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2nd IMarEST Ballast Water Technology Conference

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imarestlogofrontpageWith its topical theme, ‘Compliance and Enforcement’, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s 2nd IMarEST Ballast Water Technology Conference, is being held in central London (Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London NW1) on Thursday 9 – Friday 10 May 2013,   just prior to IMO’s MEPC 65, when ballast water is firmly on the agenda.
“With ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention drawing ever-closer, our Ballast Water Experts Group have worked tirelessly both in the preparation of our annual conference, and in the work they have done in relation to the whole issue of ballast water management, ” says David Loosley, Chief Executive of IMarEST. ”Naturally our conference is of vital interest to those with a technical and operational management remit within their organisations with the date for compliance approaching. It is designed to provide essential assistance to ship owners and operators to help them decide how to achieve compliance and ensure safe and effective ballast water management.

“The inaugural conference, held at the same time last year, attracted delegates from 22 countries, proving the worth of holding it a matter of days before MEPC 63 opened. We look forward to a similarly international attendance this year as ballast water management heads up the agenda.”

Aims of the two-day event
The conference will bring delegates up to date on the standing of the Ballast Water Management Convention and comprise keynote addresses, presentations on highly relevant issues first examining the issues associated with sampling and analysis and secondly, looking at the problems implementing compliant systems from the ship-owners and suppliers perspective; and also involve a number of panel discussions with panels comprising flag states, experts in technology, Class, and owners and operators.

Tom Mackey, Senior Consultant, Hyde Marine, Inc and Co-Chairman, IMarEST Ballast Water Expert Group (BWEG)  will chair the conference, with his fellow Co-Chairman of BWEG, Dr David Wright, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland and President, Environmental Research Services delivering the opening keynote address ‘Consensus on compliance and enforcement – pipedream or possibility?’

Other confirmed speakers include:
• Chris Wiley, Chairman, IMO Ballast Water Working Group
• Dr Cato ten Hallers-Tjabbes, Environmental Consultant, CaTO Marine Ecosystems and North Sea Ballast Water Opportunity Project
• Jon Stewart, International Maritime Technology Consultants, Inc.
• Isabel van der Star, IQ&A Manager, MEA-nl
• Dr Lothar Schillak, Marine Biologist Senior Marine Expert, SGS Environmental Services
• Prof Nick Welschmeyer, Professor Oceanography, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
• Dr Alistair Greig, Senior Lecturer Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCL
• Dr Graeme Armstrong, General Manager & Principal Consultant, Burness Corlett Three Quays Group (BCTQ)
• Peter Catchpole, Principal Environmental Specialist, Lloyd’s Register
• Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General, InterManager
• Dr Marcel Veldhuis, Senior Scientist, MEA-nl
• Richard Burt, Sales and Marketing Director, Chelsea Technologies Group
• Kevin Reynolds PE, Marine Engineer, The Glosten Associates
• Christian Robeson, Senior Surveyor Marine Division, Bureau Veritas

A conference reception will be held at the close of Day One.

Further information is available on the IMarEST website at www.imarest.org/events, from events@imarest.org and from +44 (0)20 7382 2617/2702; and early bird booking discount is available for those booking prior to 29 March 2013.

About the IMarEST

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) is the leading international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. The IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of 15, 000 based in over 100 countries.

Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the 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 is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.

IMarEST also run a series of industry leading events and conferences as well as publishing internationally recognised titles: Marine Engineers Review (MER); Shipping World and Shipbuilder; Maritime IT and Electronics; Marine Scientist; and Offshore Technology

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