Attaining Greener Shipping Is Possible With Public, Private Sector Collaboration.- Sambo

R-L: Honourable Minister of Transportation Engr Mu'azu Jaji Sambo, Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mrs. Ajani during the World Maritime Day celebrations on Thursday, September 29 2022, in Lagos
R-L: Honourable Minister of Transportation Engr Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mrs. Ajani during the World Maritime Day celebrations on Thursday, September 29 2022, in Lagos

The minister of Transportation, Engr. Mua’zu Jaji Sambo has averred that the quest for a Greener Shipping environment Hy Nigeria can best be attained through the collaboration of Public/Private Maritime Sector operators.

The minister made the declaration in his remark on the occasion of the celebration of the World Maritime Day in Lagos on yesterday.

According to him, ” to attain the Greener shipping we seek, it is imperative that new technologies must be embraced through aggressive technology transfer, research and development, innovation and partnership. It is my firm belief that if the stakeholders from both public and private sectors in this industry could work together, a greener shipping regime is attainable.”

Sambo while describing the theme of this year’s celebration , “New Technologies for Greener Shipping” insisted that it
” will provide opportunities to focus on specific areas related to promotion of inclusive innovation and uptake of new technologies to support the shift for a greener transition of the maritime sector as well às address specific aspects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly SDGs 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” adding that the need for collaboration ” becomes more significant, at a time the world is transiting to a cleaner energy era, with a focus to achieve zero carbon emission.
‘ ***Statistics’ he added “shows that at the moment, shipping industry consumes approximately 300 million tons of fuel oil every year, emitting about 3 percent of the world’s carbon-dioxide emissions into the atmosphere* .’**

Engr. Sambo who also applauded the innovative leadership of International Maritime Organisation, IMO disclosed that the shipping industry has started considering several solutions, including low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO), marine gas oil (MGO), liquid natural gas (LNG) and even burning the current fuel with scrubbers on the exhaust stacks to remove sulphur. Recognizing the potential of reducing green House Gas emission in the shipping industry and its impact on climate change, the sector plays a critical role in ensuring sustainability through the efforts of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).”

The minister said ” to achieve this innovative transition, partnerships with discerning parties on sharing and distributing information on best practices and to access resources and general know-how in support of the transition of the maritime sector into a greener and sustainable future has become more highly imperative now than ever.
The shipping industry is very dynamic. Therefore by “Green shipping” it refers to strategies to increase energy efficiency and decarbonize global shipping with the application of environmentally friendly trends and technologies with various innovative measures that could take over the shipping industry today, with the goal of working towards a cleaner, greener world as highlighted. Such as
Reduction of carbon emissions and other gases caused by the burning of fuels in environment.
Engr Sambo. further declared that, “A green ship would leave the least amount of carbon emissions. “Green ship” is a name given to any seagoing vessel that contributes towards improving the present environmental condition in some way. Green ship technology adopts procedures to decrease emissions, consume less energy, and be more efficient;
Cutting sulphur oxide emissions to improve air quality by reducing the sulphur content in ships’ fuel oil (0.5%) to that effect, the shipping industry has started considering several solutions, including low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO), marine gas oil (MGO), liquid natural gas (LNG) and even burning the current fuel with scrubbers on the exhaust stacks to remove sulphur; Slow Steaming which is the practice of simply running at a lower speed, which can significantly reduce fuel consumption on a voyage;
Designing of more efficient ship hulls: The shape of a ship’s hull directly impacts the performance and efficiency of the vessel, and an optimally designed hull can significantly increase speed and cut fuel costs;
More Efficient Port Management: By optimizing port management and refining operating procedures, shipping companies have progressively shortened the amount of time ships wait in the dock, and improved turnaround time. This reduces the time ships spend idling in harbors, belching out tons of carbon dioxide, and makes the whole process of shipping goods more efficient. The optimization of harbor operating procedures is a practice now adopted by almost all major shipping companies and is of great benefit when it comes to making the shipping industry greener; Incorporate a Ballast-Free System; and
Use of wind energy with the Sail and Kite Propulsion System amongst other innovative methods.