The IMarEST BWEG met on 21st April 2016. This article provides a summary of the major topics of discussion to inform stakeholders of the work programme of the group. Comments from all stakeholders are always welcomed.
Future BW events will take the form of workshops with more engagement and looking at more specific topics- for example a “charge questions” event. Topics such as transparency in testing could be consideed with information papers would be submitted in advance by a number of different stakeholders with different perspectives. These papers would then presented and be discussed in an open format in a neutral environmental. An alternative topic would be sampling- where on one side scientific papers could be provided and on the other side ship owners perspectives. The expectation of this type of event would be to facilitate discussions between scientists, regulators, equipment providers and ship owners and aim to present solutions which may then get implemented, assessed and then reviewed.
Amendments had been made by a drafting group at PPR3 to the Ballast Water: How to do it Manual submitted by the IMarEST with some elements removed in their entirety. There is an opportunity for the IMarEST to issue small bulletins on specific topics using the information that has been removed where there was some concern that going forwards the same issues will arise. These “technical notes” would be an IMarEST interpretation of the state of play - where the IMarEST can make an independent assessment of knowledge whilst making it clear that this may be interpretation of the Convention. This could lead to a big portfolio of different technical notes which in turn becomes an environmental box file of useful information for the purpose of reference.
The IMarEST via the membership of the BWEG and potentially the BMEG will contribute to two chapters of the update of the SNAME publication “Marine Engineering” which are on- “Biological transfer” and “Biofouling”. This might provide an additional place for some of the text developed for the manual, which won’t suit a bulletin, to be utilised. The book will be updated on a periodical basis and will consist of 32 chapters in total.
A paper on sampling ports is being developed and will be reviewed by the BWEG and then sent to the TLB for approval. In addition, the IMarEST will investigate whether it is suitable to co-sponsor the submission being prepared by Canada on a roadmap towards implementation. Additionally, the BWEG will work on re-submitting the paper on contingency measures at an appropriate time.
The BWEG will seek to support IMarEST TV as a new member benefit. All the presentations from the BW conferences will be made available to members and, additionally, the “technical notes” described earlier in this summary could be also turned into “how to” videos. Additionally, the BWEG will do a short video on the objectives of the group.
Actions being taken forward
- Undertaking investigations into how a “charge questions” event could fit with upcoming IMO meetings and into the IMarEST events calendar.
- Gathering together the discarded text and revised text from the How to do it Manual and to provide a preliminary assessment on whether this material could be used for technical notes.
- Advising on topics and contribute text to technical notes/bulletins
- Supporting the chair in the production of the SNAME book “Marine Engineering”
- Providing comments on the WMU D2 study report
- Working on papers on sampling ports and contingency measures for submission to IMO and to support submission by Canada on the roadmap