When arriving at a destination port, ships can remain at anchor for many hours or days until getting a berth. During this time, fuel is still being used. This has a significant impact on port air quality. Just In Time (JIT) ship operation could be part of the solution to reducing ship emissions.
‘Just In Time’ operation is focusing on prevention instead of correction, demanding also high quality. It also notes that production should be based upon demand.
This is the issue that an IMO-led roundtable meeting of the Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) and relevant industry stakeholders addressed at IMO Headquarters, on 29 June.
Participants considered JIT operation, which currently is not a common industry practise, and how it could be applied in the shipping industry, in order to identify potential solutions that could support further use of the practise.
GIA is a public-private partnership initiative of the IMO, under the GloMEEP Project which aims to gather maritime industry leaders to support an energy efficient and low carbon maritime transport system.
Shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, oil companies and ports have come together under the GIA to identify and develop solutions to address barriers to the implementation of energy efficiency technologies and operational measures.