Shipping Sails into the Spotlight at COP28

COP28 has only just gotten underway in Dubai, but shipping is already in the forefront of news.

We were very happy to see NAMEPA member MSC at the center of the major industry announcement calling for an end date to fossil fuel powered newbuilds. MSC Group CEO Soren Toft showed leadership, saying “the support of governments across the world will be an essential element to reach our common goal [of net zero by 2025] and among those efforts we want to see an end to delivery of ships that can only run on fossil fuels.” As Toft pointed out, “shipping is at the forefront of technological innovation when it comes to decarbonization.” This announcement by some of our industry’s major players shows how shipping can be a leader not only in the maritime industry, but for industry broadly.

Dubai isn’t the only place shipping is making news with climate action.

A recent report on Green Shipping Corridors in the Caribbean showed how our partners ABS, OAS-CIP, IADB and others are making waves. It was exciting to see the significant growth of Green Shipping Corridors globally, led by NAMEPA members including the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. This NAMEPA initiative is an important piece in our industry’s move towards #decarbonization, and we look forward to seeing  these initial efforts continuing to grow.

As COP28 proceeds, we’ll be hearing more about how shipping can contribute to reducing carbon emissions. Last week’s release of the Blue Sky Roadmap for Maritime Decarbonization in North America provides a useful framework. The Blue Sky team on the ground at COP28 is meeting with members and partners to further the implementation of these strategies to achieve shipping’s decarbonization goals. NAMEPA is a founding member of Blue Sky and we’re thrilled to see the work being done.

Here at NAMEPA we are keeping an eye on developments and looking for opportunities to further our work with both current and potential members. Want to know more about what we do? Please reach out to Carleen Lyden Walker at

Five the leading shipping industry CEO issued a joint statement on the path to decarbonization (CMA CGM)

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