From 22nd to 24th of August 2018, the MTCC-Latin America held its Second National Workshop on “Ship Energy Efficiency and Emissions Reduction” in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The event was attended by representatives from the General Maritime Directorate (DIMAR) and the maritime and port industry of Colombia. During this workshop participants gained and updated their knowledge on key issues of energy efficiency for the maritime transport industries. Attendees exchanged experiences as well as identified challenges and opportunities regarding the incorporation and implementation of IMO´s ship EE regulations in Colombia.
On June 13, 14 and 15, 2018, MTCC-Latin America held its First National Workshop on Technical Aspects of Energy Efficiency for Ships. This event took place in Panama City, Panama, and was attended by representatives of the Maritime Administration of Panama , industry service providers, universities and other training institutions of Panama. During this workshop the participants learned and updated their knowledge on key energy efficiency measures for ships, exchanged experiences and identified opportunities for the implementation of IMO applicable international standards.
Also during the month of March 2018, the MTCC-Latin America delivered its First Regional Workshop on IMO Energy Efficiency regulations. The seminar was attended by representatives of the Maritime Administrations of 14 Latin American countries, members of the maritime and port industry, as well as representatives of maritime universities. The speakers included industry experts from North America, Europe and Panama, as well as from the World Maritime University.
During the month of March 2018, the MTCC-Latin America was officially launched in Panama City. This important event was attended by national and regional maritime authorities, representatives from the MTCC-Asia, as well as diplomats accredited in Panama. Among the keynote speakers were the Minister for Maritime Affairs of Panama, Representatives of the European Union and the IMO, and the President of UMIP, the hosting institution of the MTCC.
In December 2017, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) officially launched the global network of Maritime Technology Cooperation Centers as an important initiative to promote the implementation of technologies, practices and measures to mitigate climate change in maritime transport. This event was held during the realization of the General Assembly of the Member States of IMO in London, England.
The ISPS Forum was held in the City of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in September 2017. The main purpose of this event was to examine the implementation of maritime, port security measures, as well as environmental concerns affecting the port industry. In its participation the MTCC-Latin America highlighted its objectives of helping reduce greenhouse emissions from ships and adopt efficient energy technologies and management practices on board. This would contribute to the environmental solutions of the sector.
During the month of July 2017, MTCC-Latin America participated in the Central American Isthmus Port Meeting (REPICA), in the City of Belize. The objective of this event was to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences through the discussion of the port’s maritime problems in the region.
The MTCC-Latin America participated in the first regional seminar of its MTCC-Caribbean counterparts. The event took place in the city of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, headquarters of the Center, and served to strengthen the bonds of cooperation with our Caribbean colleagues.