Welcome to the second letter from the co-chairs of the Technical Leadership Board (TLB), where we would like to celebrate the successes and tell you what our priorities are for the next year.
It’s been a busy period – here are some of the recent highlights from the SIGs:
- The 3rd ANZPAC symposium on Biofouling Management was held in Melbourne, led by John Lewis, Chair of the Biofouling Management SIG and supported by other members of the group. Additionally, the group worked with the International Paint and Printing Council to publish a template for a Biofouling Management Plan.
- The Ballast Water Management SIG issued a statement on the compromise agreement made at the 71st session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71). It also delivered a presentation on ballast water sampling and analysis during MEPC 71.
- The Emissions from Shipping SIG recruited an intern to deliver a literature review on black carbon measurement techniques. The findings of the work will be submitted to the 5th session of the IMO Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 5) subcommittee in February 2018
- The Small Ships SIG held its annual meeting at Seawork Exhibition 2017. Part of the SIG’s work was to finalise the updated handbook of ‘New Standards of Marine Diesel Fuel’ which will be released soon.
There are many more highlights to celebrate but just not enough room to communicate them all here. We’d like to express our thanks to all SIG members who make this achievable.
We continue to build our relationships with intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and have approved the IMarEST voluntary commitment geared at driving implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 and its associated targets related to invasive species transfer via shipping. The commitment focuses on the mitigation of impacts from harmful aquatic invasive species and pathogens that might be introduced via ships’ ballast water or on ships’ hulls by supporting the successful implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) and uptake of the IMO Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling. If you wish to get involved, please email .
We have also submitted four papers to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 96) and Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) which demonstrates our leading technical expertise to the policy debates.
As we move into the last quarter, our focus is on delivering our call to action campaigns, starting with raising seafarers’ awareness about how to reduce microplastic pollution – in particular relating to accidental loss of resin pellets at sea. If this is something you would like to get involved with please do contact
We are also updating the Institute’s high-level technical positions. The IMarEST’s current position on climate change is that ‘climate change is the most important issue facing humanity and while climate change is a natural process, it is now being exacerbated by human activities, especially through emissions of greenhouse gases, which have added significantly to the natural factors forcing climate change’.
We now plan to review and update our position on climate change with respect to impact, mitigation or adaptation. To do this, we are seeking greater participation from our SIGs and wider membership. As this crosses many areas of expertise, your involvement and contribution will be invaluable.
We would like to thank all members for the efforts made to support our technical initiatives and embracing this way of working to ensure we are more agile to adapt and communicate frequently. We look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve your goals and ensure recognition for what our members do.
We welcome your feedback and valuable contribution.
Katharine Palmer and Jon Holloway