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Low Carbon Sea Transport

As of: January 2022

Shipping is the most important economic sector in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which is severely threatened by rising sea levels. The national shipping fleet depends on imported fuels and these are also a major source of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. The project supports the Marshall Islands in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transport costs in domestic maritime transport. To this end, low-emission drive technologies are first developed and evaluated technically and economically. This stage is followed by the practical testing of a new ship which will be built for the national fleet, using selected low-emission technologies. The ship’s crew will also receive the necessary training. The project intends to send out a strong regional and global signal for the decarbonisation of sea transport. The accompanying policy advice also supports the Government of the Marshall Islands and the Pacific States by helping them to represent their own interests and those of the region at the UN climate negotiations and within the International Maritime Organization.

State of implementation/results

  • In September 2021, a workshop was held on the topic of "Capacity development on the International Maritime Organization (IMO)" together with the the Government of the Marshall Islands, the Pacific Community (SPC) and Independent Diplomat (ID).
  • In August 2021, the foundation stone of the Maritime Training Center was laid.
  • In June 2021, catamarans developed by the project were successfully tested in the Majuro lagoon (…).
  • In March 2021, the project organised the world premiere of the movie "One Word" in Majuro. This documentary deals with the impact of climate change on the Marshall Islands and was presented to an extensive audience in Majuro.
  • The project supports the Marshallese government in actively participating in the international climate discourse despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In October 2019 the Government of the Marshall Islands decided to build a new emission-free vessel that will serve passenger and freight transport between the Islands' atolls. At the same time, it was decided to retrofit the existing fleet of the state-owned shipping company MISC to lower its emissions.
  • As part of a three-months training programme, three prototypes for small boats were built locally. These boats will be used for inside-atoll transport.
  • The project continues to advise the Government of the Marshall Islands on strengthening the High Ambition Coalition within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as well as the Shipping High Ambition Coalition within the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Project data

Marshall Islands

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications - Marshall Islands

Implementing partner(s):
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications - Marshall Islands

BMU grant:
13.033.000,00 €

06/2017  till  06/2023


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