IMO pushes collaboration for ports and shipping lines

IMO secretary general Kitack Lim. Source: IMO

International Maritime Organisation (IMO) secretary general Kitack Lim re-emphasised the importance of the combined role of shipping and ports in world trade and sustainable development in his opening address at the IAPH Guangzhou 2019 World Ports Conference this week.

"Transport is a chain. No link in a chain can really be effective if viewed in isolation. Actions impacting ships will have an impact throughout the entire supply chain, especially on ports."

A detailed submission that invites member states to encourage voluntary collaboration between ports and shipping to facilitate the reduction of GHG emissions from vessels in ports and harbours is planned to be tabled at the meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) next week.

It has been co-sponsored by a number of governments, various shipping industry associations as well as the World Wildlife Fund.

The secretary general pointed out that ships used around 15% of their total fuel whilst in port or in a harbour. "Ports will be vital to provide infrastructure to supply alternative fuels to power shipping if we are to meet the ambitious GHG emissions targets," he commented.

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) is a non-profit-making global alliance of 170 ports and 140 port-related organisations covering 90 countries.

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