The International Maritime Organization
(IMO) has announced that International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) has
been selected to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre
(MTCC) for the Latin America region, under an ambitious project, funded by the
European Union (EU) and implemented by IMO, to help mitigate the harmful
effects of climate change.
center will deliver the agreed project milestones over a three-year period,
making a significant contribution to the IMO’s continuing, widespread efforts
to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of the global
energy-efficiency regulations for international shipping.
centers have already been established in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. In
February, the IMO announced that Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and
Technology would host MTCC-Africa. In December 2016, the IMO announced
that Shanghai Maritime University in China would host MTCC-Asia, while the
University of Trinidad and Tobago would host MTCC-Caribbean.
more center will be established in the Pacific, to form a global network of
centers will receive allocations from €10 million ($10.9 million) of E.U.
funding to become regional centers of excellence, providing leadership in
promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations, and the reduction
of harmful emissions from ships.
Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping are expected to increase
but developing countries, which play a significant role in international
shipping, often lack the means to improve energy efficiency in their shipping
sectors. This project, formally entitled “Capacity Building for Climate Change
Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry” will enable developing countries,
especially Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, in the
target regions to effectively implement energy-efficiency measures through
technical assistance, capacity building and promoting technical cooperation.
The project will be implemented through the network of MTCCs which,
once operational, will act as focal point for:
• improving capability in the region - by working with maritime
administrations, port authorities, other relevant government departments and
related shipping stakeholders to facilitate compliance with international
regulations on energy efficiency for ships
• promoting the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in the
maritime sector through pilot projects
• raising awareness about policies, strategies and measures for the reduction
of ghg and other emissions from the maritime transport sector
• demonstrating a pilot-scale system for collecting data and reporting on
ships’ fuel consumption to improve shipowners’ and maritime administrations’
understanding in this regard, and
• developing and implementing strategies to sustain the impact of MTCC results
and activities beyond the project time-line.
International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP)
UMIP is a
public university funded by the Panamanian Government and, by law, is the
official higher education institution specialized in maritime education and
training of the Republic of Panama. The university’s scope involves all areas
related to the maritime sector, including all aspects of shipping, maritime
infrastructure and services, coastal, marine, and environmental protection.
UMIP has developed specialized training programs for the
maritime industry, including short courses, bachelor degrees, graduate studies
and master’s degrees. The institute has also been involved in research together
with national and international organizations, such as Panama Canal Authority,
Japan International Cooperation Agency and Central American Superior Council of
MTCC-Latin America will be located at UMIP. It will use the
office space, equipment, IT infrastructure and staff of the University, which
is strategically located close to the Port of the city of Panama.