Thursday 28th September marked World Maritime Day, the annual event to highlight shipping’s importance to global trade to the wider public and the contribution of those involved in the maritime industry. It’s also increasingly an opportunity to raise awareness of other marine concerns, such as environmental protection.
This year it also doubled as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of MARPOL, the seminal IMO convention for preventing marine pollution. The occasion was marked with a flagship event at IMO’s London headquarters, jointly organised by IMO, the United Nations Environment Programme and the Norwegian Innovation Forum.
Among the speakers was RINA’s Technical Director, Dmitriy Ponkratov, who presented findings from the JoRes [Joint Research] Project. The project, a global initiative with over 50 participating organisations, aims to optimise vessel designs to create more effective models.
Launched in 2019, JoRes aims to complete its work later this 2023. Its mission is to collect and develop, through collaboration, a full set of ship performance data, to better understand the potential for ship energy efficiency.