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The TEST Biofouling is a collaboration between the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The project also includes implementing partners in the regions of Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Pacific.


In the delivery of technology demonstration activities and capacity-building activities in relation to the implementation of the IMO Biofouling Guidelines, TEST Biofouling will be supported by the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) set up under the EU-funded Global MTCC Network Project (GMN). Priorities for regional technology pilots and cooperation will be coordinated and set in line with priorities expressed by LDCs and SIDS and as such supported by those MTCCs whose geographical scope includes most LDCs and SIDS, notably MTCC Africa, MTCC Caribbean and MTCC Pacific.



MTCC-Asia is hosted by Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) in China. SMU’s existing capacity, combined with the project’s support through the creation of MTCC-Asia, is used to assist developing countries in the region to enhance their capabilities to address GHG emissions from shipping.


The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Africa (MTCC Africa) – is a Centre of excellence with the responsibility of building capacity for climate change mitigation in the African maritime shipping industry. MTCC Africa is part of the Global MTCCs Network (GMN) Project which establishes and unites MTCCs from five regions into one global network.




MTCC-Caribbean is headquartered at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). UTT is a multi-campus facility that hosts specialized programmes dedicated to developmental disciplines including maritime capacity building, energy efficiency, environmental studies and marine research.


MTCC-Pacific is being implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as a consortium of institutions. Both SPC and SPREP have a track record of regional capacity-building activities related to maritime safety and security, trade facilitation and port efficiency as well as pollution prevention from ships


Lead Partnering Countries & Partnering Countries

Lead Partnering Countries

Twelve countries, representing a mix of developing nations and Small Island Developing States, will spearhead the work of the TEST Biofouling Project as Lead Partnering Countries (LPCs) also seen as Lead Demonstration Countries: Brazil, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tonga.

Partnering Countries

Fourteen Partnering Countries: Argentina, Chile, China, Comoros Djibouti, Iran, Jamaica, Malysia, Nigeria, Panama, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname and Tuvalu will benefit from capacity building, regional demonstration pilots, regional and global exchange of best practices and network creation.