United Nations agencies partner with shipping corporations

A Global Industry Alliance (GIA) was launched at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. It aims to prevent marine bio-invasions caused by ships' ballast water.

The Alliance, made up of an innovative partnership between IMO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and four major private shipping corporations, aims to harness the different skills and expertise brought by these groups in order to develop concrete solutions to this global environmental hazard.

The Alliance will contribute to research and development of cost effective ballast water treatment technologies that can be fitted onboard ships. In addition, it will assist with exploring new ship design options such as 'flow thru' ballast tanks and 'ballast-free ships'.  The Alliance aims to promote the transfer and diffusion of technology within the industry by opening a ballast water information exchange mechanism, developing training tools targeted at the maritime industry and establishing an industry dialogue forum.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore