Centre to Support Low-Carbon Shipping Unveiled in Trinidad and Tobago

Friday March 10, 2017

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Thursday announced the launch of a new centre intended to promote technologies and operations that support a low-carbon future for shipping at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

The centre is intended to meet the needs of the Caribbean region under the Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Network (GMN), a project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by IMO.

"Estimates say ships' energy consumption and CO2 emissions could be reduced by up to 75 percent by applying operational measures and implementing existing technologies," said IMO.

"By collaborating with the 16 countries in the region and various forward-thinking institutions, companies and international bodies – the Caribbean centre aims to make its contribution to energy-efficient shipping."

The centre was unveiled by Anthony Garcia, the Minister of Education for Trinidad and Tobago in a ceremony on Wednesday.

As Ship & Bunker reported in December, China's Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) and the University of Trinidad and Tobago are the first two institutes selected to host regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) under the GMN project.