Low Carbon Sea Transport

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.

Project data

Marshall Islands
IKI funding
13,033,000.00 €
06/2017 till 12/2023
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications - Marshall Islands
Implementing Partner
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications - Marshall Islands

State of implementation/results

  • In April 2022, the project team visited Likiep Atoll and was able to successfully test drive the catamaran of the project partner Waan Aelõñ in Majel (WAM).
  • At the Executive Leadership Conference on April 27, 2022, the LCST project presented project results to date to mayors, citizens and the Marshall Islands government.
  • In April 2022, the project participated in RMI Climate Change Week, organizing an exchange for young adults to educate about climate change.
  • For International Women's Day, the project took the opportunity to introduce Marshallese women in the
  • maritime sector in the RMI on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/…).
  • Between November 2021 and March 2022, the tender for the new shipbuilding took place, to which six companies submitted their bids.
  • From October to December 2021, 4 master boatbuilders were trained as part of what was already the third boatbuilding workshop.-- Between August and December 2021, the project supported the Republic of Marsall Islands at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Intersessional Working Group Meetings on Greenhouse Gas Emission.
  • In November 2021, a film about the project successes and the SV Kwai was published on the GIZ Pacific YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/…).
  • 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 (www.rnz.co.nz/…).
  • 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).

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