Kwaku Ofori Asiamah (middle), Minister of Transport, with program participants
Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah has urged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to lend its full support to maritime industry players to achieve a safer, more secure and greener industry.
According to him, of the utmost importance for the shipping industry, there are more innovative measures devised by the IMO to ensure that global standards are implemented in a uniform manner, taking into account that Member States are at different stages of socio-economic development and address different development issues.
He said 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 IMO’s global mandate aimed at promoting a safe, secure and environmentally sound atmosphere, among others, would lead Member States to accelerate the achievement of the global standard 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,” he noted.
Mr. Asiamah was contributing to a panel discussion at the IMO World Maritime Day side event held at the Durban ICC in Ethekwini, South Africa last Wednesday.
His comment was in reaction to what IMO could do to promote its PICT, 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, Mr. Asiamah urged IMO to ensure the continued financial sustainability of the PICT through core funding through the Technical Cooperation (TC) Fund and access to a external and in-kind support.
He encouraged Member States to honor their financial commitment 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.
South Africa’s Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, in an address, 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 pass from 3% current to 250%. cent by 2050 because future freight demands would be transported by international vessels.
He told the gathering that South Africa had expressed its commitment on various multilateral platforms of its intention to decarbonise its economic sector which currently relied 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.