Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
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The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) is the international membership body and learned society for professionals operating in the spheres of marine engineering, science, or technology. It has registered charity status in the U.K.. It has a worldwide membership of 15,000 individuals based in over 100 countries. The Institute is a member of the UK Science Council and a licensed body of the Engineering Council UK.
IMarEST is also a publisher of books, periodicals, magazines, journals and papers related to marine engineering, science and technology, and organises meetings, events and conferences related to these themes. The Institute is also the home of the Guild of Benevolence of the IMarEST, which continues the work of the fund founded for the families of the engineers of the Titanic, and which today provides help and funds for those seafarers and others who find themselves in hard times.
- 1 Vision
- 2 Mission
- 3 International standing
- 4 Members
- 5 Registration
- 6 Magazines
- 7 Technical & Scientific Journals
- 8 Books
- 9 Events and Conferences
- 10 Information & Knowledge Services
- 11 Young Members Network
- 12 Employment Service
- 13 Marine Partners and Affiliates
- 14 Course Accreditation
- 15 Scholarships, Awards and Prizes
- 16 Guild of Benevolence of the IMarEST
- 17 External links
A world where marine resources and activities are sustained, managed and developed for the benefit of humanity
To work within the global marine community to promote the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and knowledge of marine professionals worldwide.
The IMarEST has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.
The IMarEST’s international dimension is reinforced by the activities of its divisions and branches located across the globe:
- European Division - 25 branches
- ANZSPAC (Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific) Division - 12 branches
- Middle East Division - 5 branches
- South East Asia Division - 3 branches
- Americas Division - 3 branches
- North East Asia Division - 2 branches
These branches provide a local focus to activities, networks, conferences, meetings and events, and for developing and maintaining links and partnerships with people and organisations in key regions in the marine world.
The IMarEST has different categories of membership for those who are seeking professional recognition (Corporate Membership), for those who are currently studying or just starting out in their careers or those who simply have a general interest in the IMarEST, its work, its members, events, publications or facilities (non-Corporate Membership).
IMarEST members include those working in:
- Commercial Shipping
- Fishing, Aquaculture & Biotechnology
- Ship design, construction, maintenance & decommission
- Marine Finance, Insurance & Risk
- Ports & Harbours
- Marine Law, Governance & Regulation
- Defence and Naval Engineering
- Marine Renewables
- Marine Engineering Systems & Equipment
- Marine Safety & Security
- Power & Propulsion
- Oceanography, Climatology & Marine Meteorology
- Coast & Ocean Mapping & Hydrography
- Natural Hazards
- Navigation & Communication
- Offshore Oil & Gas
- Marine Environment & Pollution
- Underwater Technology & Operations
- Coastal & Shelf Seas
- Marine Leisure
…plus additional marine science, engineering and technology disciplines and applications.
Corporate Membership Categories
Fellows are those who qualify for the category of Member and have demonstrated to the satisfaction of Council a level of knowledge and understanding, competence and commitment involving superior responsibility for the conceptual design, management or the execution of important work in a marine related profession, and have given a commitment to abide by the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.
Members are those who qualify for the category of Associate Member and have demonstrated to the satisfaction of Council that they have achieved a position of professional standing having normally been professionally engaged in the marine sector for a period of five years that includes significant responsibility and have given a commitment to abide by the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct
Associate Members those demonstrating to the satisfaction of Council that they have achieved a position as a technician, or are professionally engaged in Initial Professional Development or occupy an occupational role in the marine sector, and have given a commitment to abide by the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct
Non-corporate Membership Categories
Affiliates may either be those with an interest in, or who may contribute to, the activities of the Institute or; persons who, in the opinion of Council, can contribute to, or wish to have access to, the technical services of the Institute, being resident in a recognised overseas territory and also members of a professional society with which the Institute has a reciprocal arrangement.
Student members are those enrolled on a programme of further or higher education accredited or recognised by the IMarEST.
