New programme from the IMarEST and ITN Productions explores the future of our oceans

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and ITN Productions Industry News have co-produced Our Oceans: Our Future, an industry film that draws attention to the challenges facing the ocean and showcases stories of science, innovation and sustainability that are transforming the marine sector.

The one-hour news and current affairs-style programme investigates the latest global developments in sustainable marine science. Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, OBE, Our Oceans: Our Future explores how scientists are protecting our oceans, how the industry is engineering more efficient ships, the new technology shaping the future of shipping and renewable energy, how oceanographic data is expanding our knowledge of the oceans and how world-class maritime education is training the next generation of marine professionals.

David Loosely, Chief Executive, IMarEST said: “We really wanted to show the world some of the emerging technologies, engineering solutions and ground-breaking scientific research being undertaken by leading professionals which make the marine sector such an exciting, dynamic and rewarding place to work.”

The IMarEST hopes the film will help to create new initiatives and partnerships between ocean leaders and inspire the next generation of marine professionals who will be essential to solving the biggest problems facing the planet today.

The programme premiered at the Royal Institution, London on 20 November 2019, drawing an international and diverse array of participants such as the International Maritime Organization, the UK Commonwealth, World Wide Fund for Nature and Zoological Society of London, demonstrating the tireless work of marine professionals worldwide who are finding new ways to sustainably manage ocean resources.

Vicki Clubley, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the IMarEST to create a programme which we hope will be a comprehensive tool to deepen understanding, encourage cooperation and will bring influencers together to reach solutions that lead the way in protecting our oceans for future generations.”

The programme combines key industry interviews, reports and partner sponsored editorial profiles from the following organisations and forms part of an extensive communications campaign featuring IMarEST members, industry partners, government partners, as well as journalists and writers

  • Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS)
  • City of Glasgow College
  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Maritime New Zealand
  • Norwegian University of Science & Technology
  • Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute
  • Ocean Networks Canada
  • Tidetech
  • University of Michigan
  • V.Group

The feature-length film is available to view free in its entirety on the IMarEST website:


About the IMarEST
The IMarEST is an international learned society and membership body that brings marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists together into one multi-disciplinary professional body. The largest marine organisation of its kind, it spans 128 countries and works 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 expertise of marine professionals worldwide. Members are able to gain professional registration through the Institute (such as Technician, Incorporated, Registered or Chartered status).

The IMarEST is an NGO with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and observer status at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, International Hydrographic Organization, the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP) and the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP).

It has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g., the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining.

About ITN Productions Industry News
ITN Productions Industry News produces bespoke creative and commercial content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders and digital channels. Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcast news-style programme format, including interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles. For more information visit: