MTCC-Asia participated the 35th ASEAN Maritime Working Group meeting held in Singapore from February 27, 2018 to March 1, with representation of IMO and shipping organizations from Asia in addition to ten ASEAN countries including China, Japan, South Korea and India.
The meeting focused on the implementation of objectives of the ASEAN Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025 regarding shipping, including the project plan and progress of the ASEAN Maritime Regional cooperation projects, the construction of a single shipping market, and the non-convention ship safety management cooperation. At the meeting, the Chinese delegation highlighted the MTCC-Asia project which is hosted by the Shanghai Maritime University, pointing out that this project is an important foundation and prelude to the implementation of the energy efficiency of ships.
Singapore is a practical and active participant in green shipping and ship energy efficiency, showing keen interest in ship energy efficiency pilot project led by the MTCC-Asia, and clearly expressed the hope to involve in the project. Cambodia expressed its gratitude and support for MTCC-Asia who held sub-regional workshop in Phnom Penh last December and established its branch office. Dr. Jose Matheickal, Deputy Director of the IMO Marine Environmental Division, pointed out that MTCC-Asia aims to help Asian member states to effectively implement the IMO conventions through various capacity-building activities, which has been universally welcomed and supported by Member States in the past years. He expected MTCC-Asia to continue diversifying the capacity-building activities with the strong support and under the support of China maritime authorities.