Shipping is forecast to see a shift toward greater use of non-fossil fuel energy for propulsion by 2050 under influence from environmental concerns and the reality of climate change.

Doing their part to reduce global warming, a number of ports including the Port of Antwerp are participating in the World Ports Climate Action Programme.

Greek owners may have the world’s largest shipping fleet but they have rather less to be proud of on the environmental front based on a survey by Transport & Environment (T&E), which has branded the attitude of Europe's leading shipping nations towards fighting climate change as negative.

The regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Latin America region, MTCC-Latin America has been inaugurated in Panama by Panama’s Minister of Maritime Affairs Jorge Barakat and the IMO deputy director of Environment Dr Jose Matheickhal.