Nigeria Targets zero -carbon shipping by 2050, MO Promises To Support Member States Decarbonization Effort

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By Stephen Ubanna

 Going by the Them

e of the 2022, World Maritime Day Celebration as announced by Kitack Lim, Secretary General, International Maritime Organization, IMO, a United Nations’ specialized Maritime agency, Muazu Jaji Sambo, minister of Transportation appears to have cued into it as he had said that Nigeria targets to achieve zero carbon shipping by 2050. 

The minister made the bold policy Statement on Thursday, September 29, 2022, being the second day of this year’s IMO, World Maritime Day celebration in Lagos, the nation’s commercial nerve center to the admiration of industry stakeholders. The event had kicked off on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

 He may have gladdened the heart of Barshir Jamoh, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and his Management Team, when he said that the country is duty bound to contribute to the global efforts to ensure a safer maritime environment.

The Kaduna state born technocratt, before being appointed minster of Transportation, by President Muhammadu Buhai last June had said that ‘’there is need  for the global maritime Community  to prioritise  the imperative  of sustainable policies and projects , which would ensure  the protection  of the immediate marine environment  and survival of mankind.

He had stressed the need for adoption of the New Technology as the theme of this’ World Maritime Day connotes to be able to drive the nation’s maritime sector which has become imperative, insisting that ‘’all hands must be on deck to support a green transition   of the nation’s maritime industry to sustainable future as espoused by the IMO’’.

 A Green shipping, he had said ‘’implies the commitment by the private sector to invest in more modern platform and assets which is expected to meet the emission levels of the future’’.  It was not surprising why he has stated his commitment to the actualization of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund, CVFF, objective, stressing that ‘’it will offer a veritable platform for the acquisition of newer vessels by the indigenous shipping companies’’.

The minister may have taken advantage of the  Theme of the 2022, World Maritime Day celebration to restate that ‘’a greener and sustainable  maritime industry  could only be achieved if  industry stakeholders work together  in partnerships in the formulation  and implementation  of the road map   for the maritime sector  in Nigeria and globally’’.

Ademola Adegoroye, minister of state, Transportation , noted that for the country to attain greener shipping, ‘’it is imperative ‘’to embrace the new technologies through aggressive technology transfer, research and development, innovations and partnership’’.

 Adegoroye had canvassed the need for stakeholders from both the public and private sectors in the nation’s maritime sector to work together for ‘’a greener shipping regime, stating that this will be attained in the country in or before 2050’’. He had said that the Theme for this year’s World Maritime Day Celebration, New technologies, is relevant in addressing specific aspects of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG.He had cited   SDG 9,13, 14 and 17 ,on industry, innovation and infrastructure, climate action, sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources and the importance  of partnership and implementation  to achieve the goals’’.

 Magadalene  Ajani, Permanent Secretary , Federal ministry of Transportation, in her remarks said ‘’the theme for this year’s world maritime Day celebration reflected  the need  to support  a green transition  of the nation’s maritime sector into a sustainable future’’. She averred that the transition to sustainable future would be achieved through ‘’promotion of inclusive innovation and uptake of emerging technology, particular, in the context of developing countries   and the small inland developing states, SIDS and the least developed countries’’.

The Federal ministry of Transportation top official is optimistic that this year’s them  ‘’will address  the challenges  and explore  the opportunities for New Technologies  to accelerate the transition  of the nation’s maritime sector towards  a greener zero/low emission  future’’.


 Jamoh, NIMASA, Director General, had said that  the bold initiative to achieve zero-carbon shipping require a global team effort , stressing that the agency message  to its partners  in government and the nation’s maritime sector ‘’is  let’s work together and proactively support  the transition  to a greener and more sustainable  maritime sector for Nigeria, Africa and the world in general’’.

He stated that  the maritime regulatory  agency’s strategy  for net  zero  carbon emission  shipping  is centered on  adoption of  a national action plan , provision of incentives and financial mechanisms , regional and global cooperation.

 Mohammed Bello-Koko, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA,  ‘’noted that  ‘’bringing  environmental  efficiency   and digitization  to the nation’s maritime sector  is a duty for  everyone  owed the habitat’’.Hear him: Eco-friendly port  is very much  in tandem with the Authority’s  resolve  to identify  with the rest of humanity  in the contribution  to the share of  the shipping industry  in reducing hazardous  emissions within the marine environment’’.

 Realising that automation is the pillar of port efficiency, may have informed why the Authority is working assiduously under the technical guidance and consultancy IMO officials to deploy the Port Community System,PCS to its operations.

  Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group, in his remarks had pointed out that in addressing the impact of fossil fuel, be it in ships or power stations, it must be addressed at global level’’. Afolabi, who was said to have been represented at the event  by Ibrahim Olugbade, a  Merchant ship Captain and Executive Director  at the SIFFAX Group,, haad said that ‘’environmental  damage  was not discriminatory , as it affected   the rich and not so rich, old and young and those who could  not afford basic healthcare’’.

