The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Caribbean (MTCC Caribbean) presented a paper and poster at the inaugural research symposium hosted by The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Trinidad and Tobago. The symposium, “UTT’s role in research, new knowledge and wealth creation in Trinidad and Tobago”, included presentations from academia on topics such as, cultural and creative industries development, food security, green society, industrial upgrading, healthy citizens, global skills cultivation, 21st century infrastructure and entrepreneurship.
The MTCC Caribbean is one of five MTCCs constituting the Global Maritime Network (GMN) Project. This project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with the central aim of promoting technical cooperation and capacity building within the maritime sector of the region. It is one of the initiatives implemented by the IMO geared towards Climate Change mitigation through the reduction of Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships. MTCC Caribbean is also hosted by The University of Trinidad and Tobago and in pursuing climate action in the maritime sector, the MTCC has executed several capacity building workshops since June 2017 and is implementing two pilot projects involving the uptake of energy efficient technologies and fuel consumption reporting. Mrs. Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, Director and Head of MTCC Caribbean presented in the first session of the symposium to introduce the goals of the Global MTCC Network in mitigating climate change in the maritime industry. The Global MTCC Network Project aims to:
✓ improve compliance with existing and future international energy-efficiency regulations
✓ help participating countries develop national energy-efficiency policies and measures for their maritime sectors
✓ promote uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport
✓ establish voluntary pilot data-collection and reporting systems to feed back into the global regulatory process
The MTCC Caribbean has established Energy Efficiency Focal Points (EEFP) in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Each EEFP is tasked with facilitating a regional enabling environment to fulfil the objectives of MTCC Caribbean’s pilot projects. These two projects will provide the baseline data on the use of energy efficient technology, abatement methods and fuel consumption (type and quantity) on board merchant vessels within the Caribbean region.
The poster and paper highlighted the need for active participation and support from regional stakeholders and partners, especially in the voluntary MTCC Caribbean data collection and reporting system which is highly dependent on cooperation and reporting from 16 Caribbean territories. Preliminary results and reflections on the obstacles being encountered in implementation of the project indicated a need for greater stakeholder engagement to promote greater participation in data reporting from commercial shipping operators, and estimated 50% reporting from vessels from the region by the close of the project in 2019.
The paper and poster, outlined the approach to data gathering, the current challenges and mitigation strategies in implementation of pilot projects. It also highlighted the measures required in the region to facilitate the data collection within the maritime sector. The poster can be viewed on the MTCC Caribbean website. Mr. Stephan Nanan, Greenhouse Gas Advisor, also presented a paper on “Reducing emissions from ships in port areas of Trinidad and Tobago”, which was co-authored with Captain Sukhjit Singh, Deputy Director and Technical Head of MTCC Caribbean. The research and work of the MTCC Caribbean is driving the agenda for climate action and sustainable development in the maritime sector in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region. Through our individual and collective action, we can drive an agenda for a more sustainable future. Climate action is our joint responsibility. Join us in this journey by facilitating our data gathering and keeping up to date with activities related to climate action. You can follow MTCC Caribbean on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and Flikr.