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Heavyweights form maritime decarbonisation hub in Greece

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The Lloyd’s Register (LR) and five Greek ship owning companies have banded together to launch a global nonprofit Maritime Emissions Reduction Center (M-ERC) in Athens to optimise the efficiency of the existing fleet.

The heads of Capital Group, Navios Maritime Partners, Neda Maritime Agency, Star Bulk and Thenamaris Ships Management have joined LR believing the M-ERC is a significant initiative, which underlines the importance of Athens as an international maritime centre.

In a statement the UK classification society said: “The M-ERC is being created with the goal of removing technical, investment and community barriers for the uptake of solutions to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the existing global fleet, offering a collaborative ‘safe space’ for the maritime value chain’s stakeholders, to safely navigate to net zero.”

LR said the center will play a role in ensuring today’s ships are suitable for the energy transition, and that the people of the industry have the necessary training and skills.

These goals will be achieved through research and collaboration with shipyards and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) alongside the M-ERC’s work across society, ports and seafarer organizations to ensure the upskilling and awareness amongst seafarers and shore-based staff, it explained.

“The center will aim to attract global and regional funding to fund activities, projects and initiatives to deliver on the desired outcomes of the M-ERC. It is anticipated more shipping stakeholders will join the initiative in the months to come,” the LR statement said.