maritime Organisation and European Commission-funded initiative – was created to build capacity in the region for climate mitigation in the maritime industry.

“Country Focal Points (such as South Africa) were requested to make presentations on the respective country’s state of affairs on issues related to MARPOL Annex VI (the International convention for the prevention of air pollution from ships) and its implementation, expectations on what sort of assistance MTCC-Africa can bring to facilitate effective and efficient implementation, and any lessons learned during the workshop,” said Samsa Maritime Policy senior manager, Elijah Ramulifho.

He added that MTCC-Africa would be the focal point for pilot projects slated to promote the uptake of energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies, analysis and reporting on fuel consumption, and baseline surveys of air quality within African ports over the next three years.

The next meeting of MTCC-Africa members is scheduled for 16-17 May in Toamasina, Madagascar.

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