The IMarEST’s 120th President Says: “The Path to the Future is Through the Present.”
Martin Shaw has become the 120th President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). Martin’s priorities for his presidential year include engaging with seafarers and the shipping industry, working to further build the IMarEST’s global reach, and acting on inclusion and diversity.
Martin says “I am honored to be the President of the IMarEST. Over the next year, there is much to be excited about and I am looking forward to working with the wide range of talented marine professionals who make up our membership.”
Speaking of the challenges faced by the marine sector, Martin adds: “The headline issue is climate change and how we ensure that the engineering of the required technology works. It has been quoted that this will cost $3.4 trillion, so it is vital that the equipment does not fail. The expertise of our membership, which includes engineers, scientists and technologists, is central to this challenge. We need to make sure that equipment is designed to operate and operated to design. We also need to remember that the current fleet needs to continue to operate safely.”
Martin Shaw, 120th President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
Martin succeeds 119th President, Alastair Fischbacher, and will hold the position of the IMarEST President for one year. Yves De Leeneer, a Board Trustee and Council member of the IMarEST, is the new President Elect, he is based in Singapore.
The Glasgow-born 120th President began his career as an engineer officer where his love of being at sea blossomed. After 13 years at sea and with a growing family, Martin moved his career ashore, with positions as a fleet safety officer, engineer superintendent, and senior management roles.
Whilst learning to fly, Martin developed an enthusiasm for human factors and improving safety. He was awarded a Merchant Navy Medal presented by HRH Princess Royal for his contribution to marine safety. This passion and expertise saw him become Chair of the IMarEST’s Human Element working group and representing the IMarEST in the Human Element Industry Group. He was also involved in setting up the Institute’s Ship Repair, Maintenance and Safety Special Interest Group (RAMSIG).
Martin concludes: “As I begin my year as President, I would like to encourage individuals to get involved with the Institute, whether that is by joining, volunteering, or becoming active in our Special Interest Groups and local branches. By collaborating with other professionals both locally and internationally, we will be able to accelerate progress to overcome the vast challenges that the marine industry faces.”