Policy Support

Moreover HHX.blue supports all policy-related efforts of the consortium and especially in promoting wind-assisted technologies in the IMO. In continuous cooperation with IWSA, Prof. Schinas of HHX.blue contributed and finally submitted document MEPC75/INF26, under his capacity as Permanent Representative of the Union of Comoros to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The document was well received and Schinas stressed also the issue of wind-assisted technologies, when the issue of the 4th GHG Study was discussed and of the revision of the IMO strategy on GHG was discussed:

“We would like to thank the Secretariat and the consortium for the delivered work that contributes further to the effort towards decarbonization.

In our view, wind-assisted propulsion has received only marginal attention in submissions of Member States and Observing Organizations to date, while its substantial decarbonization potential has not been adequately highlighted in the 4th GHG Study. Nevertheless, many ships are currently equipped with such technology and the decarbonization impact is deemed significant. The importance of developing further wind-assisted technologies is critical for the entire fleet, but in particular for LDC and SIDS, as these technologies do not only contribute in decarbonizing and decoupling maritime transport from various dependencies, but they might also reduce inherent imbalances of trade especially when the cost of carbon is considered. In this regard, Member States are invited to note the information provided in the document submitted by Comoros, MEPC75/INF26, as well as in relevant technical documents submitted by other delegations and consider possible ways of integrating wind-assisting technologies in the revised GHG strategy of the IMO and relevant instruments. We feel that all propulsion options must be considered so we can deliver decarbonization with the high ambition that many delegates have spoken so eloquently to.”

This is the first time in IMO Sessions, where a Member State urged the international community to consider wind-assisted technologies in policies and instruments. HHX in close cooperation with the IWSA and within the framework of the WASP project will support all necessary follow-up actions in future sessions of the IMO.