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Three parties join their forces to tackle emissions from the ships and in ports.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway, have signed an agreement (MoU) to undertake technical cooperation activities to assist developing countries in their efforts to reduce emissions from ships and in ports.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) inked in London this week, the parties will work together to exchange experience, knowledge and best practice, and undertake joint resource mobilization with a view to cooperate and collaborate on actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships and the activities of ships in ports, within the frameworks of the NextGEN Connect initiative and the GreenVoyage2050 Project.

Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the IMO said, “IMO is pleased to combine the capabilities of the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project and the IMO-Singapore NextGEN Connect initiative to collectively implement green shipping activities, in particular those that can support development of low and zero-carbon fuels and related bunkering infrastructure.”

The NextGEN Connect initiative was established between the IMO and the MPA in April 2022. The initiative aims to bring industry, academia and global research centres together, to offer inclusive solutions for maritime decarbonization for trials along shipping routes.

The IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 Project was established in May 2019 by the IMO, with funding from the Government of Norway to support developing countries, including Small Islands Developing States, and Least Developed Countries, in their efforts to implement the Initial IMO Strategy on the Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships.