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IMarEST is The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

IMarEST is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership based in over 120 countries, it is a registered charity and provides grades of membership for everyone, from those seeking to become Chartered or gain other Professional Recognition, to those just starting out in their careers or studying in education.

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A new article in the Marine Professional discusses a recent announcement from the Norwegian government of intentions to reduce emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by half by 2030 and to promote the development of zero- and low-emission solutions for all vessel categories.

You can read the full article here.

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 16:50

Smart Freight Centre

About SFC

SFC is the Smart Freight Centre, SFC was established in 2013 as a global non-profit organisation leading the way to a more efficient and environmentally sustainable global freight and logistics sector.


SFC’s objectives

SFC is dedicated to remove market barriers and leverage existing initiatives to catalyse the uptake of practical solutions throughout industry that improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and lower operating costs. SFC can play this role because it is a fit-for-purpose organisation with secured funding, independent from industry or government, and has a global network across stakeholder groups. SFC focuses on three approaches:

  • Define and drive business leadership and make a connection between the private sector, government and civil society to maximise cooperation and alignment (Smart Freight Leadership)
  • Create a universal and transparent way of calculating logistics emissions across the global supply chain through the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC)
  • Catalyse the sector-wide adoption of proven and cost-effective technologies and solutions starting with road freight through SFC's Smart Trucks Platform.


SFC’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

Awareness of climate change issues is variable across SFC’s network. Many initial contacts at the forefront taking action in respect of greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the logistics sector but there is less awareness elsewhere. Participation in the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative enables SFC to work with like-minded organisations in the sector to set the agenda and lead the development of consistent, workable approaches to calculation and reporting of greenhouse gases from maritime and inland waterway freight transportation and from associated terminal operations. This is an essential step towards effective decision making and emission reduction strategy development and subsequent action.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 16:48

European Sea Ports Organisation

About ESPO

ESPO is the European Sea Ports Organisation. ESPO is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers. ESPO represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of 23 Member States of the European Union and Norway at EU political level. ESPO also has observer members in Iceland and Israel.


ESPO’s objectives

Based in Brussels since its establishment in 1993, the European Sea Ports Organisation ensures that seaports have a clear voice in the European Union. ESPO represents the common interests and promotes the common views and values of its members to the European institutions and its policy makers.

  • ESPO assists its members in gaining a better understanding of policy initiatives of importance to the sector.
  • ESPO assists European policy makers in better understanding the role and importance of port authorities, based both on its extensive knowledge of the sector and on reliable information and data.
  • ESPO is also engaged in a continuous dialogue with all European stakeholders in the port and maritime sector.
  • Finally, over the years, ESPO has turned into a unique knowledge network of European port authorities.


ESPO’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

Overall awareness of climate change is relatively high amongst ESPO’s membership. Energy consumption has been identified as number 2 environmental priority of the sector for 2016 and around half of ESPO’s members calculate and report on their carbon footprint. Ports get their license to operate and to grow from their surrounding local communities and decarbonisation and fighting climate change are at the heart of the communities’ interests. Finally, ports are literally on the front row when it comes to facing the consequences of Climate Change (sea level rise, extreme weather conditions). Through its participation in the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership, ESPO aims to build further awareness amongst its member ports on both climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 16:44

European Dredging Association

About EuDA

EuDA is the European Dredging Association. The members of EuDA comprise of dredging companies and national dredging associations, mostly Europe-based but who operate internationally.


EuDA’s objectives

EuDA provides the official interface between European dredging companies and the EU's Institutions and some international organisations (e.g. IMO, HELCOM or ILO).  EuDA also supports the dredging companies in developing knowledge and capacity to tackle new challenges inter alia through specialised working groups, and promotes investment in marine/maritime research and innovation.  The Association has a strong emphasis on social and environmental affairs.


EuDA’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

Awareness of climate change is generally high amongst EuDA’s membership: most members have a level 3 or more on the CO2 performance scale (the Netherlands); EuDA gathers emissions data; has studied specific dredging vessels’ emissions patterns; and prepared targeted communications papers with industry-backed methodologies to estimate CO2 emissions from dredging projects.

About the IMarEST

The IMarEST is The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. IMarEST has a registered charity status and is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. The IMarEST has categories of membership for everyone with an interest in the marine world, and is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of over 20,000 individuals based in over 120 countries.


IMarEST’s objectives

Our mission is to work with the global marine community to promote scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide. The IMarEST aims to;

  • Provide input as an NGO to the International Maritime organisation and other intergovernmental organisations as appropriate.
  • Influence the maritime industry, academia and governments to identify and address important issues in the marine industry.
  • Undertake activities that promote the maritime profession to a wider society.
  • Encourage continued professional development and promote scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology via our branches and other networks.
  • Reaffirm the IMarEST as the global body of choice for all ocean professionals – a professional network for life.


