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The Global MTCC Network (GMN) initiative

Funded by the European Union and implemented by IMO, the GMN initiative unites technology centres – Maritime Technology Co-operation Centres (MTCCs) – in targeted regions into a global network. Together, they are promoting technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector and help navigate shipping into a low-carbon future.

Developing countries and, in particular, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDs), will be the main beneficiaries of this ambitious initiative.

Building capacity

Carefully selected to become centres of excellence for their regions, the MTCCs focus on technical co-operation, capacity building and technology transfer.

Supported by IMO and the European Union, the MTCCs act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities to:

  • improve compliance with existing and future international energy-efficiency regulations
  • help participating countries develop national energy-efficiency policies and measures for their maritime sectors
  • promote uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport
  • establish voluntary pilot data-collection and reporting systems to feed back into the global regulatory process.


The MTCCs are partnering with forward-thinking academic institutions, commercial and shipping companies, government departments and authorities as well as other UN bodies with a climate-change mandate to pursue these far-reaching objectives.

For more information please visit GMN.imo.org