2 new members join alliance backing low-carbon shipping

Two new members, Bureau Veritas and the Port of Rotterdam, have joined an international initiative supporting low-carbon shipping.

They are the latest additions to the IMO-Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project Global Industry Alliance (GIA), which now comprises 16 industry players who have joined hands to collectively address barriers to the uptake and implementation of energy-efficient technologies and operational measures.

The signing ceremony for the two new GIA members took place yesterday at the launch of the Future-Ready Shipping 2017 Conference in Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, jointly organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Around 240 maritime leaders and professionals are gathering in Singapore to identify priority areas for international action and to exchange best practices in maritime technology transfer and capacity building at the conference, which ends today.

"No stakeholder alone can deal with the complexities the planet faces in addressing the challenge of climate change," said Dr Stefan Micallef, director of the marine environment division at the IMO.

"More than ever, we require collaborations at all levels. This conference is therefore very timely in looking into ongoing and future collaborations that can drive discussions towards identifying opportunities that can have a transformational impact on the shipping industry as it moves towards decarbonisation," he added.

MPA chief executive Andrew Tan reiterated Singapore's commitment to the efforts of the IMO to promote greater understanding of energy-efficient technologies for the shipping industry.

"As shipping is a global industry, close collaboration and dialogue among all stakeholders will help pave the way for the discussions ahead to tackle issues such as greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. We will continue to support the efforts of the IMO in taking the lead on this," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2017, with the headline '2 new members join alliance backing low-carbon shipping'. Print Edition | Subscribe