Future of Shipping Webinars - jointly hosted by IMO and the Maritime and Port Authority, Singapore


The IMO and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore are jointly organizing two webinars on the Future of Shipping, on 17 September 2020 and 8 October 2020. The webinars seek to share insights on digitalization, decarbonisation and trade in a disrupted world following the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Future of Shipping: Digitalization

The second webinar – “Future of Shipping: Digitalization” will be held online on 8 October 2020 from 10 a.m – 12 a.m (BSM, GMT+1).

Shipping, the backbone of the world economy, is undergoing a digital transformation. These challenging times have highlighted the need for greater resilience in global supply chains and the benefits that digitalisation offers. However, the maritime sector has yet to unlock digitalisation’s full potential. How can digitalisation make shipping and ports more resilient, efficient and green? How do we collaborate to address the challenges involved and to increase access to the benefits? What should be the next step for digitalisation in the future of shipping and ports?

The webinar will hear presentations on the potential that digitalization offers to make the maritime supply chain more resilient even in the face of new demands, and also discuss how to overcome challenges faced by maritime administrations and the industry on their digitalization voyage.

Register here https://twistmedia.sg/events/fos_digitalisation2020.htm


Future of Shipping: Decarbonisation

The first webinar – “Future of Shipping: Decarbonisation” was held online on 17 September 2020.

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"NextGEN" shipping decarbonization concept mooted for green and efficient navigation

A new concept for a collaborative global ecosystem of maritime transport decarbonization initiatives has been introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Singapore, during a global webinar on decarbonization (17 September),

The NextGEN initiative aims to facilitate information sharing on decarbonization initiatives across many stakeholders (including IMO Member States, NGOs, industry and academia); identify opportunities and gaps for decarbonization in the global shipping community; and create important networks and platforms for collaboration across these initiatives. This network initiative has been named "NextGEN", where GEN is short for "Green and Efficient Navigation".

The webinar, attended by more than 500 maritime leaders and professionals, from 63 countries, was jointly organised by IMO and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. (View full webinar here.)

During the webinar, IMO Secretary-General Mr Kitack Lim recognized the unprecedented times in which we are living and expressed his belief that "the single biggest challenge we are still facing is the battle against global warming and climate change". He called for more action to speed up research into zero carbon marine fuels.

"To achieve this, IMO is stepping up its efforts to act as a global forum and promoter in R&D in zero carbon marine fuels, bringing together interested stakeholders from public and private sectors, and also private and development banks and other potential donors around the world," Mr. Lim said. (Download full speech here.)

The Minister for Transport, Singapore, Mr. Ong Ye Kung, said the world needed to keep up the fight against climate change, even while dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. "No one can do this alone. It is a global ambition, to be accomplished by the international maritime community. But we all have capabilities, expertise, and resources to contribute to this endeavour. Singapore will do our part, and we look forward to the maritime community coming together, under the leadership of the IMO, to redouble our efforts and build a better, greener world," Mr. Ong Ye Kung said.

Outlining the principle features of the NextGEN concept, Mr. Jose Matheickal, Chief of Department of Partnerships and projects of IMO, said further discussions were envisaged at the forthcoming Future of Shipping Conference in Singapore in [February] 2021. Dedicated NextGEN workshops in 2021 will be organised by IMO and supported by Singapore, to bring together various decarbonization initiatives, in order to map out in detail the global shipping decarbonization web.

A subsequent global mapping document will inform a wider audience through relevant IMO meetings. It is envisaged that NextGEN will act as a catalyst to spur collaboration among the various initiatives once the NextGEN collaboration platform is fully developed by 2022/2023. 

Other speakers at the webinar gave presentations spanning the entire spectrum of various existing cooperation-frameworks on decarbonization, ranging from initiatives in the Pacific to actions led by the maritime industry and financial institutions.

Panel discussions provided an opportunity to share views on additional opportunities for cooperation and outlining potential next steps to support achieving the 2050 level of ambition of reducing GHG emissions from international shipping by at least half compared to 2008, as set out in the IMO GHG Strategy.

View full webinar

Watch the webinar in full: https://fos-decarbonisation2020.sg/

Future of Shipping: Digitalization

The second IMO-Singapore webinar - "Future of Shipping: Digitalization"  - will be held online on 8 October 2020 from 10 a.m – 12 a.m (BSM, GMT+1). It will hear presentations on the potential that digitalization offers to make the maritime supply chain more resilient even in the face of new demands, and also discuss how to overcome challenges faced by maritime administrations and the industry on their digitalization voyage. Read more: http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/Pages/Maritime-Perspectives-IMO-Singapore.aspx  

IMO global projects - find out more

For further information, on NextGEN and current projects, please contact:  partnerships@imo.org.  

Website: http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/PartnershipsProjects/Pages/default.aspx   


The webinars are open to all interested parties (subject to capacity constraints) and addressed to maritime administrations, industry professionals and organizations from the maritime community. The webinars will be conducted in English without interpretation. 

Sign up here: https://twistmedia.sg/events/fos_digitalisation2020.htm