In addition to Membership, the IMarEST is licensed to provide a range of professional registers covering the fields of engineering, science and technology. In addition, the IMarEST’s Royal Charter empowers the Institute to offer registers designed to meet the specific needs of the marine profession. Corporate members can become registered (chartered) as:
- Chartered Engineer (CEng)
- Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng)
- Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
- Incorporated Marine Engineer (IMarEng)
- Engineering Technician (EngTech)
- Marine Engineering Technician (MarEngTech)
- Chartered Scientist (CSci)
- Chartered Marine Scientist (CMarSci)
- Registered Marine Scientist (RMarSci)
- Marine Technician (MarTech)
- Chartered Marine Technologist (CMarTech)
- Registered Marine Technologist (RMarTech)
- Marine Technician (MarTech)
The IMarEST publishes a number of professional magazines for the science, engineering and technology community.
MER is targeted at the seagoing marine engineer, engineering superintendent and technical manager/director. It covers the latest marine technology, propulsion and auxiliary systems, operations, machinery problems and solutions, along with ship building and ship repair techniques, safety, regulations and the environment.
Established in 1883, Shipping World and Shipbuilder is a broad-based marine publication covering ship, port and terminal operations, safety and the environment, legislation, P&I and marine technology and systems, as well as shipbuilding technology and ship descriptions.
Maritime IT & Electronics prints coverage of the technological advances which are impacting on the ship today - both on board ship and ashore. The core themes of satellite communications, navigation and back-office software feature prominently in every issue, accompanied by a selection of features highlighting the wider impact of digital technology through every stage of the maritime business cycle.
Offshore Technology covers issues affecting the industry, offering a perspective on the international oil and gas market. Each issue brings the latest technologies being applied across the industry's key sectors including floating production, subsea exploration, drilling and seismic.
Marine Scientist is a professional science journal produced as a quarterly publication, researched and written by individuals with a wealth of experience in the maritime field.
Technical & Scientific Journals
In addition to the professional magazines outlined above, the IMarEST also publishes a number of subscription only, academic, peer-reviewed journals which present international research papers describing the latest discoveries, developments and advances in the marine sector.
Both the Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology and the Journal of Operational Oceanography are peer-reviewed and are included in the Science Citation Index Expanded. Papers published in these journals are eligible for the IMarEST Denny Medal, a special annual prize awarded to the authors of the best paper in each Journal.
- The Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology (JMET)
Published three times a year in print and online, The Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology contains papers of a specialist academic nature covering research, theory and scientific studies concerned with all aspects of marine engineering and technology. Editors: Dr A Greig and Dr R Bucknall, UCL, LONDON UK
- Journal of Operational Oceanography (JOO)
Published twice a year in print and online, The Journal of Operational Oceanography disseminates and reports on scientific and applied research advances associated with all aspects of operational oceanography. The journal incorporates papers that examine the role of oceanography in contributing to all marine disciplines, address the needs of one or more of a wide range of end user communities and address the requirements of global observing systems. Editor: Prof Ralph Rayner, CMarSci, FIMarEST, London School of Economics (LSE)
- Marine Technical Notes (MTN)
Published online only, the IMarEST E-Journal, 'Marine Technical Notes' aims to cater for papers covering research of a more practical nature in marine engineering, science and technology. Issues will include student papers, review papers, lecture papers, letters and technical notes.
IMarEST Publications produces books for marine students, engineers and technologists.
The following is a selection of some of the book titles published by IMarEST:
- Marine medium speed diesel engines
- Marine low speed diesel engines
- Fire safety at sea
- Safe operation of marine power plant
- Operation & maintenance of machinery in motorships
- A practical guide to marine fuel oil handling
- Exhaust emissions from combustion machinery
- Controllable pitch propellers
- Design of propulsion and electric power generation systems
- Design and operation of marine air compressors
- Design for safety of marine and offshore systems
Events and Conferences
A number of technical and scientific conferences are organised and run by the IMarEST annually. Producing their own conference proceedings, they offer an opportunity to learn of the latest marine research. Examples include:
- Engine as a Weapon
- International Naval Engineering Conference (INEC)
- All Electric Ship (AES)
The IMarEST develops a programme of evening lectures each year covering general and specific technical and scientific topics. Recordings of these lectures and any associated slides will be available for members to access online. Examples of lectures include:
- The IMarEST Stanley Gray Lectures - These lectures, held three times a year, are given by members of the profession. The lectures cover all three aspects of the Institute’s remit, marine engineering, marine science and marine technology.
