Barcelona Container Port Photo: Davies / CC-BY-SA

The Port of Barcelona is a participating incentive provider in the World Ports Climate Initiative's Environmental Ship Index.

Mitigation and moving towards low carbon waterborne transport infrastructure

All sectors must play their part in climate change mitigation. The waterborne transport infrastructure sector is no exception.

Port and waterway infrastructure and operations typically account for only a very small proportion of the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with the shipment of a particular consignment. The most significant proportion by far is associated with the sea voyage, and a varying amount with connecting transport.

It is nonetheless important that the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure take steps to minimise the emissions associated with their activities if they are to contribute to the ‘less-than-2-degrees’ pathway.

The associations represented on the the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership recognise the importance – and the urgency – of implementing effective mitigation measures and of moving towards low carbon infrastructure.

Coalition members further acknowledge the need for innovation alongside conventional emissions-reduction measures: for example initiatives aimed at improving integration to increase energy efficiency or at creating carbon sinks in coastal areas by Working with Nature.

As with other sectors, such innovation has the potential to bring associated social, employment and economic opportunities.

Monday, 30 November 2020 11:09

E-learning materials to support professional development

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The IMarEST offers free e-learning materials to provide an introduction to professional development and aims to help build capacity and develop the knowledge and skills of marine professionals. In particular, introductory materials are available for the role of Professional Development, and Hydrography. Further courses are offered by the MLA College in a variety of topics and levels. 

  • Introduction to Professional Development. This e-learning bundle has been produced by the IMarEST to provide you with an introduction to professional development, and how it helps marine professionals progress their careers. The materials cover; Recognition for marine professionals; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for marine professionals; and Gaining Chartered Status with the IMarEST. 
  • Introduction to Hydrography. This e-learning bundle has been produced for you by the IMarEST and MLA College, and is offered for free to help build capacity and develop the knowledge and skills of marine professionals. The materials cover; Coastal and Marine Activities; Maritime Zones and the Law of the Sea (including base lines, boundaries, and disputes); Improvements in Navigation; Safety of Life at Sea and International Safety Management; and An introduction to data management.