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IDB and Caribbean Shipping Association Accelerate Decarbonization of the Shipping Industry

The partnership reinforces the commitment to support the decarbonization of the maritime transport sector, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

PANAMA CITY – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) agreed to collaborate to help decarbonize the shipping industry. The memorandum of understanding was signed by IDB Vice President for Countries Richard Martínez, CSA President Lindsay Marc Sampson and CSA General Manager Milaika Capella Ras during the IDB and IDB Invest’s Annual Meeting.

The agreement aims to expedite the decarbonization of the shipping industry, while simultaneously enhancing the economic and social development of the region. Additionally, the framework strives to improve the efficiency and efficacy of maritime transport activities and services, as well as optimize the operations of seaports, harbors and their associated hinterland activities.

Over the course of this three-year arrangement, both institutions will collaborate on different activities, including studies focused on decarbonizing maritime transport and improving the operations of seaports and harbors in the Caribbean. They will also work on technical and operational matters related to reducing the use of fossil fuels in seaport activities, such as operation and maintenance.

Additionally, the partners will conduct joint capacity-building activities to advance shipping and trade policies and regulations on decarbonization, the circular economy, labor affairs, gender inclusion, SMEs, and institutional strengthening.

Moreover, the IDB is collaborating with the CSA to develop an analytical framework for the key building blocks necessary for decarbonizing shipping and port services. The partnership will also include the creation of new alliances and the analysis of existing policies and regulations to support the shift towards decarbonization of shipping and port services in an enabling environment.

“This partnership is an essential step in our mission to support the region's economic development. As we know, the Caribbean relies heavily on maritime transport for trade. This partnership will create opportunities to enhance trade, which is critical for economic growth,” said Vice President Richard Martínez during the meeting.

The President of the Caribbean Shipping Association, Lindsay Marc Sampson, said, “The enactment of our partnership today will help to bolster our efforts to protect the region’s environment and hasten our progress to adopting better technologies, procedures, and energy alternatives. This agreement is not only necessary for the environment but also for economic growth and international cooperation.”

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public- and private-sector clients throughout the region. Take our virtual tour.

About the CSA

The Caribbean Shipping Association was established in 1971, emerging from the necessity of a central voice for the region’s shipping industry. The CSA represents interests in the private and public sectors across the Caribbean and South, Central and North American ports, facilitating the development and exchange of ideas and practices integral to the growth of regional shipping. Learn more about the CSA


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