When arriving at a destination port, ships can remain anchored for many hours or days until getting a berth. During this time, fuel is still being used—which can have a significant impact on port air quality. Could Just-In-Time (JIT) ship operation be part of the solution to reducing ship emissions?
This was the question discussed at an IMO-led roundtable meeting of the Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) and relevant industry stakeholders, at IMO Headquarters, London on June 29. Participants considered JIT operation, which is not currently a common industry practice, and how it could be applied within various segments of the shipping industry, with a view to identifying potential solutions/activities that could support further uptake of the practice.
The GIA is a public-private partnership initiative of the IMO, under the framework of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloMEEP Project that aims to bring together maritime industry leaders to support an energy-efficient and low-carbon maritime transport system. Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, oil companies and ports have come together under the GIA to collectively identify and develop innovative solutions to address common barriers to the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency technologies and operational measures, said a release.