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Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Latin America announced

The International Maritime University of Panama The International Maritime University of Panama

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced that International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) has been selected to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Latin America region, joining MTCCs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to work on projects aimed at mitigating the harmful effects of climate change.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Global MTTC Network (GMN) project is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by IMO. UMIP will host MTCC-Latin America having been selected following a competitive international tendering process.

In February, IMO announced that Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) would host MTCC-Africa, while Shanghai Maritime University in China and the University of Trinidad and Tobago were announced in December 2016 as the hosts of MTCC-Asia and MTCC-Caribbean respectively.

One further MTCC will be established in the Pacific in due course, to form a global network of five centres.

The regional MTCCs are tasked with delivering agreed project milestones over a three-year period, to make a significant contribution to IMO’s efforts to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of the global energy-efficiency regulations for international shipping.

The MTCCs will receive allocations from the €10 million European Union funding for the project. They will be established and resourced to become regional centres of excellence, providing leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations as well as the reduction of harmful emissions from ships.{/mprestriction}

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