Officials from home and abroad took part in the Global Forum on
Green Shipping in Shanghai on Wednesday and discussed topics ranging
from how the environmental impact of shipping can be reduced to how
maritime safety and efficiency could be improved.
The forum is part of the celebrations for the 14th China Maritime Day
and 70th anniversary of the establishment of the International Maritime
Kitack Lim, secretary general of the IMO, said that the organization
has been working on reducing the sulphur content in ship fuel, cutting
greenhouse gas emissions and implementing strict ballast water
management measures to reduce the industry's impact on the environment.
Zhang Lin, deputy director of the Shanghai Transport Commission, said
the city had in June published the 2018-2020 action plan regarding the
building of a green port in the Yangtze River Delta region that would
use ship fuel with a sulphur content of below 0.1 mass/mass percent, a
drop from the 0.5 m/m percent criteria reached in 2016.
Zhang added that the city will provide support to ensure that 50
percent of its ports have onshore electricity for docking ships.
Jin Yongxing, party secretary of Shanghai Maritime University, said
that the university has always focused on educating young people care
about the sea and promoting international exchanges between maritime
organizations in different countries. The university is a member of
International Maritime Lectures Association (IMLA) and was selected to
host the Maritime Technology Cooperation Center—Asia in 2016.
Zhang Xiaojie, acting director general of International Cooperation
Department of Ministry of Transport of China, Andreas Nordseth, director
general from Danish maritime authority, and Ye Myint, deputy director
general of Myanmar Marine Administration also made speeches at the
To honor the IMO's 70th anniversary, a song titled For a Better
Future – it was composed by students from the academies under the IMLA -
was performed during the forum.