MTCC-Caribbean Pilot Projects

  1. Uptake of Ships’ Energy Efficient Technologies

Pilot project 1 aims to map the existing energy efficient technologies and operational practices utilized on-board vessels trading within the Caribbean Area. The collected data promotes the uptake of new technologies by determining the cost benefit analysis. The goal of the pilot project was to provide decision makers with technical guidance on adopting energy efficient technologies based on sustainable performance.

Data collection for Pilot project 1 commenced on June 1, 2017 following a Shipping Notice issued by the Maritime Services Division (MSD) of Trinidad and Tobago. Vessels calling at ports within Trinidad and Tobago were required to submit data via the use of MTCC Caribbean’s Data Collection Form. This was followed by data collection from The Bahamas, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Suriname and independent submissions by various operators trading in the Caribbean region. The information on the existing reporting mechanisms within the region is also being collected and collated with the view to integrating MTCC Caribbean’s Data Collection Form to increase stakeholder participation within the respective countries.

Through pilot project 1, MTCC Caribbean was able to document the existing energy efficient technology and the best practices utilized on-board ships calling at Caribbean ports. Over 21116 data sets were analysed to compare the EEOI, EEDI, and the respective DWT of the vessels. In addition, pilot project 1 allowed for the identification of the areas of high energy consumptions and the scope for improvement using available technologies.


  1. Data Collection on Ships’ Fuel Consumption

Pilot project 2 aimed to establish a fuel consumption data collection system from the vessels calling at ports within the Caribbean region. This provided the baseline of fuel consumption for ships trading in the Caribbean region for different operating and load conditions. The outcomes were aligned to the needs of regional flag states in the development of reporting lines as required by IMO regulations which entered into force in 2018. Data collection for Pilot project 2 also commenced on June 1, 2017.

Following the establishment of Energy Efficient Focal Points (EEFP) within 15 respective territories, MTCC Caribbean was able to determine the existing reporting systems for ships calling at various ports within the region. This allowed MTCC Caribbean to monitor the total number of vessels calling at these ports. Based on the feedback from EEFP’s and stakeholders, MTCC Caribbean established an Online Voluntary Reporting System (OVRS) to collect ships’ fuel consumption data.

In addition to the implementation and reporting of data collection, a KPI for each administration was developed. MTCC Caribbean uses this KPI to measure the impact of the project in the region. These pilot projects facilitated the creation of the first baseline data for the region on the use of energy efficient technology, fuel consumption (type and quantity) and GHG emissions by merchant vessels. When published, these baselines will provide regional stakeholders with data to make informed decisions towards investment in energy efficient technology, emissions abatement and control methods.

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