Transport Minister urges IMO to fully support maritime industry players | General news

The Minister of Transport, the Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, urged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to provide full support to maritime industry stakeholders to achieve a safer, more secure and greener industry.

According to him, it is of the utmost importance for the shipping industry to take more innovative measures designed by the IMO to ensure that global standards are implemented in a uniform way, taking into account that Member States are at different stages of socio-economic development and address different development issues and priorities at different levels. time.

He argued that the implementation of IMO’s technical cooperation activities, including the Integrated Technical Cooperation Program (ICTP), designed to help developing countries improve their technical expertise in line with the global mandate of the IMO aiming to promote safety, security, environment, efficiency and sustainability in maritime transport, is very good, the innovative measures would allow Member States to quickly reach the global level to which all aspire.

“It is imperative that the IMO achieve harmonization by implementing global standards consistently across different jurisdictions. The shipping industry is dynamic and the growing demand for measures to ensure a safer, more secure and greener industry is justified in every way. No member should be left behind as this would not contribute to achieving the global mandate to promote safe, secure and greener shipping. It is essential that we all move forward,” he noted.

Hon. Asiamah made the observation on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, while contributing to a panel discussion at the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day side event held in Durban ICC in Ethekwini, South Africa.

His comment was in response to what more IMO could do to promote its Integrated Technical Cooperation Program (ICTP), improve its financial sustainability and also increase the representation of African countries.

The theme of this year’s World Maritime Day side event is “New Technologies for Greener Shipping”, which calls on the global family of nations to take action to decarbonize shipping and ports through the use of zero or low carbon technologies, fuels and infrastructure.

Speaking on the financial sustainability of IMO, Hon. Asiamah urged IMO to ensure the continued financial sustainability of the PICT through core funding through the Technical Cooperation (TC) Fund and access to external and in-kind support.

He encouraged Member States to honor their financial commitments to the Technical Cooperation Fund and to also provide financial and in-kind support to the ITCP through bilateral arrangements.

Furthermore, he urged Member States to cooperate with IMO in the development and execution of resource mobilization campaigns.

In his keynote address, South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula urged stakeholders in the maritime sector to be proactive in proposing mitigation measures to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from ships, which are expected to rise. from 3% currently to 250% by 2050 because future freight demand would be carried by international vessels.

He told the gathering that South Africa has expressed commitments in various multilateral platforms on its intention to decarbonise its economic sectors that currently rely on fossil fuels for energy.

“It is on the basis that there is a just transition that takes into account the socio-economic factors of the country and its people. We believe that the abundance of renewable energy potential can accelerate the development of greener technologies and alternative fuels to meet the demand for bunker supply to ships in our ports,” he noted.


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