SUVA, Fiji—The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has been selected by the International Maritime Organization to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for the Pacific region, in collaboration with the SPC’s Regional Environment Program.
The MTCC-Pacific forms part of a Global MTCC Network project on capacity building for climate mitigation in the maritime shipping industry.
The global network project is implemented by IMO and funded by the European Union.
The MTCC-Pacific will be a regional center of excellence promoting a low carbon maritime transport that supports the sustainable development goals of Pacific Small Islands Developing States and Least Developed Countries.
“We are delighted to collaborate with IMO on this very important initiative and value the collaborative work with SPREP. This Maritime Technology Cooperation Center for the Pacific will deliver capacity-building activities and pilot projects to promote the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in shipping and ports in the Pacific region which is in line with SPC’s efforts to support sustainable development across the region including in the maritime sector,” said SPC director-general Dr. Colin Tukuitonga.
The MTCC-Pacific will be located at the SPC Suva campus in, Fiji. Others MTCCs have been established in Latin America at the International Maritime University of Panama; in Africa at the Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology; in Asia at the Shanghai Maritime University; and in the Caribbean at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. (SPC)