The Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA) is the latest entity to join the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety, a platform for industry collaboration set up under IMO’s GloFouling Partnerships project.
he GIA brings together committed leaders from maritime, shipping, ocean energy, aquaculture and other ocean-based industries, to support two key IMO pressing environmental objectives via improved biofouling management: protect marine biodiversity and decarbonize shipping.
The alliance will hold its 8th meeting in October (10 October). GIA members will discuss ongoing activities, including producing an awareness raising animation; developing a report exploring port perspectives related to biofouling management.
JSTRA is engaged in strategic R&D (Research and Development) activities to enhance the international competitiveness and technology base of the Japanese shipbuilding and shipping industries, and to respond to technical issues being faced by these industries, including logistical efficiency, safety assurance and environmental conservation issues.
We regard regulations, standards and R&D activities as our trinity, whereby we provide an integrated maritime cluster (platform) where members from shipping industry, government (inspection organizations and other government agencies) and academia come together as one; and drive initiatives regarding new regulations and standards, and R&D activities to enhance international competitiveness
said Seiichi Tanaka, Chairman of JSTRA.