NIMA organized a seminar on ‘IMO’s Obligations of Reducing Harmful Emissions at Sea – Pakistan’s Response and Challenges’ on 31st Jan 24. V/Adm Abdul Aleem, former DG NIMA graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He emphasized that the road ahead to achieve greener shipping in line with IMO GHG Strategy-23 is challenging but can be overcome by strategic planning and systemic capacity building.
President NIMA, in his welcome remarks, highlighted that in the era of “Climate Emergency”, the responsibility of every sector has increased manifold. Mr. Camille Bourgeon, Tech. Officer from IMO, London highlighted the need for early ratification of MARPOL Annex VI by Pakistan as it has already ratified the earlier five annexes. He also assured that IMO will render full technical support in this regard. Ms. Alia Shahid, DG Ports & Shipping, MoMA clarified that a roadmap has been chalked out for its ratification in an early time frame. Cdre Irfan Taj from PNSC presented an elaborate plan as to how PNSC will replace its aging fleet in the next thirty years. He also mentioned that existing ships have already shifted to low-carbon fuel. Dr. M. Faheem from NUST introduced the latest technologies including remote sensing systems which can help in generating air pollutant patterns that can be essential tools to identify long-term effects on the environment. He also presented low-cost air monitoring systems developed by NUST with an accuracy factor of 90%. Representatives from various maritime communities including PMSA, KPT, GPA, and provincial EPAs also gave their valuable inputs. Towards the end, it was a unanimous concern that under the SDG 13 & 14, Pakistan needs to expedite its MARPOL VI ratification process to be able to meet 2030 and 2050 GHG targets.
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