RINA was delighted to be one of the sponsors for the Indian Maritime University’s (IMU) IMO Mock Session, the finals for which took place in early November.
The aim of the competition, which is open to students and scholars of the campuses of IMU and its affiliated campuses, is to help students improve their soft skills in written and verbal communication. It is also intended to introduce the students to the work of IMO and its regulations, and help them develop a better understanding of the differing views of various stakeholders.
There are four parallel competitions reflecting IMU’s faculties: Nautical Science (SNS), Marine Engineering (SME), Naval Architecture (SNA) and Maritime Management (SMM). Unsurprisingly, the challenge of reducing GHG emissions featured strongly, with the Naval Architecture students challenged to consider the design implications for a chosen low- or zero-carbon ship technology and how it compared with others. Meanwhile, the Marine Engineering students were asked to consider the readiness of availability of a chosen low- or zero-carbon fuel or other innovative technologies not yet covered by existing IMO instruments.
The winners, announced during a live final streamed on YouTube, were as follows:
SME: IMU Kolkata Campus
SMM: Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engineering
SNS: Anglo-Eastern Maritime Academy
SNA: Anglo-Eastern Maritime Academy
Each winning team takes home a prize of INR 20,000 as well as student membership to The Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
RINA technical manager, Neil Hancock, commended the high standard of the entries and noted the crucial role the next generation will play in meeting the challenges of maritime decarbonisation.
Our congratulations to all those who participated.