IMO proposes maritime technology centre network

01 Oct 2015

The International Maritime Organisation has proposed a global network of maritime technology cooperation centres to accelerate capacity building and technology transfer in the sector.

A network of centres with strong public and private sector engagement could be a sustainable framework acting as a catalyst for development, delegates to the IMO-Singapore International Future-Ready Shipping 2015 Conference were told.

Another idea floated at the conference looked at the possibility of using domestic shipping in developing countries to demonstrate and gain experience in new technologies. Increased use of testing facilities was also proposed to address any knowledge gap or unwillingness to use new technology, while the conference also argued for a greater voice for seafarers themselves in efficiency initiatives.

The conference was organised under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, which was launched during the conference.  “The establishment of a global network of maritime technology cooperation centres is an idea which could be further developed at IMO or under the GloMEEP umbrella”, the IMO said in a statement.

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