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Free-to-access energy efficient ship operation E-Learning course launched for seafarers and others
The foundations for the future development of a regulatory framework for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) will be laid at the 103rd session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), held in remote session from 5 to14 May 2021.
IMO is continuing to introduce countries to the concept of National Maritime Transport Policies (NMTPs). Officials from 10 countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) took part in the 4th Advanced Maritime Leaders' Programme (20 April).
Important work to update the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is continuing in the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR), which is meeting for its 8th session (19-23 April).
IMO has facilitated virtual informal discussion sessions (14-15 April) on lifecycle GHG/carbon intensity for potential future fuels for shipping. Shipping will need new fuels to achieve the levels of ambition of the IMO's Initial GHG Strategy.
A two-day Regional Workshop for stakeholders from the Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean States provided a platform to discuss progress towards ratification of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement.
A new workshop package on 'Alternative fuels and energy carriers for maritime shipping' has been launched this week (13-16 April). Georgia, India and South Africa are the first countries to benefit from the package, delivered online and organized under the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project, with China set to take part in the second workshop at the end of April.
Global efforts to prevent oil spills continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The first webinar of a new series on oil spill preparedness and response delivered by the GI WACAF Project is taking place on 14 April.