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SMM »Not for

SMM »Not for technology’s sake alone« In an interview with HANSA, IMO’s Secretary General Kitack Lim talks about the balance of technological benefits and safety concerns, start-ups, efforts for decarbonisation and digitalisation, the need for cooperation, geopolitical issues and effects of the war in Ukraine SMM is opening its doors again. Do you have a specific message for the maritime industry on that occasion? Kitack Lim: Shipping is changing – and we have an opportunity to be a part of that change and to help steer the industry along the path of sustainability. Decarbonization, digitalization and automation must go hand-in-hand with a just and equitable transition, with a focus on the people involved – the maritime professionals, including seafarers so as to ensure the sustainability of the industry. Although this change brings challenges – it also brings opportunities. I am pleased to say that the industry itself is at the forefront of exploring and embracing these opportunities. We have to recognize that the decarbonization transition cuts across all aspects of shipping – from new vessel designs and the supply and use of fuels, to safety matters, port operations and training of seafarers. And we must ensure a just and equitable transition, recognizing the need for collaboration, cooperation within the industry and among countries as well as support for skills and technology development in developing countries. This is an issue for all in the sector. Sharing of experiences and the exploration of new technologies will be part and parcel of SMM. These dialogues need to continue beyond SMM in and across the maritime sector, as close collaboration is the most effective means by which to elicit change. How satisfied are you with the recent developments at IMO (and its committees) with regard to environmental regulation? With an eye on the COP26 climate conference, could there not have been »more« in terms of tighter environmental regulation? Lim: I appreciate the work of all Member States who have continued to progress many matters, even during the pandemic, through virtual meetings. The adoption of the short-term measure on carbon intensity in 2021 is a testament to the spirit of cooperation and collaboration among Member States, recognising the need to act. With the intervention of the shortterm measure shipping’s emissions are projected to peak in 2030 and decline. The commitment to further consider mid- and long-term measures through an agreed road map is important to highlight. With the work on alternative zero and low carbon fuels underway shipping is poised to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. It is important to bear in mind that IMO is a Member State organization with 175 Member States. Countries and regions have differing priorities and needs. We need to ensure everyone has an opportunity to be heard when we develop regulations. The impacts of proposed measures must be considered – alongside ensuring the relevant technical matters are discussed. We must leave no one behind. We need a global solution to a global challenge. Kitack Lim’s term as Secretary General of IMO ends in 2023 Do you think that will work out? Lim: I have every confidence Member States will continue to progress the work on GHG, leading to the adoption of the revised IMO GHG Strategy in mid-2023 and make further decisions over the coming decade to support energy efficiency in shipping and decarbonization. COP 27 will provide an opportunity to report on IMO’s work to date and to highlight our several global projects which support capacity-building and information sharing in maritime decarbonization. The conversations and dialogues at COP 27 and other multilateral fora will undoubtedly feed into the discussions – and decisions – at IMO as we move forward. What do you expect with an eye on maritime environmental regulation in the near and midterm future? Lim: We are in the midst of a transition © IMO 22 HANSA – International Maritime Journal 09 | 2022


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