Video: IMO Promotes Just-In-Time Operations

Published Oct 17, 2018 8:09 PM by The Maritime Executive

Reducing the amount of time ships spend waiting outside port and at anchor could significantly reduce ship emissions, according to studies carried out by members of the IMO GloMEEP Global Industry Alliance (GIA). A new GIA video explaining the Just-In-Time concept was shown at IMO Headquarters, during a presentation to delegates on the sidelines of the IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships this week.

Implementing “just-in-time” ship operations means ships receive information in advance so they can time their arrival at the berth. This can also allow ships to slow down, providing a reduction in the carbon footprint of shipping as well as saving fuel costs. Otherwise, ships can spend hours or days waiting at anchor outside ports.

The GIA is looking into the operational and contractual barriers to implementing just-in-time operations in order to identify measures that could be taken by ships, port authorities, terminal operators and others to make just-in-time ship operations a global reality.

The GIA is a public-private partnership initiative of the IMO under the framework of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloMEEP Project. Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, oil companies and ports have joined under the GIA to collectively identify and develop innovative solutions to address common barriers to the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency technologies and operational measures.