Promoting energy efficiency in Pacific maritime transport

A maritime transport energy efficiency workshop is currently underway in Port Vila, Vanuatu seeking ways to bring key players together to advance energy efficiency in the Pacific maritime transportation system.

International Maritime Organisation’s Head for Air Pollution and Energy, Edmund Hughes, says the most cost effective and energy efficient mode of mass cargo transport, shipping makes a vital contribution to international commerce and is a key pillar for the development of a sustainable global economy.

Hughes also stated that mandatory energy efficiency requirements for international shipping have been in force for nearly four years, leading to over 1900 ocean going ships being certified to the new requirements.

He hopes that through input to the regional workshop, IMO will strive to raise awareness on the development of policy to effectively implement the international requirements.

 “This regional workshop is an important step towards a more energy efficient maritime transport in the Pacific,” SPC’s Deputy Director Transport, Thierry Nervale, said.

 “It is essential to bring to the attention of maritime administrations the latest developments at the international level and the benefits that can be expected from small-scale solutions for the Pacific to improve the energy efficiency of domestic ships and ports thus, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels,” Nervale added.

Maritime Transport is deemed as a major contributor to Green House Gas emissions therefore it is a top priority for action in the context of climate change and its impact in the Pacific region.

The workshop is being hosted by the Government of Vanuatu in collaboration with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the IMO.

Heads of maritime and energy administrations from Pacific Island countries and territories will discuss initiatives to improve energy efficiency on board ships and in maritime port infrastructures, alternative and cleaner fuel provision to ships and new technologies and innovation in port and shipping.



Anishma Prasad