The Suez Canal Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Bureau of Navigation, ABS, to provide a framework for cooperation in the areas of environmental sustainability and carbon removal as part of the authority’s efforts to transform the Suez Canal into a green canal within the 2030 strategy.
This comes as a result of the fruitful cooperation and discussions that brought together the Suez Canal Authority and the American Bureau of Navigation during the last period to benefit from the accumulated experience enjoyed by the office in the field of environmental sustainability.
For his part, Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, affirmed the authority’s keenness to enhance cooperation with all partners and organizations working in the field of maritime transport in areas related to environmental sustainability and carbon removal as part of the authority’s environment-friendly strategy and as a prelude to announcing the Suez Canal, the “Green Canal”.
towards the green transition
The head of the authority stated that the Suez Canal has begun its first actual steps towards green transformation by promoting the use of clean energy in operating the pilotage stations along the canal, and strengthening the capabilities of the authority’s fleet to combat the oil spill, in addition to the authority’s progress in the digital transformation file, and its endeavor to adopt initiatives. Promote environmentally friendly ships.
The head of the authority pointed out that projects to develop the canal’s navigational course are a major axis for achieving environmental sustainability by raising the canal’s efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, as the new Suez Canal project contributed to reducing carbon emissions by an average of 53 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, and work is also underway to complete Development through the ongoing Southern Sector Development Project.
The Suez Canal is a vital artery for world trade
For his part, Georgios Plefrakis, Vice President of the American Bureau of Navigation (ABS), confirmed that the Suez Canal is a vital artery for global trade, stressing that supporting the green transformation of the canal is reflected in the sustainability of global trade, expressing his pride in the cooperation of the American Bureau of Navigation as a maritime center with the Suez Canal to promote effective and sustainable trade. and address various environmental challenges related to it.
The memorandum of understanding was signed via video conferencing technology, representing the Suez Canal Authority, Aboul Fotouh, Director of the Planning and Research Department, while Mr. Christopher Greenwood, Director of Business Development at the American Office of Navigation (ABS), signed it as a representative of the American Office of Navigation.
It is worth noting that the American Bureau of Navigation (ABS) is one of the oldest international marine classification bodies, as it was established in 1862 and is responsible for granting certificates of seaworthiness to ships and various marine units, in addition to providing consultations in the fields related to maritime transport.