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Workshop Discusses Reduction of Green House Gases From Ships

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport hosted the Pacific Island International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Technical Officers workshop on the reduction of Green
14 Feb 2018 11:00
Workshop Discusses Reduction of Green House Gases From Ships
Maritime Safety Authority

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport hosted the Pacific Island International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Technical Officers workshop on the reduction of Green House Gases (GHG) from ships last week.

The workshop opened by assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Vijay Nath at Tanoa Plaza on February 7, 2018 was facilitated by the Pacific Island Development Forum.

“It is well recognised that shipping accounts for two per cent of GHG global emissions which continues to increase in parallel with the continuing growth in world trade and number of newly constructed ships,” MSAF chief executive officer, John Tunidau said.

“As such, it is important that the shipping sector addresses the issue of shipping emission by way of short term and long term measures since it is of paramount concern to the international community, including Fiji,” he said.

“Therefore, shipping has to do its part to contribute to achieving the UNFCCC Paris Agreement that is holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.”

Reduction of GHG is a major part of the Fijian Government’s five year and 20 year National Development Plan (NDP).

 

Fijian Government’s commitment to reduction of GHG emissions is focusing on strategies such as:

  • Support transition towards low carbon transport;
  • Improving operational efficiency of ships;
  • Re-introducing age limit on second had ships; and
  • Support Tech Advancement- efficient hull & Propeller designs.

– MSAF

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