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
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.