A global Train-the-Trainer workshop on energy efficiency has been delivered in China (23-27 May), preparing the personnel needed to cascade knowledge on energy efficiency for ships and related efforts for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.
The five-day intensive course was organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), within the framework of the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project. The workshop was co-hosted by the China Maritime Safety Administration (China MSA) and Dalian Maritime University (DMU). The GloMEEP Project aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping. China is one of the ten Lead Pilot Countries implementing the GloMEEP Project.
The 30 participants on the course (including two from each GloMEEP Lead Pilot Country and ten further national participants from China) have undergone training in the art and techniques of knowledge transfer in a class room environment, particularly aimed at adult learners, alongside comprehensive technical training on energy efficient ship operation and the regulatory requirements.
Welcoming the trainers on the course, Dr. Jose Matheickal, Head of Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme Implementation and Major Projects, Marine Environment Division, IMO, referred to the challenges set by the Paris Climate Change Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and recalled that IMO has adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures under Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). These regulations made mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for certain types of new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.
“We have a long way to go and the road ahead is challenging for many developing countries who may not have the necessary capacity to implement and enforce these measures. To increase the impact of these measures and to ensure that no one is left behind, we need to enhance the capacity in all countries in all aspects of implementation of MARPOL Annex VI. We need the capable trainers, such as you, who have been handpicked by your Governments to be the trainers of the future; we need universities such as Dalian Maritime University to sustain the momentum created through such activities by incorporating such training in their regular curriculum; we need students such as you who will get trained and use this information in your future maritime careers and to contribute to the efforts by sharing the knowledge to make informed choices and the right decisions. Collectively we can train the world so that collectively we can ensure the future of our planet,” Dr Matheickal said.
“I consider this activity to be a milestone event for IMO where we continue to build and strengthen the foundation for capacity building by growing the pool of trainers around the world. It shows the commitment of IMO to respond to the needs of our member States to support effective implementation of the international regulations on energy efficiency for ships,” commented Dr Stefan Micallef, Director of IMO’s Marine Environment Division.
The workshop was facilitated by international and national experts on ships’ energy efficiency and was coordinated by the Project Coordination Unit of GloMEEP, led by Ms Astrid Dispert, Technical Adviser to the GloMEEP Project.
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GloMEEP is a GEF-UNDP-IMO project aimed at supporting the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency measures for shipping, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. It supports ten Lead Pilot Countries of the project to implement the IMO-adopted measures, through:
- Legal, policy and institutional reforms;
- Awareness raising and capacity-building activities; and
- Establishment of public-private partnerships to encourage technology transfer.
The Lead Pilot Countries (LPCs) of the GloMEEP Project are: Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa.
Further information on GloMEEP can be found here.
The IMO Train the Trainer Course on Energy Efficient Ship Operation can be downloaded here. The six modules cover:
- Module 1: Climate change and the shipping response
- Module 2: IMO energy efficiency regulations and related guidelines
- Module 3: From management to operation
- Module 4: Ship board energy management
- Module 5: Ship port interface and energy efficiency
- Module 6: Energy management plans and systems.