Overcoming the challenges to maritime energy efficiciency in the Caribbean Region

01/25/2017 - 15:00-01/25/2017 - 16:30


Vivian Rambarath-Parasram
(Assistant Professor, The University of Trinidad and Tobago; National alternate representative for the Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean (WiMAC) Trinidad and Tobago Chapter)
Sukhjit Singh
(The University of Trinidad and Tobago)
Deniece Aiken
(Caribbean Maritime Institute; WMU Women's Association)


Regulatory Framework (Part C)

Patrick Donner
Deniece Aiken

Maritime energy efficiency in the Caribbean appears to be predicated on two key requirements; regulatory controls over the vessels  operating in the region and the availability and use of efficient technology. While many Caribbean territories have ratified MARPOL AnnexVI, implementation of the standards therein, presents  challenges that are familiar to maritime administrators of the region. These challenges include insufficient resources and inadequate implementation of relevant standards. These issues have traditionally plagued the region. The paucity of data and monitoring in this part of the world also  contributes to ineffective policy interventions. There is also a need to identify the gap between existing and available technology in the Caribbean. The myriad of state agencies and private sector actors involved in facilitating maritime operations represent an untapped resource. More effective use of flag, port and coastal State control measures, alongside incentives for compliance and technology transfer may hold the key for success. This paper will explore avenues to rationalize existing resources and provide an approach that is sui generis  to the region. Guided by MARPOL Annex VI requirements, a unique approach, when suitably designed and implemented will provide incentives towards energy efficient maritime operations.