Briefing: 25 July 2017

Future-Ready Shipping Conference 2017

The Future-Ready Shipping Conference 2017 – the joint Singapore-IMO International Conference on Maritime Technology Transfer and Capacity-Building.

While great technological advances have been made towards achieving sustainable shipping, a gap remains between such advances and their widespread uptake. Technology-transfer and deployment need to be fast-tracked to support the effective implementation of requirements for ships’ energy efficiency under MARPOL Annex VI, and to further the progress already made by IMO in reducing harmful emissions from ships.

Now in its 2nd edition, the Future-Ready Shipping 2017 Conference – jointly organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – will again gather maritime leaders with a view to catalysing information exchange and fostering a culture of cross-boundary collaboration.

The Conference is structured into four main sessions. It will identify priority areas for international action on maritime technology cooperation and capacity building and encourage an exchange of best practices and ideas in technology transfer. It will showcase existing technology collaborations among various stakeholders and provide a platform for ship owners, port authorities and terminal operators to present and share their sustainability stories.



25-26 September 2017


Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel – Singapore



  • Latest trends in maritime and port energy efficient technologies, and R&D
  • Challenges – financing models, regulatory framework, and market access
  • Case studies of existing technology collaborations
  • Potential solutions to meeting countries’ needs in capacity-building and technology transfer
  • Future roles of governments, industry, maritime training institutions and multilateral networks for the increased take-up of maritime technologies for sustainable shipping

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Future-Ready Shipping 2015

The inaugural Future-Ready Shipping Conference was held in 2015.

The conference aimed to support the implementation of Regulation 23 of MARPOL Annex VI on the promotion of technical co-operation and transfer of technology relating to the improvement of energy efficiency of ships, which requires  Administrations that are Parties to MARPOL Annex VI to co-operate and collaborate actively with other Parties, subject to its national laws, regulations and policies, to promote the development and transfer of technology and exchange of information to States, which request technical assistance, particularly developing States.

Future-Ready Shipping 2015 included sessions covering promising energy-efficient ship technologies; international regulatory trends and the impact on shipping; promising energy-efficient ship technologies; multilateral networks and partnerships for successful technology solutions; and approaches to capacity-building and technology transfer.