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IMO rolls out ship and port toolkits to tackle maritime emissions


The International Maritime Organization said Thursday that it rolled out a new set of toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships as well as ports.

The ship and port emissions toolkits have been developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project, in collaboration with its strategic partners, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, or IMarEST, and the International Association of Ports and Harbors, it said in a statement.

"Both the ship and port emission toolkits provide practical guidance on assessing emissions so that a national emission reduction strategy for the maritime sector can be developed," Astrid Dispert, GloMEEP technical advisor said.

In April 2018, IMO adopted its initial IMO strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping and to phase them out, as soon as possible in this century.

The initial strategy recognizes the important role of ports as well as shipping in achieving the ambitious targets, the IMO said.

The ship emissions toolkit provides a structured framework, as well as decision support tools for evaluating emissions reduction opportunities in maritime transport, it said.

It includes three practical guides covering the rapid assessment of ship emissions in the national context, incorporation of MARPOL Annex VI into national law and development of a national ship emissions reduction strategy, it said.

Annex VI of IMO's International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships, or MARPOL, includes regulations to limit air pollution from ships as well as energy efficiency regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

The port emissions toolkit includes two guides--assessment of port emissions and development of port emissions reduction strategies--it said.

Both toolkits have been developed through extensive testing and feedback from practical use of the toolkit guides during national and regional training activities held in the 10 lead pilot countries participating in the GloMEEP project, it said.

The 10 lead pilot countries in the project are Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa, it added.