Ships in the Blair Waterway

As leaders meet this week at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) – 78th session, the Port of Tacoma and partners at the Northwest Seaport Alliance and Port of Seattle continue our advocacy for stronger international regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including:

  • Accelerating the IMO’s greenhouse reduction target from 50 percent to zero ship emissions by 2050, including interim targets to ensure emission reduction progress in 2030 and 2040.
  • Implementation of market-based mechanisms and other policies, like a clean fuel standard, to achieve mid- and long-term greenhouse gas reductions and incentivize the development and deployment of cleaner marine fuels.
  • Approving the MEPC work plan for review of the underwater noise guidelines.
  • Support approval of the MEPC circular regarding 2022 guidelines for risk and impact assessments for discharge of wash water from exhaust gas cleaning systems, and for jurisdictions to make decisions about whether to restrict discharge from their waters.

Read the Port of Tacoma, NWSA, Port of Seattle’s letter to the MEPC in support of greenhouse gas reductions.