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Green Maritime Africa Coalition (GMAC): Advancing a Net Zero and Resilient Maritime Future for Africa

Africa stands at the forefront of global maritime transformation with its vast renewable energy resources. By harnessing these resources, the continent is poised to lead global transition to greener maritime practices, fostering economic growth hand in hand with environmental sustainability. This vision led to the launch of the Green Maritime Africa Coalition (GMAC) at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) on December 8, 2023.

GMAC is an initiative originated by the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Port State Control for West and Central African Region (Abuja MoU), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and the African Shipowners Association with the support of the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns. It serves as a catalyst for continent-wide collaboration, addressing pressing maritime challenges and the global climate crisis.

Why GMAC Matters:

Environmental Imperative

Maritime emissions significantly contribute to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, necessitating immediate action to combat climate change.

Global Commitments

International agreements, such as the Paris Agreement and IMO's revised 2023 GHG strategy, mandate unified and collaborative efforts to decarbonise the maritime sector.

Economic Driver

Integral to African economies, the maritime sector fuels trade, employment, and the distribution of essential goods. It is a major off taker of zero emission fuels. 

Collective Action

GMAC's inclusive platform fosters collaboration among governments, private sectors, civil society, and international organisations, facilitating collective change and harnessing opportunities for the benefit of African economies and its people.

GMAC aims to: 

  1. Develop a comprehensive net-zero emissions maritime roadmap for Africa, aligning with global targets.

  2. Enhance African maritime competitiveness through sustainable practices. 

  3. Upskill and train seafarers in zero-emission shipping, positioning Africa as a global maritime workforce hub.

  4. Accelerate zero-emission fuel adoption by international and domestic shipping to reduce maritime carbon footprint. 

  5. Promote just and equitable maritime energy transition. 

  6. Develop green ports and transit solutions.  

  7. Strengthen maritime capacity and technology transfer.

  8. Secure dedicated funding for energy transition initiatives. 

  9. Amplify Africa's maritime voice in global fora.

  10. Promote market-based measures to incentivise emissions reduction.

Join Us: GMAC invites governments, shipping companies, port operators, financial institutions, and stakeholders to collaborate. International organisations are encouraged to contribute their expertise and resources.


GMAC's launch at COP28 marks the commencement of an exciting voyage toward a cleaner and sustainable African maritime sector. Your participation is pivotal in driving this transformative change, securing a greener and more prosperous future for the continent. An African maritime summit in early 2024 will further define decarbonisation strategies and formally launch GMAC.

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Together, We Build a Greener and Resilient African Maritime Sector!

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