Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Caribbean (MTCC Caribbean)
The Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) on behalf of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda represents the Eastern Caribbean region on the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Caribbean (MTCC Caribbean) and also provides a technical officer who is Antigua and Barbuda’s Energy Efficiency Focal Point to the MTCC.
The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Caribbean (MTCC Caribbean) is part of the Global MTCC Network (GMN). The specific objective of the GMN project is to establish and support 5 Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCC) in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. They continue to act as centres of excellence to promote the uptake of low carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport; and through them facilitate the implementation of such activities in their respective regions.
The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It is managed by the IMO through a dedicated Project Coordination Unit (PCU) established within the Implementation sub-Division of the Marine Environment Division of the IMO. The PCU works under the overall management supervision of the Head, ITCP Implementation and Major Projects within the Marine Environment Division of IMO.
The University of Trinidad and Tobago hosts MTCC Caribbean and is responsible for facilitating climate change mitigation in 16 Caribbean countries. MTCC Caribbean assists each of the countries identified, in its capacity building, data collection and monitoring of the implementation of MARPOL Annex VI. The Countries falling under the purview of MTCC Caribbean are as follows:
- Antigua and Barbuda • Grenada
- Bahamas • Guyana
- Barbados • Haiti
- Belize • St Kitts & Nevis
- Cuba • St Vincent & the Grenadines
- Dominica • Suriname
- Dominican Republic • Trinidad and Tobago
- St Lucia • Jamaica
A Regional Steering Committee (RSC) serves as voluntary facilitators and champions of the objectives of the MTCC Caribbean. The objectives of the MTCC Caribbean are to:
- Provide a platform for partnerships in enhancing energy efficient methods in the maritime domain at a global level and specifically in the Caribbean region
- Identify environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies available to the Caribbean region
- Enhance awareness and uptake of environmentally sound technologies and expertise within the Caribbean region
- Provide advisory and market development services for technology adopters and suppliers
- Monitor regional energy efficiency needs and align training programmes to meet these needs.