Roundtable on potential sources of microplastics from shipping and potential mitigation measures

  • 16/09/2021
  • 16/09/2021
  • Tintagel House
    92 Albert Embankment
    London, SE1 7TY
    United Kingdom
  • Dr Bev Mackenzie

Roundtable from 14:00 to 17:00 BST.

This event is taking place as part of London International Shipping Week 2021.

In recent years public concern has grown rapidly in relation to the potential threats that microplastics cause to both the marine environment and to human health. Microplastics are ubiquitous in the ocean system but much remains unknown about the sources and impacts. Whilst a significant majority of microplastics comes from land-based activities, sea-based activities should not be ignored in global efforts to combat the global plastic problem.

This in-person roundtable will explore the evidence that exists regarding ship-based sources of microplastics and the potential scale of the problem. Debate will be centred specifically around grey water as a source of microplastics and will look into the role of regulation plus examine what action owners, operators, managers and seafarers could take to reduce any impact.
The roundtable will consist of a number of short presentations covering the measurement and impact of microplastics, the sea-based sources and an overview of what initiatives are underway to limit microplastic pollution. There will be plenty of time for discussion and debate and delegates should come prepared to actively participate - considering a number of charge questions and to take part in a number of polls.

Expressions of interest in attending the event should be sent to Dr Bev Mackenzie, BIMCO London Representative and Manager, Marine Environment via by 9 September 2021. Places are strictly limited.


The safety of people attending our roundtable will be our utmost priority. We will ensure all delegates are advised of any measures in place at the venue prior to attending the event.  We do recognise that there remains a risk that COVID restrictions may still be in place or may be reimposed by the time of the event. Should this be the case any in-person event will be changed to virtual and this may occur with relatively short notice. The cocktail reception will be postponed to a later date.