COP26 Managing Ships' Biofouling

  • 04/11/2021
  • 04/11/2021
  • Scottish Event Campus,
    Glasgow G3 8YW
  • Dr Bev Mackenzie

Biofouling is the accumulation of aquatic plants and animal organisms on surfaces and structures immersed in or exposed to the aquatic environment. Biofouling growth on ships’ hulls means an increase in drag (resistance of the ship through the water) leading to more fuel consumption, and more greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted. State-of-the-art management of biofouling will result in significant fuel efficiency gains, in addition to minimizing the transfer of invasive aquatic species to local marine environments.



COP26 Blue Zone, Derwentwater, SEC Armadillo, Scottish Event Campus

The event will highlight the launch of a new study on the impact of biofouling on GHG emissions undertaken by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships project and its Global Industry Alliance (GIA). It will cover the impact of biofouling on GHG emissions from ships, and quantify savings of GHG emissions resulting from biofouling management measures, highlighting the full potential of biofouling management to contribute to decarbonising shipping in the short term.

Access to the event

The side event will take place in the Blue Zone, the area managed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Blue Zone will unite over 30,000 experts and decision-makers from around the world and will host COP’s panel discussions, side events and exhibits. In order to access this zone and to attend this side event either in person or virtually one must be accredited by the UNFCCC. Only those who are accredited to enter the Blue Zone can attend either in person or virtually. Registration is not required for those wishing to attend in person but spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Chair: David Loosley (Secretary General, BIMCO)

Opening remarks: Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Launch of the GloFouling Partnerships Study: Dr Yigit Demirel, Senior Lecturer and Consultant, University of Strathclyde


• Mr Camille Bourgeon, Technical Officer, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

• Dr Bev MacKenzie, London Representative & Manager, Marine Environment, BIMCO

• Dr Andrew Hudson, Head of Water and Ocean Governance Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

• Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava'u Tu'ivakano, Tonga High Commissioner

• Dr Lilia Khodjet El Khil, Technical Project Manager, GloFouling Partnerships

• Mr Darren Jones, Managing Director, NRG Marine Limited (Sonihull), Global Industry Alliance

At 16:30, there will be a visit to Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory. Further information and registration for the visit. 


 Andrew Hudson  Bev Mackenzie  Camille Bourgeon  Darren Jones
  Andrew Hudson  Dr Bev Mackenzie   Camille Bourgeon   Darren Jones
 David Loosley  Dr Lilia Khodjet El Khil  Kitack Lim  Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava'u Tu'ivakano
  David Loosley   Dr Lilia Khodjet El Khil   Kitack Lim

 Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava'u