A new wave: Pacific partnership aims to develop carbon free maritime sector - The Pacific International Inc has been serving the Republic of the Marshall Islands since 1976, providing construction services and building projects. Mr. Kramer, a Board Member of the MCST speaks to the Marianas Business Journal about his support of the Pacific Blue Shipping Partnership and updating the business community on what he sees is the way forward. The Pacific Blue Shipping Partnership is a coalition of eight Pacific Islands countries, led by the Marshall Islands and Fiji together with Kiribati, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Read article
11 countries have come out boldly to support decarbonisation strategy of the Pacific proposed by the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands for the zero emissions by 2050 goal at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). These countries have also voiced support for the $100 carbon levy to be introduced by 2025 as proposed earlier this year by the two Pacific archipelagoes. “We see this as a diplomatic win for the Pacific to urge the IMO to take bold and necessary actions needed to align with 1.5 degrees,” Ambassador Albon tweeted @alishoda #ZeroBy2020. The 11 participating governments from Asia are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, The Philippines, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka. Read here
Around 80% of global trade is transported across oceans on cargo vessels powered by fossil fuels, Pacific nations are calling for decisive global action. Last week three Pacific Island states – the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands – officially asked the IMO to drastically scale up its ambition for decarbonising the shipping sector. The Guardian highlights this urgency. Read here
MCST Press Release 26th August 2021
The Pacific island nations want their proposal, ‘Resolution on Zero Emissions No Later Than 2050’, to be considered and adopted at the IMO’s Maritime Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC) 77th session scheduled to convene in November.