The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced a new set of toolkits to help evaluate and address emissions from ships and ports across the globe.

Developed as part of the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) project, the new Ship Emissions Toolkit and Port Emissions Toolkit are designed to support countries seeking to develop and improve their national policy and regulatory frameworks to prevent air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

IMO’s strategic partners, which include the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), are also involved in the development of the toolkits.

Both the Ship Emissions Toolkit and Port Emissions Toolkit feature feedback received from the practical use of the guides during various training activities conducted in ten lead pilot countries participating in the GloMEEP project.

GloMEEP technical adviser Astrid Dispert said: “Ports and shipping are intrinsically linked. Efforts to reduce maritime emissions need to extend beyond seagoing ships alone.

“National authorities need to consider emissions from all sources, including cargo handling equipment, trucks, as well as domestic vessels.”

“IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations on air pollution and energy efficiency are aimed at ships, but it is clear that for port emissions to be reduced, national authorities need to consider emissions from all sources, including cargo handling equipment, trucks, as well as domestic vessels.

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“By utilising these guides, countries can develop national strategies, which will address emissions from their maritime sector as a whole, protecting public health and the environment, and contributing to the fight against climate change.”

The Ship Emissions Toolkit comprises three guides on assessment of ship emissions, incorporation of MARPOL Annex VI into national law and development of a national ship emissions reduction strategy.

The Port Emissions Toolkit includes two guides for the assessment of port emissions and the development of reduction strategies.