MI@NUS Sustainable Management of Marine Fouling Workshop

The Maritime Institute @ National University of Singapore (MI@NUS) organised a Marine Fouling Workshop on 17 June 2014 at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, National University of Singapore. The workshop addresses challenges and opportunities in (1) Next Generation Marine Antifouling Coatings and (2) Technologies and Practices for Sustainable Fouling Management.

Marine biofouling refers to the accumulation of organisms, plants and animals on any unprotected surfaces immersed in the sea. This is a problem that has haunted mankind for as long as mankind has been working at sea!

As a result of harmful discharges from the use of toxic substances to control marine growth, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships which entered into force on 17 September 2008. Subsequently, due to global concerns about the effects of invasive aquatic species on the environment, IMO has further adopted new Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species in July 2011 for ships of all sizes.

The workshop served as a platform for various parties to share and discuss initiatives to advance sustainable biofouling management for the maritime and offshore industry. It is also a potential prelude to initiatives by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI).

The National University of Singapore will also be hosting the 17th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling (ICMCF) from 6 to 10 July 2014.

Presentation Materials

Presentation Title Presenter
Battling Biofouling in the Offshore Industry: Its Characteristics, Consequences and Control Mr John Lewis
Principal Marine Consultant, ES Link Services, Honorary Associate, Museum Victoria
Learning from Nature, Approaches to Controlling Fouling Assistant Professor Scott Rice, SCELSE
Biology of Marine Pests Dr Serena Teo, Tropical Marine Science Institute
Hydrodynamic Drag Reduction Mr Jonathan Tay, National University of Singapore

*The rest of the presentation materials will regrettably not be made available as they contain unpublished data.