Maritime Industry Decarbonisation Council presentation at IMO GHG working group

MIDC has given the clear message to the national delegates, present at the IMO GHG meeting, that the shipping industry is committed to reduce the GHG emissions from shipping significantly. The MIDC will again present its findings at MEPC 73 later this year.

In October 2017 the Maritime industry decarbonisation Council (MIDC), an initiative of the Belgian Shipwoners Association, was introduced at the General assembly of the IMO (International Maritime Organisation). April 6th 2018 was the final day of an intersessional working group on greenhouse gasses (ISWG-GHG) taking place at the IMO. This group has the challenging task to develop an IMO strategy to reduce GHG emissions from ships. During this meeting the MIDC had the opportunity to present an update of the ongoing work in the think-tank. Members of the MIDC presented their vision for the decarbonisation of shipping.

 

Fuels Europe highlighted that the European refinery industry is committed to this topic by continuing to reduce well-to-propeller CO2 emissions, and by providing low-carbon fuels in the future using new feedstocks. Sea Europe (representing the European shipbuilders and equipment suppliers) stated that it is possible from a technological point of view to reduce GHG emissions by 80% by 2050. Shell Shipping gave an insight on the development of an operational optimization strategy to reduce the fuel consumption of the shell LNG fleet. To end the presentation the ‘Hydroville’ was presented, a hydrogen fuelled ship. The Hydroville is a test case for CMB (Compagnie Maritime Belge) for hydrogen technology for commercial sea going vessels.

 

MIDC has given the clear message to the national delegates, present at the IMO GHG meeting, that the shipping industry is committed to reduce the GHG emissions from shipping significantly. The MIDC will again present its findings at MEPC 73 later this year.