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To meet decarbonization goals, up to 800,000 seafarers will need more training

17.11.22

In order to achieve the decarbonization objectives of the shipping industry, a new action plan was
introduced at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt by organisations affiliated with the United
Nations, shipowners, and unions. This strategy establishes proposals to upskill seafarers. The
strategy is a reaction to the conclusions of the recent study, whose modelling warns that as many
as 800,000 marine workers may need extra training by the middle of the 2030s. Many mariners,
including those reading this article, are worried about the security of ammonia and other possible
future fuels; thus, this study arrives at a crucial moment.

The findings also suggested that a lack of knowledge about the many possibilities for alternative
fuels is having a knock-on impact on the training of sailors. The international marine sector is
working towards a more defined decarbonisation route in a post-fossil fuel age.
DNV carried out the investigation at the request of the Maritime Just Transition Task Force, an
organisation founded during COP26 in Glasgow the previous year.

Sanda Ojiambo, the Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations World Compact, said that the
implementation plan is an environmental first since it is the first time a corporate sector has
united in a tripartite framework consisting of shipowners and seafarers’ unions. UN organisations
to debate how to jointly achieve an equitable transition.
According to Guy Platten, the secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping, “there
is an essential must to construct the structure and education necessary to educate our seafaring
personnel, both in developed countries and developing countries, to assist us in reaching our
decarbonisation targets.” This has to be done immediately so ships, the community, the
environment, and seafarers can face the difficulties of adopting cleaner fuels and propulsion
technology so that any hazards to health and safety may be minimised. Everyone should take
advantage of this chance so that nobody gets left in the dust. The decarbonisation of shipping is
impossible without the shipping companies’ workforce participation. The 10-point action plan
established by the task force lays out a route for this as our sector continues to navigate towards a
more carbon-neutral future.