Pilot Projects

The aim of the GMN project is to help beneficiary countries limit and reduce GHG emissions from their shipping sectors through technical assistance and capacity building. In this context, each MTCC had undertaken two Pilot Projects, the first relating to low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport, and the second relating to fuel consumption data collection and reporting (DCR) systems from ships.

The purpose of the “uptake of ship energy efficient technologies and operations” Pilot Project was to demonstrate to stakeholders the feasibility of such initiatives to improve energy efficiency and also to showcase their applicability for future sustainable operations. In addition, the successful completion of these pilots helped develop and highlight the technical competency of the MTCCs. The focus of each Pilot Project on “uptake of ship energy efficient technologies and operations” varied between the different MTCCs, such as ship trim optimization (MTCC-Asia), energy audits in maritime ports and retrofitting vessels (MTCC-Pacific), maritime technology case studies (MTCCs Latin America and Caribbean).

The second category Pilot Project was on fuel consumption data collection and reporting in association with ship operators/owners and flag administrations. This voluntarily submitted baseline data provide regional stakeholders with the opportunity to make informed decisions towards investment in energy efficient technology, emissions abatement and control methods. It should be noted that the data collected by MTCCs was not submitted to IMO as part of the mandatory requirements. The approach to collecting data varies between the different MTCCs. For example, MTCC Caribbean used e-reporting with web based applications, targeting a minimum of 50% traffic in the region. For MTCC Asia and Africa, the focus had been on the use of a real-time fuel data collection and communication system to collect data.


Excellent progress has been made in the implementation of the ten Pilot Projects over their 3 year tenor and as of December 2019 all have been successfully completed.

The successful completion of Pilot Projects demonstrates that the MTCCs are perfectly positioned to implement measures locally and regionally in order to meet the challenges arising from climate change demands. Furthermore, by doing so, they would be supporting the IMO’s initial and core strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

GMN will now focus on the dissemination of the results not only across the respective regions but also at a global level.

Further details and full pilot project reports can be accessed at the individual pages below.



MTCC-Asia Pilot Projects

1. Uptake of port energy efficient technologies and operations (Ship Trim Optimization) For a target ship with constant speed, the rapidity of the ship will change with the trim difference when the speed of the main engine is fixed. This...

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MTCC-Africa Pilot Projects

1. Uptake of port energy efficient technologies and operations (Energy audit for Africa ports) Africa has experienced tremendous growth in the shipping industry in the recent past, mainly due to the rapid economic growth in the region. However, most African...

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MTCC-Caribbean Pilot Projects

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...

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MTCC-Latin America Pilot Projects

1. Uptake of port energy efficient technologies and operations (Barriers and Constraints Examination) The Pilot Project will utilize the existing international legislative initiatives on Ship Energy Efficient Technologies and Operations created under the umbrella of the IMO as a trigger...

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MTCC-Pacific Pilot Projects

1. Uptake of port energy efficient technologies and operations (Energy Audit and Ship Retrofitting) The pilot-projects take into account the unique circumstances of Pacific Islands countries in terms of capacity to incorporate and implement international instruments and to progress energy...

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