Fossil fuel concerns

AN estimated 2131 vessels operate in Fiji waters every day and they use fossil fuels for their operations.

The figures include 1890 vessels of 15 metres and less and 241 vessels of more than 15 metres including 25 vessels of 50 metres and above.

The figures were provided at the First National Workshop on Energy Efficient Operations of Ships, which was held in Suva from October 24-27.

According to the director of Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division at the Pacific Community (SPC), Dr Andrew Jacobs, the maritime sector had a critical role to play in reducing fuel oil consumption.

“Reducing fuel oil consumption and adopting new maritime technologies will make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Fiji, and meeting its nationally determined contributions,” he said.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and ship operators had convened at the workshop to address issues affecting domestic shipping in Fiji, taking into consideration the need to contribute to national efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and with the view to operate ships more efficiently and implement energy efficient measures.

During his remarks, former Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport permanent secretary Paul Bayly said the ministry was “committed to raising awareness and build our capacity to implement energy efficient measures in the Fiji maritime industry”.

COP23 discussions in Bonn, Germany will focus heavily on reducing the use of fossil fuels.

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