The central theme for this 12 months’s World Maritime Day, titled “MARPOL at 50 – Our dedication goes on”, seeks to underscore the importance of collaboration in advancing and implementing essentially the most stringent possible security and environmental requirements inside the realm of world transport.

In line with this goal, we’ve reached out to trade consultants to solicit their insights in response to the next query:

As we mark this 12 months’s World Maritime Day, what are your high priorities or desired actions for maritime stakeholders of their dedication to marine environmental safety beneath the MARPOL Conference?

Linette Casey, Head of Americas Gross sales for Electrification, Automation, and Digitalization at Siemens Vitality [Siemens Energy is a Blue Sky Maritime Coalition Leadership Sponsor]

On World Maritime Day, our paramount focus for maritime stakeholders facilities on bolstering marine environmental preservation and bringing maritime stakeholders collectively throughout the worth chain to advance emissions reductions. To successfully navigate the decarbonization journey, collaborations like Blue Sky Maritime Coalition are key and, we advocate for tailor-made options that help vessel homeowners in decreasing emissions whereas enhancing OPEX prices. Customized hybrid configurations that swimsuit numerous ship varieties and mission profiles are important for optimizing effectivity. Embracing different fuels like eMethanol, hydrogen gasoline cells, and superior energy vegetation leveraging vitality storage and variable-speed diesel-electric propulsion holds nice potential. Built-in fast-charging options and propulsion enhancements like SISHIP SiPOD podded propulsors optimize hydrodynamics. Advancing gasoline generators with future gasoline versatility is an choice for high-powered vessels. Combining these applied sciences with digital modeling and simulations early on is essential for a sustainable future.


Diane Gilpin, CEO/ Founder, Sensible Inexperienced Transport Alliance

The trade has been calling for readability on decreasing emissions via regulation, however it’s not taking place quick sufficient. We don’t have the time to attend for regulation to catch up and discussions round different fuels have been an excessive amount of of a spotlight. We have to transfer with urgency and work with what’s in entrance of us. Maritime stakeholders must take a more durable have a look at wind because it’s such an apparent answer – it’s considerable, freely out there, saves prices and drives down emissions. Wind powered ships additionally produce much less noise, thus decreasing the influence on marine life. The know-how already exists and people who act now stand to reap important monetary and reputational advantages.


Bjørn Kjærand Haugland, co-founder and Chief Government Officer, Skift Enterprise Local weather Leaders

On this World Maritime Day, it’s essential for maritime stakeholders to prioritize marine environmental safety beneath the MARPOL Conference. First, rigorous adherence to all of the MARPOL’s rules, significantly these pertaining to air pollution prevention, is crucial. Stakeholders ought to put money into superior applied sciences and practices to reduce oil and chemical spills, scale back emissions, and forestall littering of oceans.Second, fostering worldwide cooperation is important to fight cross-border air pollution and guarantee world adherence to MARPOL requirements. Moreover, selling sustainable transport practices, similar to adopting eco-friendly fuels, know-how and vessel designs, needs to be a precedence for all the maritime group. Lastly, elevating consciousness and educating the maritime group on the significance of environmental safety is important for long-term sustainability.These corridors of actions will help the maritime group to successfully uphold the MARPOL Conference’s objectives of defending marine environments and to actively promote sustainable transport practices.


Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/CEO, NAMEPA & IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador

Over the previous 50 years, IMO has handed MARPOL rules and their updates to inspire trade to mitigate its influence on the setting.  MARPOL has resulted in a lower in these impacts, prompted new know-how and practices, and motivated trade to be good stewards of the marine setting. The work is just not full.  Many nations haven’t embedded MARPOL (or MARPOL-type) laws into their nationwide framework, leaving them susceptible to environmental impacts.  Within the Caribbean alone, solely 25% of those nations are defending their marine setting via MARPOL devices.  Different nations shouldn’t have a powerful Port State Management regime; IMO can create all of the rules on the earth, however they have to be enforced by member states.


Dr Prapisala Thepsithar, Director of Analysis & Initiatives, International Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD)

To satisfy the IMO’s 2050 net-zero objective, I consider that collaboration throughout the worth chain is critical to handle transport’s vitality transition to a low-/zero-carbon financial system. One in every of our high priorities at GCMD is to ascertain an assurance framework to supply transparency to GHG emissions discount throughout the marine fuels provide chain. We’re working with a consortium of 23 trade companions on 5 end-to-end provide chain trials tracing the standard, amount, and emissions abatement of drop-in biofuels to lift consumer confidence of the integrity of the inexperienced fuels provide chain. This assurance framework will also be prolonged to future drop-in fuels, similar to bio-LNG, bio-methanol, and inexperienced ammonia.


Maria Vitoratou Zisimatou, Senior Specialist, Maritime Decarbonisation Athens Centre Workforce Chief, Efficiency, Design & Atmosphere (PDE) Companies, Lloyd’s Register
We’re working our maritime enterprise in occasions when MARPOL clearly displays the anxiousness of our societies. Way more now, than 50 years in the past, MARPOL is linked with the younger era’s quest for a sustainable future. Our dedication ought to go on appreciating and responding to this responsibility. Addressing in an aspirational but demanding method all elements that pollute our marine setting, whereas making certain that the common nature of saving our world can solely be achieved by the worldwide governance that IMO can present. As Lloyd’s Register, we might be working with all stakeholders to make sure quick and technically viable selections are applied and ensuring individuals are skilled and statutory compliance is achieved.


The views introduced are solely these of the creator and don’t essentially mirror these of SAFETY4SEA and are for data sharing and dialogue functions solely.