Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has won an international competitive bid to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Africa region.
The feat announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will see the University lead an ambitious global project funded by the European Union through the IMO to mitigate harmful effects of climate change.
According to the briefing by the IMO, JKUAT will host the will host MTCC-Africa in collaboration with Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Maritime Authority. Similar programmes are being mounted in Asia through China’s Shanghai Maritime University; and in Caribbean through the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
IMO further announced that two other centers to serve the Latin America and the Pacific are in the pipeline.
The centers which will constitute the Global MTTC Network (GMN) are primed to further IMO’s efforts towards effective implementation and enforcement of the global energy-efficiency regulations related to international shipping.
“The MTCCs will receive allocations from the €10 million European Union funding for the project. They will be established and resourced to become regional centres of excellence, providing leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations, and the reduction of harmful emissions from ships,” read part of the IMO briefing.
The centres will serve as focal points and champion regional capabilities; promote uptake of low-carbon technologies; raise awareness on harmful emissions; collect date relevant to the shipping industry and develop sustainability strategies beyond the projects lifespan of three years.
The statement by the IMO said JKUAT emerged tops due to its strong track record in training and research as well as regional capacity building in areas related to maritime shipping.
The hosting of the IMO centre by JKUAT adds to the University’s resolve to be a global centre of excellence in training, research and innovation. JKUAT is also hosting the African Union fronted Pan African University – Institute for Basic Sciences, technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) and the Sino-African Joint Research Center (SAJOREC), the biggest research agency to have been funded by the government of the People’s Republic of China outside China.