- The IMarEST Lord Kelvin Lectures - One of the IMarEST’s first presidents, this lecture series was introduced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lord Kelvin’s death. Lectures are given by members of the maritime community taking Lord Kelvin’s foresight and applying it to the development of future technologies
In addition, branches also have their own technical and social events which are advertised through the IMarEST website and publications.
Information & Knowledge Services
The IMarEST provides members with Information & Knowledge Services online and through access to its Virtual Library.
- Virtual Library
Members can access thousands of full-text records on marine subjects including references to material held in the IMarEST library collection at Lloyd's Register.
- Document Delivery
Members can contact the Information & Knowledge Manager with requests for papers from past issues of IMarEST Publications including IMarE Transactions, MER, Shipping World & Shipbuilder, The Marine Scientist and numerous IMarEST conferences.
- Marine Technology Abstracts (MTA)
Through the IMarEST joint venture with BMT Group Ltd, members can gain access to bibliographic information and summaries of approximately 100,000 journal articles, reports, books and conference papers from major marine technical publications.
- IMarEST e-Shop'
Members can purchase e-papers, books and merchandise.
- International Directory of Marine Consultancy (IDMC)
Members seeking professional expertise can access an online directory holding contact details and descriptive data of marine consultants, surveyors and expert witnesses worldwide. Those members wishing to advertise their services can create their own listing free of charge. Non-members pay an annual fee.
- The IMarEST Collection at Lloyd's Register
Members are granted free access by appointment to the IMarEST library collection at Lloyd's Register. Located at LR's historic 71 Fenchurch Street building in the heart of the City of London, the library holds numerous conference proceedings, journal series and reference titles in print format.
- The IMarEST HQ Archive
All historic IMarEST/IMarE publications are held at the IMarEST HQ office in Aldgate House, 33 Aldgate High Street in the City of London including the Institute's Transactions, Marine Engineers Review and Shipping World & Shipbulider, in addition to conference proceedings and IMarEST published book titles.
Young Members Network
The IMarEST Young Members’ Network provides support to Student members, but also throughout the early stages of an individual's career. Activities and support provided include knowledge share and networking events, IPD and CPD Professional Development workshops, graduate mentor schemes, scholarships and awards.
Members can find career opportunities via IMarEST partnership with the recruitment agent matchtech.
Marine Partners and Affiliates
IMarEST partners with academic and corporate organisations globally.
The IMarEST accredits both industrial training programs company and academic graduate and postgraduate courses worldwide. This develops and fosters high standards of learning across different countries. An IMarEST accredited qualification or course (anywhere in the world) will gain equal recognition in a number of countries. The Institute maintains high international professional standards for engineers, scientists and technologists.
Scholarships, Awards and Prizes
The IMarEST offers best student awards, cadet prizes and undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Technical and scientific papers may also be published through the Institute. Each year the best papers are awarded prizes.
Guild of Benevolence of the IMarEST
The Guild of Benevolence is a separate registered charity (RCN 208727) closely associated with the IMarEST. Amongst others, the Guild helps current and past members of the IMarEST and their dependents who have fallen on hard times.
It makes grants to supplement low income; it helps with shortfalls in nursing home fees; it gives lump sums to purchase essential items like stair lifts or washing machines; it assists with essential home repairs and improvements and it assists with debt relief. In fact, the Guild will help eligible people who are in need in whatever way seems most appropriate in the circumstances.