Danish shipping group A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S has become the latest member to join the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) aiming to support low carbon shipping, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said.
Following the addition of Maersk and the Panama Canal this March, the GIA now comprises eighteen members.
Maersk signed up to the GIA during the fifth meeting of the GIA Taskforce at IMO Headquarters in London on March 15, 2019.
The GIA Taskforce meeting progressed work on several ongoing projects, including on the validation of performance of energy efficiency technologies, the assessment of barriers to the uptake of just-in-time operation of ships and resulting emission saving opportunities from its effective implementation, as well as work on the current status and application of alternative fuels in the maritime sector and barriers to their uptake.
The Taskforce was also shown a preview of an open-access e-learning course on the energy efficient operation of ships, which is expected to be completed and launched later this year.
Additionally, the Taskforce formalized the extension of the GIA until December 31, 2019, and agreed to develop a White Paper outlining a vision and potential priority areas for the GIA.
Launched in June 2017, the GIA is an innovative public-private partnership initiative of the IMO, under the framework of the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project that aims to bring together maritime industry leaders to support an energy efficient and low carbon maritime transport system.
Current members of the alliance are shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, oil companies and ports.