Scientists from SIO attended the 2020 ISO/TC8 CSAG online meeting

Editor:admin Author:Ma LT & Feng XW Date:2020-04-26 Hits:3868

      Under the global outbreak of the COVID-19, ISO/TC8 (International Organization for Standardization/ Technical Committee 8 ¡®Ships and Marine Technology¡¯) CSAG (Chairman's Strategic Advisory Group) meeting was held online from April 20th to 22nd as scheduled. Over 30 experts from 11 countries as China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Germany, and Norway, as well as organizations as IMO (International Maritime Organization) and IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) attended the meeting. Our institution¡¯s academician Jiabiao Li and professor Xuwen Feng as chairman and manager respectively of ISO/TC8/SC13 (Subcommittee 13 ¡®Marine Technology¡¯) were invited to the meeting.

      The meeting discussed the impact of the epidemic on the global ships and marine industry and related international standardization work, then studied response strategies and needs of the situation. It also discussed how to better provide standard services for the ships and marine industry and international legislatures under the epidemic. During the meeting of the CSAG and experts, a special report about potential projects of safety, environmental protection and staff training for polar issues were specially delivered and foresighted suggestions were raised at the end of the report. During the manager meeting, each member shared new changes in ISO¡¯s guidelines and further discussed how to make full use of the Internet to improve work efficiency and strengthen internal contact inside the Technical Committee.

      Marine microplastics, as a new kind of pollution source, have recently become a hot topic in the international community. Professor Xuwen Feng, as the manager of ISO/TC8/SC13, gave a talk about ¡°Marine Microplastic Pollution and Its Countermeasures¡±. She introduced the sources, distribution, and environmental effects of marine microplastics, presented the legal framework of international and regional organizations, management, and control practice of several countries, as well as the current monitoring technology and relevant standards. At last, the report put forward suggestions on intensifying research and unifying the monitoring and identification methods of marine microplastics. The importance of this proposal has been highly praised by TC8 chairman other attenders. Since its establishment in 2014, ISO/TC8/SC13 has officially published two international standards for submersibles and 12 ongoing standard proposals. During the pandemic, there was still one proposal about marine virtual instruments passed the last round of ISO voting, and is about to enter the publishing stage; one proposal about Ocean Bottom Seismograph (OBS) survey method was registered as an approved work item in ISO; another four proposals about marine environmental protection were undergoing new proposal balloting stage.

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