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New technology research at the forefront of GIA for Marine Biosafety

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

The Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety is an alliance that brings together committed leaders from maritime, shipping, ocean energy, aquaculture and other ocean-based industries, to support two key IMO pressing environmental objectives via improved biofouling management: protect marine biodiversity and decarbonize shipping.

The Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA) is the latest member to join the GIA just in time before it’s 8th meeting due to take place on Monday 10th October 2022, where the members will reconvene to discuss the progress of ongoing (production of an animation and development of a report exploring port perspectives, all related to biofouling management) and any potential upcoming activities.

Biofouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae, or small animals on ships’ hull and other wetted surfaces. In addition to the irreversible affects it can have for marine biodiversity by introducing potentially Invasive Aquatic Species into new environments, biofouling also increases the drag of ships, forcing them to burn more fuel to maintain speed and contribute to the higher GHG emission.

The new member JSTRA is engaged in strategic R&D (Research and Development) activities to enhance the international competitiveness and technology base of the Japanese shipbuilding and shipping industries, and to respond to technical issues being faced by these industries, including logistical efficiency, safety assurance and environmental conservation issues.

“We regard regulations, standards and R&D activities as our trinity, whereby we provide an integrated maritime cluster (platform) where members from shipping industry, government (inspection organizations and other government agencies) and academia come together as one; and drive initiatives regarding new regulations and standards, and R&D activities to enhance international competitiveness.” Seiichi Tanaka, Chairman of JSTRA.

GloFouling Partnerships will be holding its 2nd R&D Forum and Exhibition on Biofouling Prevention and Management for Maritime Industries at IMO (International Maritime Organization) Headquarters in London, United Kingdom, 11-14 October 2022. It will bring together regulatory bodies, academia, leading scientific experts, technology developers, and representatives from maritime industries such as shipping, ports and harbours, aquaculture & fishing, offshore oil & gas, deep sea mining and ocean renewable energy, for a comprehensive overview of this rapidly expanding area of research and development of technologies. For more information see: 2nd R&D Forum and Exhibition

For more information on how to join the GIA:

About JSTRA: Since its foundation in 2005, JSTRA has functioned as a platform for close cooperation between industry, government and academia, as well as among consignors, shippers, and shipbuilders and ship machinery manufactures.

JSTRA’s major roles include deepening the level of shared awareness with regard to problematic issues concerning ship technologies and carrying out projects relating to regulations, standards and R&D, with the participation of various concerned parties; including shipbuilders and ship machinery manufactures, the shipping industry, universities, research institutions, academic societies, ship inspection organizations and various government agencies.


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