The MTCC-Asia branch office in Myanmar was successfully and impressively launched on November 5 2018 in Myanmar Maritime University (MMU), Yangon, which was the latest effort of MTCC-Asia to have 2nd reach-out on the map of GMN (Global MTCC Network), adding another important sub-regional center to the established network in ASEAN as MTCC-Asia pushed forward the promotion of GHG emission control and green shipping awareness. Mr. Thaung Kyaing, Director of Department of Maritime Administration (DMA), Mr. Shi Xin, Vice President of Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) and Executive Director of MTCC-Asia，Mr. Ye Myint, Deputy Director General of Department of Maritime Administration (DMA), and Dr. Myat Lwin, Rector of Myanmar Maritime University, Ruan Wei, Head of MTCC-Asia and nearly 80 people were at the grand and magnificent launch event.
Mr. Thaung Kyaing, Director of Department of Maritime Administration delivered a vivacious speech at the launch event. “GHG emission control in the maritime industry is critically important to the Myanmar Maritime Administration, for it will promote the awareness of green shipping, and what is more, the new technology brought by the MTCC-Asia in the aspect of GHG emission control, and the data collection regarding the fuel consumption.” He also encouraged MMU to collaborate with MTCC-Asia and SMU in the future.
“MTCC-Asia Myanmar Office is the fruit of the newest reach-out of the IMO ambition,” said Mr. Shi Xin, Vice President of SMU and Executive Director of MTCC-Asia. He recalled that at its 72nd session, 9 – 13 April 2018, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted the IMO’s Greenhouse Gases Emissions strategy. In the Initial Strategy, technological innovation and global introduction of alternative fuels and/or energy sources are regarded as an integral part to achieve the overall ambition of IMO. In this regard, MTCC-Asia under the IMO is certain to make contributions to the climate change. He also said “without the careful arrangement of organizing committee led by Dr. Myat Lwin, the launch event will not be so successful.”
A MOU signature ceremony was held on the launch event between MMU and MTCC-Asia. Both sides agreed a closer cooperation and a bigger role of MMU in the future.
After the launch event, Dr. Myat Lwin, Rector of Myanmar Maritime University and Mr. Ye Myint, Deputy Director General of Department of Maritime Administration (DMA) held a talk with MTCC-Asia on future cooperation such as recruitment of more Myanmar students for the postgraduate program, the support from the Department of Maritime Administration (DMA) in fulfilling the assigned tasks, the possibility of short term and long term programs and etc.
The establishment of global Maritime Technical Cooperation Center aims at extensive technical cooperation and exchange, the promotion of the uptake of the ship energy efficiency management and the GHG emission reductions from shipping sectors. SMU and other stakeholders went great lengths for the bidding issued by IMO in 15th April 2016 and eventually won the host institution for MTCC-Asia in December 2016. On May 15th 2017, the grand and magnificent launch event kicked off in the presence of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.