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Voting CLOSED on 7th November.

The Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport’s (MCST) Project Cerulean at the University of the South Pacific’s Marshall Islands Campus – RMI USP – has been shortlisted for the International Windship Association’s (IWSA) 2021 “Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards.”

The awards recognise cutting-edge projects, technological innovation, and the advancement of wind propulsion as technically and commercially viable solutions in the shipping industry. These awards are intended to highlight positive decarbonization projects that are currently underway in the shipping industry.

The MCST’s Project Cerulean is shortlisted for the “Small Vessel Sector Award”. The Project demonstrates that viable sea transport options https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuvLRbcMEBWVgYNRbmgE30gxVH1oOigfsYySCgyGam4AEliQ/viewform  provide more equitable, efficient, and comprehensive transport services to connect the remote populations widely across the Oceania.

Marshall Islands Campus Director, Dr Brad Carte said “this is a fantastic accomplishment for MCST and USP” and expressed his gratitude to the entire Project Cerulean Team.

Voting for the awards is now open to the public and will continue until Sunday, 7 November 2021. The virtual awards ceremony will be held during the the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on Thursday, 11 November 2021 at 0900-1030 (UK time).

Staff and students are encouraged to vote for RMI-USP’s Project Cerulean in the “Small Vessel Sector Award” category.

The Small Vessel Award is sponsored by MARIN. The shortlist includes projects spanning the globe from Costa Rica, to the South Pacific, Australia and Europe and they are; Advanced Wing Systems, Blue Schooner Co, Ecoclipper, Grain de Sail, Project Cerulean and SAIL CARGO Inc.

Visit https://www.wind-ship.org/en/wind-propulsion-innovation-awards-2021/ to learn more about the projects and technologies, and to cast your vote.

The IWSA, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating wind propulsion solutions for commercial shipping, brings together all stakeholders involved in the development of a wind-ship sector to impact industry and government attitudes and policies.

"We must accelerate the decarbonisation of the entire transport sector" Antoinio Guterres says.

Strong statements by the UN chief comes out loud and clear on shipping and airlines industries GHG Emissions at the opening session of the 2nd United Nations Conference on Global Sustainable Shipping, in Beijing China. 

The UN chief goes on to say that current commitments are not aligned with the 1.5 degree line under the Paris Agreement.  In fact they are more consistent with warming way above 3 degrees...Zero emission ships must be the default choice, and commercially available for all by 2030, in order to achieve zero emissions in the shipping sector by 2050. - Companies must start using sustainable aviation fuels now, in order to cut carbon emissions per passenger by 65 per cent by 2050.

Watch video here.

16th October - Dr. Peter Nuttall presented to His Excellency, Mr. Zhao Chongjiu, Vice Minister of Transport, China on the two Pacific Proposals - a 100% reduction of GHG by 2050 and a universal GHG Levy on all International Shipping at the 2nd United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Meeting in Beijing, China.  In his 5 minute presentation, under Thematic Session 4: Sustainable transport and green development : Climate Change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, Dr. Nuttall is cautioning the plans by the European Union to introduce an Emissions Trading Scheme that, if implemented, the returns will benefit the European Union capability at the cost of the already vulnerable.  He reminds all for a just transition, championing the Tony Debrum legacy of "leaving none behind".  Watch video here

The ABC Radio Australia's Pacific Beat captures the juncture of IMO's progress on shipping industries carbon emissions strategy ahead of the UNFCCC (26th COP) in Glasgow.

The IMO points to a recently adopted energy efficiency rating system for ships as an example it is taking the issue seriously.

"Much like you would see an efficiency rating on a refrigerator and what that will do is rate each ship ... and if ships are rated too low they have to develop an action plan to correct that," Mr Kenney said.

Dr Nuttall doesn't think the new rating system will do much to cut emissions.

"We're talking one to three per cent overall savings ... we're not keeping up with the rise in emissions let alone peaking and dropping off," he said.    Read here.