IMO is shining a spotlight on the role of emerging technologies to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, during the World Maritime Day 2022, on 29 September.
During this day, celebrations will focus on the theme of ‘New technologies for greener shipping’, providing a platform to showcase inclusive maritime innovation, research and development, and the demonstration and deployment of new technologies.
In his message on the World Maritime theme, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said:
Our theme ‘New technologies for greener shipping’ provides an incentive to further examine how digitalization and automation can support shipping. But technological solutions for cleaner, safer and more sustainable shipping must also benefit people. In this regard, the impact on seafarers and other marine personnel, including the need for training must be considered
Global theme for greener tomorrow
The 2022 theme of “New technologies for greener shipping” aims to promote inclusive innovation and uptake of new technologies to support the needs for a greener transition of the maritime sector, especially in the context of developing countries, and in particular the small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).
The theme is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 13 and 14 on climate action and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources; SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure; and SDG 17, which highlights the importance of partnerships and implementation to achieve these goals.
What is more, IMO will be hosting a two-day Innovation Forum and engaging global audiences to share their thoughts on the World Maritime theme via social media.
The IMO-UNEP-Norway Innovation Forum (held on 28 and 29 September 2022 both in person at IMO Headquarters in London and on a hybrid basis with livestream) aims to champion innovation to accelerate the transition of the marine sector towards a zero- and low-emission future.
IMO invites all maritime stakeholders to share information on what technologies they are using or actions they are taking to make shipping greener. The hashtag is #WorldMaritimeDay.
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