French classification society Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore has joined the Coalition for Maritime Environmental and Energy Transition as a founding partner
The signing ceremony took place during the Assises de l’Economie de la Mer, the leading annual gathering for the French maritime community held 3-4 December in Montpellier.
The Coalition was developed by the French maritime cluster to define a “2050 vision for maritime environmental and energy transition” and to identify the actions that will be key to meeting the greenhouse gas reduction objectives set by the Paris Agreement and International Maritime Organization (IMO).
This commitment by Bureau Veritas (BV) answered the call from French President Emmanuel Macron during his opening speech at the Assises to all stakeholders in the French maritime industry, to find collective and innovative solutions to tomorrow’s environmental and energy challenges.
BV was among the first to support this initiative. Now a further 22 industry stakeholders have joined the Coalition.
BV president Matthieu de Tugny commented “The transition to cleaner and low carbon energy is a global requirement and the leadership taken by the French cluster reflects this need: both in the technology being developed for global markets and the initiatives of shipowners.”
One of those shipowners, CMA CGM, is building the world’s biggest LNG-fuelled ships in China – with GTT’s Mark III Flex containment systems being fitted in the nine ships ordered. Commenting on this, Mr de Tugny said ”We are seeing new models for ship design and ship operations and as a classification society we are highly focused on helping the industry respond to the challenge of change.”
Hear and see more about the opportunities presented by maritime environmental regulation at the Maritime Hybrid & Electric (incorporating Hydrogen & Fuel Cells), Asia in Singapore 26-27 February 2020.