Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
Keeping ships’ hulls free from just a thin layer of slime can reduce a ship’s GHG emissions by up to 25%, according to the preliminary findings of a new study, launched at COP 26 on 4 November and reported by IMO.
The full video of the session may be seen here:
Readers are invited to download the report Preliminary results Impact of Ships’ Biofouling on Greenhouse Gas Emissions here:
Preliminary findings of the study on the Impact of Ships’ Biofouling on Greenhouse Gas Emissions reveals that a layer of slime as thin as 0.5 mm covering up to 50% of a hull surface can trigger an increase of GHG emissions in the range of 20 to 25%, depending on ship characteristics, speed and other prevailing conditions.
Biofouling is the build-up of microorganisms, plants, algae or small animals on surfaces. One of the most significant factors impacting the efficiency of all ships in service is associated with the resistance generated by the underwater area. Maintaining a smooth and clean hull free from biofouling is of paramount importance.
More severe biofouling conditions can lead to higher emissions, showing the importance of good biofouling management. With a light layer of small calcareous growth (barnacles or tubeworms), an average length container ship can see an increase in GHG emissions of up to 55%, dependent on ship characteristics and speed, it has been reported.
To reduce the GHG emissions from the maritime industry IMO has adopted a series of legally-binding ship design and operational performance indices that must be achieved by individual vessels. The aim is to ensure that ship operators consider options to improve the efficiency of their vessels throughout their lifecycle.
The report clearly shows the importance of good biofouling management. It illustrates how the perceived impact of biofouling is likely to have been historically underestimated by the shipping community.
The report on the preliminary results of the study on the Impact of Ships’ Biofouling on Greenhouse Gas Emissions was launched by the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety, a group of leading companies that have joined forces to develop solutions and address barriers to improve biofouling management. The GIA operates under the framework of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships project, for more see here: www.glofouling.imo.org
These findings were revealed at the ‘Managing Biofouling – A Win-Win Solution to Help Curb Climate Change and Preserve Ocean Biodiversity’ hybrid official side event on 4 November, led by BIMCO, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26).
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News has been received from Brussels-based PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport and Infrastructure of the two events listed above.
Abstracts and registration have been invited for the fifth in a series of the PIANC Mediterranean Days, which will take place on 25-26 October 2023 at Port de Sète, France.
The French Section of PIANC and CEREMA* are jointly organising the PIANC Med Days, as well as the Ports of the Future meeting preceding the Med Days on 24-26 October 2023).