IMarEST becomes an observer organisation at the IHO

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imarest_150x150The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has obtained observer status at the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO).

As an accredited Non Governmental International Organisation (NGIO), IMarEST will gain access to all IHO events, from hydrographic conferences to working group meetings with observer status allowing IMarEST members to contribute to the Monaco-based organisation’s  global work and activities.

Hydrographic authority the IHO works to advance maritime safety and efficiency, as well as support and protect the marine environment. Established in 1921, it also works with international governments and coastal states to ensure the world’s seas, oceans and navigable waters are surveyed and charted.

Robert Ward, President of the IHO, said: “We are pleased to welcome IMarEST as an observer organisation. As an accredited Observer Organisation, IMarEST can now participate in the work and meetings of the IHO at all levels.

“The global membership of IMarEST provides the IHO with access to a knowledgeable and experienced hydrographic stakeholder community and allows the IMarEST membership to provide valuable input that will assist and guide us in our work.”

IMarEST’s Chief Executive David Loosley said: “We are delighted to have been elected as a observer organisation to the IHO. It provides our members with a fantastic opportunity to have their voice heard and further highlights the global reach and influence that the IMarEST has.”

“Additionally, over the past year or so, we have been working closely with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, supporting the professional development of their staff, so the timing is excellent.”

The IMarEST also has consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international  intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise are of particular use, for example, the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining.