WMU Supports Capacity Building to Address GHG Measures

The World Maritime University (WMU) is delighted to note the decisions made by the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at its 77th Session, which took place from 22-26 November 2021. The MEPC adopted a Resolution on the voluntary use of cleaner fuels in the Arctic to reduce black carbon emissions. It also adopted a strategy to address marine plastic litter from ships, adopted and revised guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning (EGCS), agreed the scope of work on discharge waste of EGCS, and considered matters relating to the Ballast Water Management Convention. 

Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU stated, “WMU welcomes the accelerated efforts of the MEPC to reduce GHG emissions and establish an International Maritime Research and Development Board. WMU is ready to support the work required, taking advantage of our incredible Alumni network to support countries in addressing GHG measures.”

WMU is advancing research and education in support of ensuring that capacities are built worldwide for sustainable energy technologies in the maritime sector. WMU has an important teaching and research role to play with an educational stream on Maritime Energy Management (MEM) that is a direct and effective mechanism for addressing GHG emissions. WMU is strongly committed to UN SDG 13 focused on climate change and works to support the achievement of sustainable and energy-efficient maritime and ocean industries.

Since 2016, WMU has offered a MEM specialization within its Master of Science in Maritime Affairs programme. In 2018, WMU launched a new postgraduate diploma programme in MEM by distance learning. To date, 62 maritime professionals from 31 different developing countries have graduated from the MSc programme in MEM, therefore disseminating expertise to the graduates’ home countries to maximize the global efforts towards decarbonization of international shipping. Out of the 62 WMU graduates who have specialized in MEM, 34 are from Africa. 

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