The Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport (MCST) and the International Windship Association (IWSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Pacific Wind Propulsion Hub to reduce GHG emissions from Pacific ships.
he two organizations will build upon past collaborative efforts to establish and expand the hub, developing a local ecosystem to enable wind propulsion technology to take-off in the region. According to IWSA, the Pacific Wind Propulsion Hub will serve as an epicenter for building capacity and exchanging experience, knowledge and best practices around wind propulsion technology use.
The Pacific Wind Propulsion Hub will create a level playing field for all stakeholders and lower the bar (and cost) on accessing finance and services, building a mutually beneficial virtual and physical network.
The hub will also incubate and support maritime organizations and companies in the region by integrating Indigenous knowledge, local development and international networks, as well as providing increased support for Research & Development, training and educational services.
Shipping and sea transport is the very lifeline of our maritime atoll nation, and our ocean region and wind propulsion played a major role in Pacific history. The Pacific Wind Propulsion Hub will enable wind power to return to the region to drive down emissions and create a sustainable shipping future.
… said Dr. Peter Nuttall, Scientific and Technical Advisor at the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport