RightShip, a leading ESG-focused digital maritime platform, has announced a collaboration with the Port of London Authority (PLA) to facilitate the Thames’s transformation to Net Zero.
The Port of London Authority will use RightShip’s Maritime Emissions Portal (MEP) as part of this collaboration, allowing for precise measurement, identification, and implementation of an efficient decarbonisation strategy.
The MEP, a first-of-its-kind sustainability data assessment tool, integrates AIS vessel movement data with RightShip vessel insight data to identify areas of concern and possibilities to decrease environmental impact.
Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive at the PLA, said: “As the largest port in the UK, covering 95 miles of the Thames and handling over 50 million tonnes of cargo annually, we have a responsibility to lead the way on the sustainability transition.
“This partnership will provide us with valuable data and insights to effectively measure emissions and develop targeted strategies to not only reduce the environmental impact on the river and estuary, but also improve the air quality and health of local communities.”
The MEP will use an energy-based modelling technique to compute emissions from vessels operating inside the port perimeter in accordance with UNEP and UNFCCC criteria.
It will monitor up to 16 distinct emissions versus the Port of London Authority’s objectives.
This cooperation will supply RightShip with real-time operational data from the port, allowing RightShip to continue developing and refining the MEP based on real-time insights into its operation.
Discussing the partnership, Andrew Roberts, Executive Director, EMEA at RightShip, stated: “The current moment is a critical one for maritime decarbonisation with indicative checkpoints being set by the IMO at MEPC 80 for a 20 per cent reduction in green-house gas emissions by 2030.
“This will require players across the maritime sector to take swift action on decarbonisation now and ports have a key role to play in this. Our Maritime Emissions Portal is a crucial tool for ports and terminals to measure and reduce their emissions while improving air quality in their ports for the benefit of local communities.
“The Port of London Authority is setting the standard in its ambitions to become a thriving net-zero beacon, and we’re committed to helping them get there.”