Greeting from New JIME President

President of Japan Institute of Marine Engineering
Tetsuya Omatsu

At the outset, I would like to congratulate on the arrival of the new year.

I assume that you had a wonderful new year, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank your understanding of and support for activities by the Japan Institute of Marine Engineering (JIME).

Last year, the JIME successfully organized the 11th International Symposium on Marine Engineering (ISME 2017 TOKYO), our biggest event of the year, with International Maritime Organization Secretary-General Kitack Lim in attendance. I would like to thank JIME members and other participants in the symposium for making the symposium a success. I also would like to appreciate enormous efforts made to this aim by ISME 2017 Organizing Committee Chairman Tomoji Takamasa, Steering Committee Chairman Katsumi Iwamoto, the ISME Organizing Committee, the Steering Committee, the JIME Secretariat and other stakeholders. Thanks to their support, the ISME 2017 TOKYO, which was held when international attention is being paid to environmental measures in the marine sector, became an academic event of great significance where participants exchanged information beyond national borders and sent a strong message to the world.

Looking at the present situation facing the maritime, shipbuilding and marine equipment sectors at the beginning of the new year, the markets are not on a path toward full recovery, although we begin to see a glimmer of hope. The shipbuilding market is also continuing to face a tough road ahead. Under such circumstances, our industry is at a crossroads with the introduction of tighter environmental rules, including the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the NOx Tier III and global regulations on ballast water treatment and SOx emissions. Our industry is also on the verge of introducing the Internet of Things (IoT), information and communication technologies (ICTs) and artificial intelligence (AI).

This year, JIME will organize the ISME 2017 TOKYO, a major international conference about marine engineering. This will be the 11th ISME meeting to be held in Japan for the first time in six years. ISME executive committee members are already busy with preparations for the conference, and I strongly hope that this will become a successful event.

Maritime clusters that contain the maritime, shipbuilding and marine industry sectors are certain to further contribute to Japan’s economic activities by regarding this paradigm shift as a great opportunity. The JIME has contributed to Japan’s economic development through academic and technical development in marine engineering and development of engineering skills, and it will be able to make a further contribution.

However, it is also true that the environment surrounding the JIME is becoming increasingly difficult with a relative decline in Japanese industry’s competitiveness due to growing strength of developing countries, shrinking membership of the JIME and increased average age of JIME members. To respond to these changes in external factors, the JIME must re-energize its activities and work to improve services for its regular and supporting members. The JIME can further develop itself by having its members feel the benefits of its activities. From this point of view, the JIME launched a special committee last year with the aim of expanding its membership. The committee, consisting of (among others) the Vice Chairman, Internal Affairs Committee Chairman, Planning Committee Chairman, Engineering Education Committee Chairman, came up with recommendations after discussing ways to make the JIME membership more diverse with additional female and student members, contribute to JIME supporting members, and prevent regular members from withdrawing. The recommendations will be taken into action this year mainly by various committees for the purpose of revitalizing the JIME’s operations.

Last year, a significant number of JIME members engaged in a variety of activities. As for publication activities, the JIME Journal has become a modern and essential tool for industry people to exchange information about the sector, thanks to significant contributions by our Editing Committee. In 2017, the JIME held its academic lecture on the occasion of the 53rd annual lecture in Tokyo, the venue of the ISME 2017. We organized a symposium on the marine environment and a gathering for female experts only and they were both very significant. The next annual academic lecture is scheduled for this year in Okayama. It is also pleasing to see our ‘gatherings of senior people’, which help pass the skills of veteran engineers to younger generations through education, becoming more active year by year.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank our board members, committee chairs, secretariat members and committee members, all of whom play vital roles in the JIME management, for their constant support. I also would like to reiterate my appreciation to our members.

Finally, I would like to seek your continued support this year so that the JIME will be able to keep advancing Japan’s marine engineering industry.

March 1976 Graduated from the Department of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
April 1976 Joined the Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd
July 2002 General Mnager of the Ship and Offshore Design Department, Kure Works, the Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd
June 2011 Director, General IHI Marine United Cooperation
January 2013 Managing Officer, the Japan Marine United Corporation
June 2016 Audit and Supervisory Board member, the Japan Marine United Corporation

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