The Grimaldi Group has signed yestarday 6th July the contract with IMO to join the new Global Industry Alliance (GIA), the group of environmentally conscious maritime industry players supporting transitioning shipping and its related industries towards a low carbon future.
Grimaldi's signature arrived during the week of the 71st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) which started on Monday 3rd July at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London.
Although maritime transport is already by far the most energy efficient mode of transport on a per ton-mile basis, the Grimaldi Group, being among the major players of the sector recognizes his role and responsibility towards the effort to improve shipping’s environmental performance and achieve further savings in fuel consumption and emissions through the uptake of technical and operational measures.
Together, the GIA partners will collectively identify and develop innovative solutions to address common barriers to the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency technologies and operational measures. GIA operates under the auspices of the GloMEEP Project, a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization (IMO) project aimed at supporting developing countries in the implementation of energy efficiency measures for shipping.
The Grimaldi Group joins the thirteen members that form part of GIA which are: ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd.; DNV GL SE; Lloyd's Register EMEA; MarineTraffic; MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.; Ricardo UK Ltd; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited; Silverstream Technologies; Stena AB; Wärtsilä Corporation; Total Marine Fuels Pte Ltd; and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.
It is suggested that GIA focuses on five priority areas of collaboration:
1. Energy Efficiency Technologies (EETs) and Operational Best Practices
2. Alternative Fuels and Energy Carriers
3. Digital Transformation
5. Human Element
GIA was officially inaugurated last 29th June at a launch ceremony held at the headquarters of the IMO and will have an initial duration of two years.