MTCCs launch global network of marine technology centres

The Directors of five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday December 4th to establish a global maritime technology centre network. At the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim offered his congratulations for the rapid progress made in forming the GMN marine technology project since it was first mooted two years ago.

“The GMN project brings together two of the most important themes that IMO and its member states are pursuing as we move into a new era. These are developing new and innovative technology and building the necessary capacity, the latter especially directed to the developing world, to be in a position to take up that technology and then use it to its best advantage,” Lim said.

The network of MTCCS – in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific – is the mainstay of the GMN maritime technology project, run by IMO and funded by the European Union.

It is hoped that the MTCCs will provide leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations, and the reduction of harmful emissions from ships. The MTCCs will help countries to 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.

The GMN project promotes international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, in particular energy-efficiency and advanced, cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and fosters investment in energy infrastructure and clean-energy technology.