Welcome to the third letter from the IMarEST Technical Leadership Board (TLB) to provide you with an update of achievements this year and celebrate the successes.
It’s been a busy period for everyone involved in the IMarEST technical activities, whether that be as a member, part of a Special Interest Group (SIG) or in the day to day activities of the Executive.
The role of the TLB is to ensure the Institute has clear technical views, technical credibility, provides insight and is effective in its engagements aligned with the charitable objectives. Our priority has so far been to set the technical strategy for the Institute and establish the SIGs to ensure we stay output-focused in order to add value to the Institute and feedback on this has been positive.
Here are some of the highlights from our SIGs throughout 2017:
- The 3rd ANZPAC Workshop on Biofouling Management for Sustainable Shipping was held in Melbourne supported by the IMarEST
- Biofouling Management Plan template has been issued and is in the process of being recommended as good practice by New Zealand, the State of California and the State of Hawaii
- The IMarEST issued a position statement on the compromise agreement made at MEPC 71
- Presentation on Ballast Water Sampling and Analysis – practical experiences, challenges and suggestions at MEPC 71
- The 8th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM) took place on April 2017 and was organised in partnership with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
Emissions from Shipping
- Black Carbon measurement techniques internship project concluded and a paper is being drafted for submission to the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response 5
- New Standards for Marine Diesel Fuel, 2017 has been finalized and is available to download here.
- Small Ships Group annual meeting held at Seawork Conference and Exhibition in Southampton
One significant focus in 2017 has been maintaining the relationship with intergovernmental organizations and the IMarEST submitted a voluntary commitment under United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainability use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
The IMarEST commitment is towards protecting the environment from harmful aquatic invasive species and pathogens introduced via ships ballast water or on ships hulls. The introduction of aquatic invasive species to new marine and freshwater environments through ships ballast water and sediments and through hull fouling is considered to be one of the greatest threats to the worlds freshwater, coastal and marine environments and to marine biodiversity. The IMarEST, working through its member-led expert groups in Ballast Water and Biofouling Management and through its consultative status at the International Maritime Organization, aims to ensure shipping and other maritime industries can continue to underpin trade, safety and security, and economic development with minimal environmental impact.
We continue to demonstrate our technical and scientific expertise at the International Maritime Organization and submit a number of papers to Committees, Sub-committees and working groups throughout the year. The IMarEST members can view the submissions here and delegate reports from the meetings can be found here.
2017 has also seen the development and increasing activity of three new SIGs; Maritime Cyber Risk Management, Ocean Governance and Unmanned Surface Vehicles. Each of these has applied the lite-touch TLB process to ensure they are focused and aligned with the objectives and goals of the Institute, and we look forward to seeing them deliver further successes.
Moving forward into 2018 we have a prioritised list of position papers which will engage the SIGs to develop and enable to IMarEST leadership to use externally. Our first priority is to deliver the IMarEST position paper on Climate Change which will require input from a number of SIGs where activities of those SIGs and expertise within cover aspects related to science and prediction, mitigation, impact and adaptation. For example, Operational Oceanography, Biofouling and Ballast Water Management, Emissions from Shipping, Alternative Fuels for Shipping, and Offshore Renewables etc.
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. Without your inputs and engagement we would not be in the enviable position we are now, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve your goals and ensure recognition for what our members do and welcome your feedback.
In closing, we take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Katharine Palmer and Jon Holloway