IMO Secretary General: We must support the rise of digitalization around the world

Digitalization is very important and has a big and significant impact on the shipping industry, said Kitack Lim, Secretary General of IMO
IMO Secretary General: We must support the rise of digitalization around the world

Regarding the IMO goals for the next four years, Kitack Lim, the Secretary General of IMO stated that Looking to the future, we have focused on five specific areas of priority. Certainly, the goals will be achieved through continued cooperation. coooperation which is a key feature of IMAO's International Maritime Organization, provides an opportunity for members and other shareholders to exchange views and ideas on the issues ahead.

The first major area is addressing the biggest challenge we face, and that is climate change. IMO's initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is pursuing tangible ambitious goals, including cutting more than 80 percent of emission from commercial fleet. Work is currently underway to achieve these goals and will continue in 2020 and beyond. The initial strategy will help the shipping industry move towards a sustainable, carbon-free future.

In order to achieve this goal, a significant number of ships with zero percent emissions or ships that can easily comply with the law of using low carbon or zero percent fuels must join the global fleet by 2030.

The second area is the half-percent limit on sulfur content in ship fuel that is currently in place. The most important thing is that the law in question is applied correctly and globally, so that the full benefits can be felt. Now, IMO is focused on successfully implementing non-fuel-efficient shipping for combustion and propulsion purposes (unless the ship is equipped with a scrubber).

The third area includes digitalization, macro data, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, which have the potential to move the shipping industry and the maritime community toward a new future. We need to integrate new and evolving technologies into a regulatory and legal framework. A balance must be struck between the benefits of these technologies and, on the contrary, security and safety concerns, the impact on the environment and the facilitation of international trade, the potential cost to the industry.

The fourth area is the efficiency of the shipping industry. IMO seeks to strengthen its work to transform the shipping industry as a more efficient and integrated part of the global supply chain. The organization strives to ensure the use of technologies that can increase the connectivity and efficiency of shipping methods and ship management.

Seafarers is the fifth area of concern. the well-being of more than 1.6 million seafarers, who work on ships every day to deliver goods to people around the world.
Apr 8, 2020 17:32
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