Call for papers: IMarEST 6th Ballast Water Technology Conference

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imarest_150x150Following the ratification of the Ballast Water Management Convention in September, and with the shipping community potentially woefully unprepared, attention is now focused on its implementation ahead of entry into force next autumn.

In addition to the practical measures ship owners and operators will need to take, such as the selection of the appropriate treatment system, its installation and operating procedures, there are a number of scientific and technical challenges remaining that must be urgently addressed. Part-conference and part-workshop, this IMarEST event will take place 12th to 13th January 2017 in London and aims to make a tangible contribution to finding long-term solutions to the challenges for the benefit of both the industry and the environment.

Experts from the ballast water community and beyond are invited to submit their abstracts by 18th November to pitch technological, regulatory and scientific solutions to a series of charge questions:

What best practice exists within the ballast water community and what might we learn from other marine sectors?

Where are shipping operators and Port State Control going to find the information they need to train crews/inspectors in what is an incredibly complex piece of environmental legislation?

What treatment technologies are suitable for the various ship types?

What effect will entry-into-force have on the ability of technology manufacturers to deliver equipment to ship operators when they need it and what are the principal planning, engineering, installation and operating challenges?

How can consistent enforcement policies be assured?

What happens if everything goes wrong? What contingency options exist or might need to exist and if all else fails what penalties may apply?

Submissions will be reviewed and selected on their potential to answer one or more of the charge questions posed, on the basis of technical quality, relevance and their potential for generating discussion. Papers must be presented in English. Prospective authors are invited to submit titles of papers, keywords and synopses of no greater than 500 words (please do not submit, pictures, figures, graphs, equations etc. as part of the abstract) to by Friday 18th November.

Selected authors will be invited to submit final papers of up to 2,000 words and five images by 8th January 2017.

There is no charge for submission of papers but selected authors will be expected to pay the members delegate fee.

Following the conference, the IMarEST will produce a series of “How to do it” documents based on the submitted papers, subsequent review of those papers and incorporation of key points raised during the discussions. Where appropriate these will be submitted to the relevant committee or sub-committee of the IMO in accordance with the IMarEST protocol on IMO representation.