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IMO calls for hosts for climate change hubs
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:52

The IMO has called for expressions of interest to host centres to promote cooperative effects to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

The joint IMO–European Union project will see five maritime technology cooperation centres (MTCCs) established, one in each of five target regions – Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific – to form a global network.

The MTCCs will receive allocations from the €10 million (US$11 million) European Union funding for the project.

They will be established and resourced to promote ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations, and the reduction of harmful emissions from ships.

The IMO has invited organisations located in the target regions with the capacity to set up MTCCs to submit an Expression of Interest to IMO by May 15, 2016.

The IMO has said it is looking for an existing organisation or a consortium of organisations with credibility in its region, considerable engagement with industry and government, a track record of regional outreach and the ability to provide an MTCC with in-kind hosting support such as office space, as well as related logistical support.

The five organisations whose bids are successful will go on to host MTCCs with initial funding support from the project. They will enter into a contract with IMO to deliver mutually agreed project milestones over a three-year period.

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