The SIFFAX Executive Director  expects the Federal ministry of Transportation  and its agencies, NIMASA, NPA, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, and Nigerian Inlands Water Ways Authority, NIMWA,  to take the lead while industry stakeholders collaborate with them to find solutions for the future of the nation’s maritime sector’’.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports  that  Captain Olugbade, the SIFFAX Executive Director,  who had represented the SIFAX Group  Chairman was said to have  further stated in his remarks that  ‘’finding solutions  for renewable  fuel production  for the nation’s shipping industry for a greener shipping  requires ‘’more equitable and more sustainable maritime future’’.

This year’s World Maritime Day Celebration may have ended on Thursday, September 29, 2022, with ‘’the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU,  between IMO and the Commonwealth Secretariat,  with respect ‘’to Cooperation  in the maritime sector in Commonwealth countries’’ .

Lim: IMO, Secretary General, Established DPP, A Gateway For Developing Partnership Opportunities With A Wide Range Of External Partners

 Given an insider information of the agreement,  Lim, the IMO, Secretary General, disclosed  that ‘’the MOU,  will utilize  its’  experience  as the UN, specialized agency responsible  for setting global standards for the safety, security  and facilitation of international shipping  and the prevention of  pollution by ships’’.

He had said that ‘’these would be achieved  with the collaboration  with the Commonwealth  Secretariat’s  guidance on policy  making, technical assistance and advisory services to support Commonwealth countries to achieve sustainable , inclusive  and equitable development’’, including ‘’the Commonwealth  Blue Charter, that was said to have been adopted by  the Commonwealth Heads of Government  in London, United Kingdom, UK, in 2018.

He confirmed that  most Commonwealth  countries are member States  of the IMO, stressing that  IMO, under his leadership is committed  ‘’to supporting member States through targeted projects, technical  cooperation and partnership building, in the implementation  of international  maritime  conventions  and instruments’’.

Lim, the IMO, Secretary General, was said to have reminded member States that with ‘’a vision  towards ‘’a voyage  together  that was  adopted in March 2020,  he has established the Department  of partnerships and projects, DPP, which ‘’serves  as a gateway  ‘’for developing  partnership opportunities  with a wide  range of external partners, including  IMO member States,  UN agencies,  financial institutions, Non- Governmental Organizations, NGOs and the private sector’’.

The IMO boss, averred that ‘’the knowledge  of partnership brings  together  IMO’S maritime expertise, knowledge and global network, and its  partners’ experience, investment and technical expertise, in kind support and other sources  to support  member States’’.

An elated Lim had said that given the fact that the maritime sector binds member States together, the MoU, that had been signed with the Commonwealth Secretariat , ‘’will help member States target  countries with  additional support  to ensure  that ‘’shipping, which  is an indispensable  to global trade and sustainable development’’ become greener and more  resilient  in supporting  employment  generations and  driving forward  the Blue economy across the nations’’.

There are indications that prior to the Signing of the MoU, with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the UN, specialized agency had organized the IMO- UN, Environment Programme, UNEP- Norway Forum on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Lim had revealed that two thousand people had connected all over the world, to attend the event, stressing that’’ it was organized with the support of government of Norway’’.

An appreciative Lim, had said that ‘’the Collaboration between IMO  and UNEP,  showcases  the UN family as  acting together  ‘’to further  tackle  climate change  and the progress  in the decarbonization of industries and further cooperation  and exchange in these areas’’.

 He disclosed that ‘’the innovation Forum is linked to the IMO World Maritime Day theme 2022’’New Technologies for Greener Shipping’’. According to him, the theme reflects the need to support a green transition of the global maritime sector into a sustainable future while leaving no one behind.

 He was emphatic that ‘’the IMO-UNEP-Norway  innovation  forum  was aimed at  supporting   the UN specialized maritime agency efforts  to bring together  international policy makers , maritime,  climate change and  environmental administrators , technology developers  , maritime industry , ports  and finance experts  to catalyze the  collaboration  and innovation  for climate action  in the global maritime sector’’.

‘’We must continue this voyage together towards the preservation of the environment by accelerating decarboniZation of the global maritime sector’’, he had said.

He opined ‘’that innovation is fundamental to a successful energy transition of the global maritime industry that new technologies, renewable alternative fuels and infrastructure that would support low- and zero-carbon shipping including new financial solutions to support all these.

Lim had said that the initiatives as the innovative systems, created through research and development partnerships, particular, involving the private sector is for all hands to be on deck.’’We  will succeed  by journeying together, developing industries, particular, least  developed countries, LDCs,  and Small Island Developing States, SIDS, must be on board  the energy transition  as the UN, maritime agency, would continue  ‘’to  address the problems of capacity building, technology and infrastructure needs of member States’’.

This may have informed why the IMO helmsman had told member States that the agency stands ready ‘’to further support their decarbonization journey and to promote inclusive innovation and leaving no one behind’’.

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