It is important that, when developing international regulations, they are most rational for the entire shipping industry from a scientific viewpoint based on proven technologies.
Participation in various international conferences
JSTRA seeks to realize Japanese proposals by actively participating in important conferences, such as IMO Committees and Sub-Committees that discuss significant matters for shipping and shipbuilding industries.
The control and management of ships' biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species
Discussions have taken place at IMO regarding the control and management of aquatic organisms In order to reduce the transfer of invasive aquatic species by ships. To that end. JSTRA has carried out the research to lead the discussion at IMO in light of circumstances of the maritime industries in Japan.
Preparation of rules and regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships
To appropriately address rules and regulations for preventing air pollution, such as those on NOx, SOx, and black carbon emissions from ships, we have been involved in engineering and research studies necessary for their successful implementation. During this process, and with a firm grasp of the trends on discussion at IMO, JSTRA is also contributing positively by accurately representing the thoughts and perspectives of Japanese maritime industries in the process of discussions.
Development of Stability Requirements
JSTRA conducts investigations regarding the intact and damage stability requirements currently being discussed in IMO, through consideration of the draft of second-generation intact stability criteria and proposals for the improvement of damage stability requirements for passenger ships. In this regard, JSTRA conducts investigations aiming to further improve safety in terms of preventing ships from capsizing and developing efficient and reasonable requirements, taking the actual practices of ship design and navigation in our country into consideration.
Exaimination of standard related to moderization of navigation equipment.
Modernization of GMDSS
Currently, IMO are progressing modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). We have participated in related discussions in IMO, as well as studies promoting GMDSS modernization to ensure that the perspectives of Japanese industries are adequately reflected in the process.
Related standards accompanying the implementation of e-navigation Strategy
Currently, IMO are taking steps to review conventions and regulations concerning navigation support system based on the "e-navigation Strategy" for establishing the next-generation navigation support system. We participate in these reviews proactively and are engaged in research and studies on technical standards so that the thoughts of Japanese maritime industries are reflected in discussions.
Strategy for utilizing data in rule-making process for ships
Based on technological development in usage and collection of data in maritime industry, JSTRA is conducting investigations on how to utilize corrected data in IMO rule-making process. Our project aims to propose strategy for development "data driven regulations" which are based on reliable and pragmatic justifications.
Development of codes for gas fuel ships and new liquefied gas carriers
JSTRA is contributing positively to discussions on safety requirements for the IGF Code (international Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-Flash Point Fuels) by accurately representing the thoughts and perspectives of Japanese maritime industries.
Studies of impact of underwater noise from commercial ships on marine life
In international conferences with the Convention on Biological Diversity, some have argued that it Is necessary to take measures to prevent artificial under water noise, including the noise from commercial ships. Therefore, a request has been made to each country to carry out scientific studies and determine the impact that artificial noise has on marine life. To avoid the future Introduction of underwater noise control measures without sound scientific evidence, JSTRA is conducting studies on the Impact of noise on marine life by collecting quantitative and scientific data with the purpose of identifying a noise level that is tolerable to marine life.
Development of standard for Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) from shipping
In association with the revision of the MARPOL Convention, centered on introducing EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) regulations for ships, that came into effect in January 2013, we have been participating in discussions on related issues, such as reviewing the status of technological development and control values, the compatibility of energy efficiency and navigation safety, appropriate methods for sea trial measurements, and evaluations and establishment of the data collection system for fuel consumption as phased approaches to the reduction of CO2 from international shipping based on the MBM (Market Based Measurement). To achieve this purpose, we are engaged in research so that the viewpoints of Japanese maritime industries are reflected in these discussions, while achieving coordination with industry stakeholders.
Development of measures for cyber securities in the maritime sector
Due to the worldwide development of IT, the maritime sector is also growing dependence on the cyber system deeper. Taking Into account growing concerns over risks such as a breach of navigation safety, or trade crimes caused by unauthorized access to the system, discussions on cyber securities In the maritime sector are In progress in IMO. JSTRA Is following the trends of discussions In IMO accurately and promoting studies so as to ensure that the experiences and perspectives of Japanese Industries are adequately represented in these discussions.
JSTRA conducts follow-up of discussions in IMO, with particular attention to matters of significance, for the shipping and shipbuilding industries in Japan, and takes appropriate measures to them concerning matters investigated to date.
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