Staff Reporter

‘Use of LNG as fuel alone can reduce emission by ships

of nitrous oxide by 90 per cent’.

KOCHI: World Maritime Day celebrations were organised here on Tuesday with the judge of the Kerala High Court Thottathil Radhakrishnan as the chief guest at the function.

Organised by the National Maritime Day Celebrations Committee, the celebrations had for its theme ‘climate change, a challenge to IMO (International Maritime Organisation) too.’ Principal Officer and Joint Director-General of Shipping, Mercantile Marine Department, M. P. John, delivered the presidential address during the celebrations, organised at the Merchant Navy Club auditorium on Willingdon Island.

He raised the question what the shipping industry could do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as about 3.3 per cent of the global emission in 2007 was accounted for by the shipping industry. Through technical and operational measures emission from ships can be reduced 75 per cent, he said. And, “use of LNG as fuel can alone reduce emission of CO2 by 25 per cent and nitrous oxide by 90 per cent,” he said.

Prof. K. A. Simon, director, KM School of Marine Engineering, CUSAT; C. J. Mathew, Development Commissioner, Cochin Special Economic Zone; P. V. Joseph, Professor Emeritus, CUSAT and Paul N. Joseph, Deputy Conservator, Cochin Port Trust, were among those who spoke at the function.