The stormy seas of climate change and the major challenge facing the shipping industry is the theme of the South West's World Maritime Day 2009 celebration hosted by the University of Plymouth.
This topical event comes ahead of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen in December to consider a new regime to follow the Kyoto Protocol.
For the first time ever shipping will be on the agenda and the industry will be expected to put forward proposals to reduce its impact on the climate through a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
'Climate Change - a challenge for shipping' supported by the University's Marine Institute, will include talks and presentations on this critical issue from key maritime professional bodies including the Institute of Marine Engineering (IMarEST), Royal Institution of Naval Architects and the Nautical Institute.
Paul Wright of the University of Plymouth Marine Institute said; "Whilst ships are the most carbon friendly method of transporting goods they are presently responsible for producing about 4% of global green house gases. This event is a great way of bringing together the academic and professional communities to consider this common concern and explore how the impact of ships on climate change can be reduced."
As well as a key note speech by Michael Everard CBE, President of IMarEST and Honorary Doctor of the University, awards of the Nautical Institute will be made to Captain Richard Woodman, maritime historian and author and Professor Richard Goss, retired government maritime economist.
The event also celebrates the 120th anniversary of the IMarEST, of which the University's Marine Institute is a marine partner.