On November 18 2020, the 3rd Global Green Shipping Forum was remotely jointly held by Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) and MTCC-Asia in Shanghai. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and nearly 100 guests and representatives from Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Turkey, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Philippines, Pakistan and Laos joined the Forum. Lu Jing, SMU President was in presence and delivered a welcoming speech at the Forum, presided over by SMU Vice President, Prof. Shi Xin.
Mr. Lu Jing expressed his heartfelt thanks and warm welcome to the Chinese and foreign guests. He stressed that the development and prosperity of the global economy depends on multilateral cooperation across nations, and that a highly international shipping industry needs to promote global governance and win-win cooperation. Under the guidance of the IMO, SMU and its hosted MTCC-Asia, have completed a series of meaningful tasks regarding the transfer and improvement of ship energy efficiency technology, capacity-building of shipping maritime personnel in Asian countries, development of international maritime convention standards, and implementation of IMO’s global shipping greenhouse gas reduction strategy. As such, SMU will continue its efforts to build the center into a platform for shipping technology exchange and cooperation with wide reach-out in Asia and around the world.
In his online address, Mr. Anton Rhodes, Representative of the IMO Division for External Cooperation and Large Projects and Head of the Global MTCC Project, noted that currently, greenhouse gas emission reduction is an important agenda item in the context that IMO is making great efforts to shift the global shipping industry to low carbon and zero carbon through working mechanisms such as MTCCs. He highlighted that MTCC-Asia has made positive contributions to the development of green shipping in Asia and the world at large in technological transfer of ship energy efficiency, promotion of the maritime personnel capacity-building in Asian countries, and the implementation of the IMO global shipping greenhouse gas reduction strategy.
Prof. Jin Yongxin, Director of MTCC-Asia Council and Honorary Chairman of International Maritime Lecturers Association, Yang Xinzhai, Deputy Director-General of the China Maritime Safety Administration, Andreas Nordseth, Director-General of the Danish Maritime Administration, Shri. Srinivas Prasad Anapu, Deputy Director-General of Indian Maritime Administration, Sittisak Choomura, Thai Maritime Bureau, Jing Yan, Director of the Shipping Department of the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, and Professor Aykut I. ölçer of the World Maritime University delivered online keynote speeches on such topics as the implementation of IMO greenhouse gas reduction strategy, key technologies for greenhouse gas emission reduction, and research on decarbonization of the international shipping industry.
At the round-table technical discussion session, delegates from Cambodian Maritime Administration, Myanmar Maritime Administration, the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration, China Classification Society, China COSCO Shipping Group, Shanghai Port Group, Germany’s Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Group, Greece’s Costamare Shipping Company and other relevant technical experts discussed on the topic of “The interpretation of the Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study and Green Action after the pandemic”.
The Forum aims to provide a high-level, professional and international exchange platform for the global shipping community, via online and offline channel, to address the challenges in climate change and discuss possible strategies, and to promote cooperation and exchanges among nations, and make meaningful contributions to spreading green shipping, global shipping emission reduction and green development.
MTCC-Asia is funded by the European Union and implemented by the IMO.
Mr. Lu Jing, SMU President was in presence
SMU Vice President, Prof. Shi Xin presided
Mr. Anton Rhodes, Representative of the IMO Division for External Cooperation and Large Projects and Head of the Global MTCC Project
Yang Xinzhai, Deputy Director-General of the China Maritime Safety Administration
Andreas Nordseth, Director-General of the Danish Maritime Administration