Green Shipping conference


The green transition presents challenges and opportunities for the global shipping sector. IMO, in collaboration with the Maritime Authorities of Ghana and Denmark, has co-organized and co-sponsored, through IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP), a Green Shipping conference in Accra, Ghana (15-16 February). The conference provided a forum to discuss opportunities and challenges for African countries in the decarbonization of international shipping. The theme was "Unlocking Opportunities for Green Shipping in Africa."

Please find IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim opening speech here

Programme and presentations

Please find the programme below or download the programme here

February 15

09.50 - 10.20 Welcome and opening remarks

  • Mr. Thomas Kofi Alonsi, Director General of Ghana Maritime Authority
  • Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization
  • Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Ghana's Minister for Tranportation

10.30 - 11.50 Session in opportunities including presentations

Energy efficiency and technology development, moderated by Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director of Danish Shipping

Regulatory framework

  1. Roel Hoenders, Head of Air, Pollution and Energy Efficiency, International Maritime Organization. “IMO on regulation and progress on short term energy efficiency measures”

Concrete measures

  1. Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director, Climate, environment and safety, Danish Shipping. "Energy efficiency continues to be key for decarbonization"

  2. Lydia Ngugi, Maritime Technology Cooperation Center Africa. "Energy efficiency in line with regulation supporting decarbonisation"

  3. Hany El Nady, Chief Group Representative, Mærsk. "Mærsk's perspective on decarbonization and energy efficiency"

  4. Christopher David Sulle, Sales and Projects, DESMI. "Pump solutions and energy efficiency"

11.50 - 12.30 Green jobs

13.30 -14.45 Session on ooportunities including presentations

Green Corridors: 

  • Tanja Dalgaard and Jan-Christoph Napierski, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. "Green corridors project with Chilean government"

  • Panel on green ports in Africa. Moderated by Michael Luguje, Director General of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority. Panel consisting of: 

  1. Mohamed Samara, Chief Executive Officer at Meridian Port Services, Port of Tema, Ghana

  2. Tauqeer Ahmed, Head of Engineering Centre of Excellence, Transnet National Ports Authority, Port of Ngqura, South Africa.

  3. Frida Youssef, Chief of Transport Section at Trade Logistics Branch at UNCTAD

  4. Safae Lyazidi, Head of Security and Sustainable Development, Port Authority of Morocco. "Morocco port sector's green transition"

14.45 -15.30 Alternative energy and fuel production and financing, moderated by Jan-Christoph Napierski, Head of public affairs, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping:

Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance - alternative fuels and opportunities for Africa, cas studies and panel, including: 

  1. Masopha Moshoeshoe, Chief Director, Investment Promotion and Unblocking, Ministry of the Presidency, South Africa. "Unlocking opportunities for green shipping in Africa" 

  2. Frans Kalenga, Senior Manager for sustainable energies at NAMCOR and special assistant to the Minister of Mines and Energy on Green Hydrogen and Synthetic Fuels, Namibia

16.00 - 17.00 Support for green infrastructure, panel moderated by Dr. Kwasi Awuah-Werekoh, Director of Finance, Ghana Maritime Authority:

  1. Isabelle Rojon, Maritime Transport Specialist, Transport Global Practice at World Bank Group. "Support for green infrastructure"

  2. Marco M. Yamacuchi. African Development Bank. "Redefining the transport Intraestructure system in Africa"

February 16

09.30 – 09.45 Welcome and take aways from day one by Director General Thomas Kofi Alonsi

09.45 – 11.00 Keynote: Perspectives on green shipping in an African context by Harry Conway, Liberian representative to IMO and chair of MEPC

Panel discussion: What is in it for Africa?, moderated by Harry Conway. Panel: 

  • Mr. John Omingo, Director General of Kenya Maritime Authority

  • Mr. Jonas Sheelongo, Deputy Executive Director of Transport, Ministry of Works and Transport of Namibia

  • Dr. Mrs. Oma P. Ofodile, Deputy Director of Marine Environment Management Department, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency

  • Capt. Abdul Nasir Inusah, Director Technical, Ghana Maritime Authority

  • RADM. Ahmed Abdelkhalek Badawy, Head of Central Administration, Maritime Transport Sector, Egypt

11.00 – 12.00 Side event on maritime solutions

12.00 – 13.00  Interactive session

15.30 – 16.00  Closing remarks by Director General Thomas Kofi Alonsi