Seafarers represent the best of shipping so enlisting their support and expertise and addressing their safety concerns makes a lot of sense for initiatives aimed at bettering our industry.
At COP27 in Egypt this week one such initiative, the Maritime Just Transition Task Force, put forward a 10-point action plan that does exactly that.
It sets forth stakeholder recommendations, which Synergy Group fully supports, designed to ensure that shipping’s response to the climate emergency fully consults the needs of seafarers and communities.
Launching the plan, International Labour Organization (ILO) director-general Gilbert F. Houngbo, said: ‘A just transition to addressing the climate crisis must be human-centred. Greening the economy in a way that is as fair and inclusive as possible to everyone concerned, creating decent work opportunities and leaving no one behind, is essential.”
Wise words indeed as our industry, led by ship managers, retrains seafarers to ensure the range of alternative fuels shipping will deploy on the path to decarbonisation are handled safely and according to the highest global standards.
The Maritime Just Transition Task Force was formed at COP26 in 2021 by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the United Nations Global Compact, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to ensure that shipping’s response to the climate emergency addresses the needs of seafarers and empowers them to be part of the solution.
Shipping is on the verge of an energy revolution, and we must ensure and optimise the opportunity for all in safe, high-quality and rewarding employment.
Synergy Marine Group fully supports the Maritime Just Transition Task Force and the United Nations Global Compact’s 10-Point Action Plan.
Read ‘Mapping a Maritime Just Transition for Seafarers’ here.