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Industry alliance for Marine Biosafety membership tripled since launch

Source: IMO Two companies have become the newest members of The Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety. This means GIA has tripled in size since it was founded with four members in June 2020. It now comprises 12 full members plus one with observer status. Armach Robotics, an in-water cleaning service provider, and Jotun, which manufactures coatings, join at the end of a busy year for the GIA. Jotun will bring experience in antifouling coating technology, proactive in-water cleaning services and innovations in biofouling management. Petter Korslund, Regulatory Affairs Manager for Jotun, said, “GIA is an important industry initiative to work together and cooperate towards a more sustainable shipping. As a global leader in maritime coatings and clean hull solutions, it is our mission to contribute to cleaner hull on vessels, enabling the shipping industry’s ambition for decarbonization and biodiversity.”  Armach Robotics will add to the Alliance’s discussions and work, bringing their perspective of in-water cleaning services. Karl Lander, Director – Regulatory Compliance and Outreach, said, “Armach is excited to work with GIA and its partners on addressing the negative impact biofouling has on the global shipping industry.”  GIA is an initiative of IMO’s GloFouling Partnerships project. It brings together private sector companies from

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