IMO is taking another step to implementing smart navigation technology in its drive to reduce emissions from ship-port interfaces
It is supporting work by the Global Industry Alliance (GIA), which promotes low-carbon shipping, particularly in the drive to reduce emissions from ships waiting to enter ports.
IMO has set the GIA tangible goals for projects up to 2023. A new workstream will create a holistic approach to reducing emissions in the ship-port interface.
Technology could be implemented to manage port operations, ship berthing and vessel voyages to reduce the time ships are anchored idle outside harbours.
As part of this workstream, GIA will support regulatory, technical, operational and economic actions by ports to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
An onshore power supply could be provided and the means to safely bunker alternative low-carbon fuels.
GIA will identify measures that could reduce emissions in the ship-port interface, building on the work already undertaken by GIA on just-in-time (JIT) arrival of ships.
JIT operation and technology enables ship masters to optimise vessel speed so they arrive at their destination port when their berth is ready for them.
This optimises their voyages, enabling captains to reduce speed, cutting emissions during the route. It also minimises the time ships spend waiting outside ports with their engines running, thereby saving energy and cutting costs and emissions.
The decision to back this new workstream was made during a GIA videoconference meeting on 14-15 May with 21 participants from the industry and the IMO Secretariat.
During that meeting it was agreed to continue other GIA workstreams, including developing alternative fuels and validating the performance of energy efficiency technologies.
Also during that meeting, GIA discussed how to encourage demonstrations and trials of solutions within IMO’s GreenVoyage2050 project, an IMO-executed project funded by Norway.
This promotes global efforts to demonstrate and test technical solutions for lowering ship emissions. It also aims to enhance knowledge and information-sharing to support IMO’s greenhouse gas reduction strategy.
GIA is a public-private partnership initiative of IMO to bring together maritime industry leaders to support an energy-efficient and low-carbon maritime transport system.
It was set up as part of IMO’s Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) project in 2017 and will be running under GreenVoyage2050.
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