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Initiatives


The Global Maritime Forum serves as a broader platform for dialogue and collaboration to address global challenges that are particularly important to the maritime industry. This may include working groups and exploratory workshops to address specific industry-wide issues, recommendations for action and the like.

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Initiatives


The Global Maritime Forum serves as a broader platform for dialogue and collaboration to address global challenges that are particularly important to the maritime industry. This may include working groups and exploratory workshops to address specific industry-wide issues, recommendations for action and the like.

Initial initiatives

Based in particular on the deliberations at the Danish Maritime Forum in October 2016, the Global Maritime Forum is initially looking to explore the forces of disruption that stand to impact the global maritime industry in the medium to long term. They were succinctly captured by Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor of the FT and chair of the 2016 Forum as “the three D’s: the dirty diesel debate, digital disruption and the Donald”. All initiatives will be subject to further discussions in the Board of Directors.

Decarbonizing seaborne transportation

Given the growing demand to reduce the industry’s environmental impact, the Global Maritime Forum is using the global platform and convening power of the Forum to ratchet up the industry’s level of ambition and spur faster action towards ambitious, science-based emissions reduction targets.

The Forum is working together with Carbon War Room, University College London (UCL) and the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition to build a global coalition of private and public stakeholders around the pillars necessary to achieve successful decarbonization and to bring forward a plan to decarbonize seaborne transport that could be presented to the industry for adoption. A first workshop to set the agenda for this work in 2017-18 was held in London on 23 June 2017 (with the generous support from the European Climate Foundation). Topics to be covered include: industry leadership, technology, finance, carbon pricing and transparency.


Digital disruption

The aim of this initiative is to generate insights into how emerging digital technologies are transforming the global maritime industry as well as the impact of these disruptive forces on the global economy, the international trading system and on the wider society. The goal is to assist key stakeholders in the maritime industry in exploring possible responses and in uncovering opportunities for collaborative action to successfully transition to the digital economy.


The rise of protectionism

The Global Maritime Forum is planning a research project to look at changing seaborne trade flows against the backdrop of the threat of a retreat from globalization. The purpose is to understand how the maritime industry - either alone or in collaboration with other industries and stakeholders - could contribute to mitigating the downsides of globalization and to building support for global trade and broad-based, inclusive growth and progress.