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. In 2013, IMO adopted a Resolution (MEPC.229(65)) on Promotion of Technical Co-operation and Transfer of Technology relating to the Improvement of Energy Efficiency of Ships. This Resolution enabled provision of technical assistance to developing countries in areas of capacity building and demonstrable pilot projects towards improving energy efficiency in the maritime sector. An additional co-benefit is a low-carbon future.
Funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Global MTTC Network (GMN) is formally titled “Capacity Building for Climate Change Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry”. This initiative establishes and unites Maritime Technologies Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) from five regions into one global network. The five target regions are Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific which were selected on account of the many developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States located therein.
The Maritime Technology Coorporation Centre for Africa (MTCC Africa) is hosted by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Mombasa CBD Campus, in partnership with Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
MTCC-Africa is focused on the following:
- Facilitate compliance with The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex VI)
- Improving capability in the region by working with maritime administrations, port authorities, government departments and shipping stakeholders to facilitate compliance with international regulations on energy efficiency for ships
- Promoting the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in the maritime sector through pilot projects.
- Raising awareness about policies, strategies and measures for the reduction of GHG and other emissions from the maritime transport sector
- Demonstrating a pilot-scale system for collecting data and reporting on ships’ fuel consumption to improve ship owners’ and maritime administrations’ understanding in this regard,
- Disseminating and sharing results and experiences from the project through appropriate communication and visibility actions; and
- Developing and implementing strategies to sustain the impact of MTCC results and activities beyond the project time-line.