SECA 2030 Deep Sea Shipping
The Mediterranean Sea covers about 2.6 million km2 and is surrounded by 22 countries from Europe, Africa and the Middle East with around 480 million residents and a coastline of approximately 46 000 km. The Mediterranean is linked to the Atlantic Ocean through the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, to the Red Sea by the Suez Canal and to the Black Sea via the Bosporus Strait. For maritime transport, it is one of the world’s busiest ocean with about one third of the world’s total merchant shipping (above 100 gt) operating in the Mediterranean within major ‘maritime transit routes’, ‘continental links’ between Europe, Asia and Africa and as a ‘intra-continental landlocked area’. Regarding the modal split in regional trade, around 75% is transported by sea, while 20% are hauled by pipelines and merely 5% by land and air transport. A split by vessel types shows that approximately 12% of global container vessel traffic, 12% of liquid bulker, 12% of dry bulker, 20% of roro traffic and 30% of global passenger vessel traffic are calling Mediterranean ports on an annual basis. From a container port perspective, Mediterranean ports handle about 10% of global containerised cargo.
From an environmental side, overall shipping traffic in the Mediterranean accounts for approximately 7% of global shipping’s energy use and emissions. In terms of vessels operating in the area, AIS data shows that roughly 30.000 vessels are operating annually in the Mediterranean and CO2 emissions from shipping cause here for about 10% of the Mediterranean coastal states CO2 inventories. The creation of ECAs will have a positive environmental and socio-economic impact in the area while triggering its Green Transition through the desired Restoration of the Mediterranean, protecting its resources and biodiversity, as well as facilitating the achievement of EU strategic objectives and its Missions.
With regard to the introduction of SECA – and with regard to an eventually forward-looking introduction of NECA – in the Mediterranean, changes for shipping in fuel demand and fuel costs are to be expected. Taking into account that fuel costs in general represent 30% to 60% of operational costs – clearly depending on speed – any changes in fuel costs are considered as a sensible issue – as also diverted effects could arise.
The SECA deep sea shipping presentation covers the world container fleet in the Mediterranean
by ship details and environmental characteristics with regard to the deployment of container vessels in a SECA Med. In addition, the forwad-looking NECA deep sea presentation provides TIER-related information by TEU size-classes, by Year of built, by type of technic and by operator.
The SECA-presentation comprises the container fleet by the following characteristics:

• Number of vessels
• reefer plugs
• MW-main engine power (voyage)
• AMP/OPS (hotel mode-auxilliaries
• scrubbers (SOx, PM)
• SCR (NOx)
• main operators
• average time in Mediterranean

The structure of the NECA-presentation shows the following sections:

• TIER 0; I – III by TEU Size-Classes
• TIER 0; I – III by Year of built
• TIER III; by type of technic
• TIER III; by Operator

Online available

Online Presentation
Pitch presentations

Overview of the World Container fleet in the Mediterranean by ship details and environmental characteristics with regard to the introduction of SECA

Overview of Container ships with TIER III with regard to the planned introduction of NECA

Prioritizing emission reduction is not just a regulatory requirement; it’s a moral obligation to protect our planet’s health and future.

• Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) / IMO
• International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
• European Commission