IMO Sustainable Maritime Transport System Concept

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During the Maritime Day on 26/09/13 the IMO released a Concept Document

The IMO Concept document (click here) identifies various actions for the future including the need for Energy efficinecy and port-ship Interfacce, i.e Single Window developments. Within this context two goals are identified: 

Goal 1 –Efficiency beyond the ship, addressing the ship-shore interface through streamlining and standardization of the documentation for both the delivery and the reception of cargo, improving coordination and promoting the use of electronic systems for clearance of ships, cargoes, crews and passengers.

Goal 2 - Efficient port facilities to keep the operational efficiency of ships at the highest level (e.g. hull cleaning and propeller polishing facilities, specialized fuel and power supply services) The logistics infrastructure should allow ships to sail at optimal speeds for their charted trajectories (e.g. cargo logistics and port planning, just-in-time berthing, weather routeing). All these elements would form part of a “holistic” energy efficiency concept for the whole system. Innovation and best practices for efficient ship operation and ship-to-shore interfacing should be rigorously pursued.


Six activities are identified:

  1. Implementation of energy-efficiency measures (such as EEDI and SEEMP) - To be executed by: Industry, financial institutions (including GEF (Global Environment Facility) and RDBs (regional development banks))
  2.  Continued development and implementation of efficiency measures for ships. To be executed by: Governments, industry
  3.  Promote the use of standardized single-window electronic systems and consolidated advance information for clearance of ships (including adoption of “Virtual Arrival”), their crews, cargo and passengers. To be executed by: Governments, IGOs (including WCO (World Customs Organization), WTO (World Trade Organization), UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe )), industry
  4.  Promote maritime trade facilitation, through regional and national coordination and cooperation. To be executed by: Governments, IGOs, industry
  5.  Coordination of initiatives for intelligent use of ports and terminal spaces and cargo handling infrastructure (e.g. coordination for arrival slots). To be executed by: Governments, IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbors), industry
  6.  Assistance to ensure infrastructure financing in developing countries. To be executed by: Financial institutions (including World Bank and RDBs)