About the MTCC-Pacific Project

In 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with four-year funding support from the IMO-European Union Project, Capacity Building for Climate Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry, began an initiative to create a Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) Network and establish an MTCC in the following regions: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific.

The overall objective of the Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) Network is to support participating developing countries in these regions, particularly the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDSs), in limiting and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their shipping sector through technical assistance and capacity building to promote energy efficiency in maritime transport. The Global MTCC Network project is funded by the European Union and implemented by IMO.

The vision of the MTCC-Pacific is to promote a Pacific low-carbon maritime transport that supports the sustainable development goals of Pacific Islands countries and territories (PICTs) and the transition towards greener economies in the Pacific.

The overall objective of the MTCC-Pacific is to support targeted PICTs in their efforts to reduce their GHG emissions and reliance on fossil fuel by the implementation of standards, best practices and innovative solutions by maritime transport operators. The following results are expected in 2017–2019:

  • MTCC-Pacific formed and established;
  • capacity-building activities at the national and regional levels delivered;
  • a pilot project on “uptake of ship energy-efficient technologies and operations” implemented;
  • a pilot project on “fuel consumption data collection and reporting” implemented; and
  • communication and visibility actions delivered.

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), in joint consultation with their member countries, prepared a proposal to act as the host institutions of MTCC in the Pacific (MTCC-Pacific).

Meet The Team

Thierry Nervale

MTCC-Pacific Head
Thierry has been the Deputy Director of the Pacific Community (SPC) in charge of the Transport Programme since July 2014. Thierry comes from New Caledonia, where he was the Deputy Director of Maritime Affairs, responsible for managing the territory's Maritime Navigation and Safety Department. He holds a Master's Degree in Law and Safety of Maritime and Oceanic Activities from the University of Nantes (France). With his 26-year experience in the French Navy, in Maritime Affairs and in SPC, Thierry has a deep understanding of the challenges and the solutions to address issues in the governance of maritime transport and the technical assistance to Small Islands Developing States. To contact Thierry: [email protected]

Mark Davis

Transport Green House Gas Officer
Over the last year, Mark has been working on an ADB project in the Solomon Islands helping their Maritime Safety Administration meet the requirements of MARPOL. Mark has been a Consultant for the last 10 years, working for five years in Queensland on Australia’s largest LNG projects where he focused on coastal-marine science, and engineering, planning and legal issues. Mark started as a Petroleum Geologist in the 1980s before seeing the green light and completing post graduate Environmental Science studies in 1992. In the 1990s Mark worked for the New Zealand’s Department of Conservation and then Fletcher Challenge, NZs largest company. In 2001, he moved to Townsville, the marine science centre in Australia, where he provided advice to most of the major coastal-marine organisations in North Queensland. To contact Mark: [email protected]

Mohammed Asid Zullah

Maritime Industry Energy Efficiency Adviser
Zullah, formally Mohammed Asid Zullah was recently recruited as the Maritime Industry Energy Efficiency Officer for the MTCC-Pacific project. Zullah originally hails from Tavua, Fiji, but has spent the last ten years working in South Korea in the field of renewable energy and the shipping industry with a classification society. Zullah has diverse experience and technical knowledge on energy-efficient ship technologies, and maritime codes and practices, verifying machinery designs installed on newly built and existing vessels. He holds a masters and PhD in mechanical engineering from Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan, Korea. He is the first Fijian to receive a PhD from that university and the first PhD graduate in Korea since the establishment of the Fiji Embassy in Korea. Prior to this, Zullah obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of the South Pacific and briefly worked as a project engineer for Total (Fiji) Limited in 2007 before moving to South Korea. To contact Zullah: [email protected]

Lore Croker

Administration and Information Assistant
Lore worked as an assistant editor in the Pacific Community for nine years before joining the MTCC-Pacific project. Lore holds a BSc in Marine Science and a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Geoscience from the University of the South Pacific. She brings with her extensive publication, communication and documentation experience. For MTCC-Pacific, Lore will be looking after administrative, communicational, informational and budgetary work, along with website content management. To contact Lore: [email protected]