The Cambodia branch office, launched on December 18 2017 is weaving out a finer pattern on the map of GMN (Global MTCC Network) which is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), adding more members onto the nodes of the network in the sub-region of ASEAN as MTCC-Asia continues its effort to take a leading role in promoting the GHG emission control and green shipping awareness. This is the latest effort of MTCC-Asia, launched in May 15 2017 under the GMN project, making itself as the 1st regional maritime centers that branch out to Cambodia.
This effort of MTCC-Asia is hailed by H.E Sun Chanthol, the Senior Minister of Ministry of Public Works and Transportation. In his address to the launch event, he points out that maritime technology is the key to curb GHG emission and promote the ship energy efficiency. Climate change which has a severe havoc on environment should be seriously addressed as there are more and more draughts, hurricanes, sea level rise and etc. It is crucial for Cambodia government to act now to make its contribution to the international world. The establishment of Cambodia branch office, a significant step in the history of Cambodia shipping industry, provides a rare opportunity for Cambodia to be in the same pace with the world in ship GHG mitigation and energy efficiency promotion.
A congratulatory video from Jose Matheickal, Deputy Director of Marine Environment Division, IMO is played on the launch event. He says that this is as “an important milestone in our efforts to address the climate change issues”, which is a productive outcome of the Shanghai Maritime University, the host of MTCC-Asia. He also calls for joint efforts from neighboring countries to find answers to issues we are facing.
Jin Yongxing, the Chair of University Council and Director of MTCC-Asia, says that he envisions a closer tie on the long established friendship with Cambodia government as the branch office is set up as a response to the B&R Initiative of China in the field of ship GHG emission control. Without the wholehearted collaboration and support from the Cambodian government, there will be no existence of this branch office. In his judgement, this branch office is the 1st sub-regional branch office set up by the MTCCs, which will reach out the maritime needs for green shipping in a more direct way.
Attending the launch event are H.E Leng Thunyuthea, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, H.E Leng Thunyuthea, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, H.E Eang Vengsun, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, H.E Chan Dara, Director General, General Department of Waterway-Maritime Transport and Port, and Mak Sideth, Deputy Director General, General Department of Waterway-Maritime Transport and Port.
As many as 40 representatives from Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, India and Indonesia also attend the ceremony. They will join in the 5-day workshop themed with EE Technology, GHG mitigation regulations’, Train the Trainers and country report seminar.