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).