12 Oct 2020 - Invasive aquatic species have a tremendous negative effect on the world’s marine ecosystems. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the economic impact totals several hundred million dollars per year. For shipowners, the cost of invasive and non-invasive interlopers is even higher.
To address the problem, the GloFouling Partnerships project is aiming to build capacity in developing countries to implement biofouling guidelines. Initiated in December 2018, the project is a collaboration between the IMO, the Global Environment Facility, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In addition to those entities, 12 developing nations and small island states participate as lead partnering countries. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Sweden also are lending their support, as are six regional environmental organizations and over 60 strategic partners — a mix of industry associations, international non-government organizations, universities and research facilities.
The first initiative that GloFouling Partnerships will undertake is a study on the effect of drag on marine fuel consumption. The reason this topic became a priority is in part because it directly addresses climate change.
“Obviously, the better fouling on a ship’s hull is managed, the more efficient it is going to be in terms of fuel consumption. So there is a great commercial interest in improving fouling management from the industry side,” said Dr. Lilia Khodjet El Khil, project manager for GloFouling Partnerships.
Another reason this subject was chosen is that it engages the current members of the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) on Marine Biosafety, recently established under GloFouling Partnerships, and hopefully will attract more industry partners.
CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.professionalmariner.com/global-project-to-fight-biofouling-asks-industry-to-take-seat-at-table