IMarEST’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

Awareness of climate change is generally high amongst the IMarEST’s membership. The Institute’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate are to contribute to raising awareness and work together with the partners of the coalition to help the inland and maritime navigation infrastructure sector respond to climate change. By furthering understanding, providing targeted technical support, and building capacity, the coalition’s ‘Navigating a Changing Climate’ initiative will encourage the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift to low carbon maritime and inland navigation infrastructure, and to act urgently to strengthen resilience and improve preparedness to adapt to the changing climate. As a learned society, IMarEST supports and inspires the development of best practice in marine engineering, science and technology, addressing the needs of society at sea and making a positive difference in line with our Corporate Vision of a world where marine resources and activities are sustained, managed and developed for the benefit of humanity.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 16:40

Inland Waterways International

About IWI

IWI, Inland Waterways International, members comprise about 60 organisations covering 20 countries. Its membership includes leading navigation authorities, as well as voluntary bodies, museums and commercial companies. Individual members include both users and experts in the various disciplines. All have a keen interest in both the history and the modern significance of inland waterways for commercial carrying and recreational use.


IWI’s objectives

IWI’s objective is to bring together people and organisations who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide. It aims to raise public awareness of the benefits of using waterways for a wide range of activities, from inland water transport to cruising, towpath walking and other recreational uses, as well as appreciating their architectural and landscape values as heritage. It also promotes restoration, where appropriate, of waterways which have become derelict.


IWI’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

IWI’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate are to contribute to climate awareness amongst the European and North American waterways networks, as well as those in South America, Asia and Africa, including existing and possible future ship canals addressing the needs of maritime traffic. IWI’s role and its actions have historically related more to the infrastructure, since that is where some of the toughest long-term challenges lie. How important is it to complete the networks available to commercial inland navigation? IWI has long been involved in analysis and awareness-raising on projects such as the Seine-Nord Europe Canal in France or the Danube-Oder-Elbe Water Corridors in the Czech Republic. It also has a world view, with an understanding of the issues involved in expanding inland water transport in South America and in certain parts of China.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 16:31

International Maritime Pilots’ Association

About IMPA

IMPA is the International Maritime Pilots’ Association. Members of IMPA comprise 44 national pilot associations from around the globe.


IMPA’s objectives

IMPA aims to:

  • Represent the international community of pilots.
  • Use the resources of the membership to promote effective safety outcomes in pilotage as an essential public service.
  • Make maximum use of our formal voice in relevant international maritime fora. Particularly important as an NGO at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  • Seek out the best available knowledge and information and make it available to members in order to advance the profession and maintain its relevance to the modern world.


IMPA’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

Existing knowledge about climate change varies across IMPA’s membership.  Some, who rely on freshwater levels daily are very aware; others are sceptical. By participating in the Navigating a Changing Climate partnership, IMPA will be able to facilitate the essential greater understanding of the ramifications of climate change: not only amongst its members but also within the membership’s wider port communities that may otherwise not be aware of its impact on their future operations and how they may be able to deal with it.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 16:27

International Harbour Masters' Association

About IHMA

IHMA is the International Harbour Masters’ Association. IHMA has around 250 individual members from 40 different countries.


IHMA’s objectives

The main objectives of IHMA are to:

  • Promote safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters 
  • Develop and foster collaboration and good relations among harbour masters world-wide 
  • Represent the professional views of harbour masters internationally, regionally and nationally Promote the professional standing and interests of harbour masters generally 
  • Collect, collate and supply information of professional interest to the membership.


IHMA’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

Whilst there is some recognition amongst IHMA’s members of the risks associated with climate change, IHMA intends that participation in the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership will increase awareness amongst its members, who have responsibility for the safety of navigation and port operations, of the actions that can be taken to adapt to the changing climate and to strengthen the port’s resilience.


PIANC is the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. PIANC members include Governments, corporate members, public and private sector organisations and, individuals from 65 countries around the world.


PIANC’s objectives

Amongst PIANC’s main objectives, the following are of particular relevance to the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative:

  • Keep the international waterborne transport community connected
  • Bring together the best international experts on technical, economic and environmental issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructure to prepare high-quality technical reports
  • Provide expert guidance, recommendations and technical advice.


PIANC’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

Existing levels of knowledge about climate change amongst PIANC’s membership vary significantly. Some members are well informed and some of the larger ports or waterways operators may feel that they are well prepared, but there are low levels of awareness elsewhere in the sector. By leading the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership PIANC aims to raise awareness of the challenges that climate change will undoubtedly bring whilst also contributing to the development and dissemination of relevant information and technical guidance that draws on wider sectoral knowledge and experience through collaboration with the Navigating a Changing Climate partner organisations.

About IAPH

IAPH is the International Association of Ports and Harbors, they have members in 90 countries around the world. IAPH members are primarily port authorities or port-related businesses.


IAPH’s objectives

IAPH aims to:

  • Strengthen relationships among the member ports by facilitating interaction, dialogue, problem-solving and formulation of best practices
  • Leverage member expertise through strong technical committees and programs that create platforms focused on resolving complex port and maritime industry concerns and building greater efficiency and sustainability for ports worldwide
  • Promote and demonstrate IAPH members’ leadership and commitment to a cleaner, safer and more environmentally sustainable industry for the benefit of the global community
  • Proactively coordinate with other international maritime and related organisations (such as IMO, UNCTAD, WCO, PIANC, etc.) and advocate for global solutions to issues that impact IAPH members


IAPH’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate

IAPH has joined the PIANC-led environment initiative Navigating a Changing Climate as a partner to raise awareness about the challenges posed by climate change at a global level. IAPH’s commitment to combating climate change is never new, as demonstrated by its environmental initiative “World Ports Climate Initiative” launched in 2008. Its major pillars are Environmental Ship Index (ESI), Onshore Power Supply and Carbon Footprinting.

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