Greenhouse gas emissions from maritime shipping industry are expected to increase globally. Developing countries, which play a significant role in international shipping, often lack the means to improve energy efficiency in their shipping sectors.
The European Commission has recently signed an agreement with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for a four-year project, entitled “Capacity Building for Climate Change Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry”. This project will enable developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, in five target regions – Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific, to effectively implement energy-efficiency and emissions reduction measures through technical assistance and capacity building. It is supported by a €10 million funding contribution from the European Union Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), managed by the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission.
The heart of the project will be the establishment of five Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs), one in each target region, with seed funding support from the project. Once Operational the MTCCs will act as focal points to:
- improve capability in the region by working with maritime administrations, port authorities, other relevant government departments and related shipping stakeholders, to facilitate compliance with international regulations on energy efficiency for ships;
- promote the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in the maritime sector through the implementation of pilot projects;
- raise awareness about policies, strategies and measures for the reduction of GHG and other emissions from the maritime transport sector;
- establish a pilot-scale system for data collection and reporting on ships’ fuel consumption to improve ship owners’ and maritime administrations’ understanding in this regard.
These MTCCs will have a strong regional dimension, becoming centres of excellence for promoting the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations within the maritime transport sector. Each MTCC should be hosted by an existing entity with credible standing in the respective region. These host institutions (HIs) will be selected through an open process of competitive bidding against a set of criteria and project deliverables.
Following the call for Expressions of Interest issued by IMO on 15 April 2016, the IMO-European Union Project had received by the deadline of 17.30 p.m. BST on 15 May 2016, 43 Expressions of Interest, of which 14 have been shortlisted. These lists are also available to download from IMO's Project website.
MTCC Selection Process
Each MTCC will be hosted by an existing organization (or consortium of organizations) with credible standing in the region, considerable engagement with industry and government, a track record of regional outreach and the ability to provide the MTCC with in-kind hosting support such as office space, as well as related logistical support.
The selection process consists of three steps:
1) Call for Expression of Interest (now closed);
2) Call for full proposals; and
3) Due diligence missions to short-listed entities.
The five organizations whose bids are successful will go on to host MTCCs with initial funding support from the project. They will enter into a contract with IMO to deliver mutually agreed project milestones over a three-year period.
Contacts for the Project:
International Maritime Organisation
Subdivision for Implementation
Marine Environment Division
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