IHTS PANEL MEETING, GREENWICH, UK, March 2016
ICMM's International Historic & Traditional Ships Panel (IHTS) met again in Greenwich in conjunction with ICMM's Executive Council meeting in March 2016. At the well-attended meeting (click here for attendee list) the Panel resumed its work after a period without a formal meeting. It was an ideal opportunity to review the aims and objectives of the Panel in the light of evolving international changes in the regulatory procedures governing historic vessels. The Panel also reviewed its definition of 'historic & traditional ships' with the aim of better focussing its work. Panel tasks were set for completion in the period before the next formal meeting.
The opportunity to discuss and compare notes informally with colleagues around the world is an important part of an IHTS meeting. The meeting was held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and prior to the lunch break Panel members had a curated tour of Cutty Sark followed by a cafe lunch in the void beneath the ship's keel. The meeting ended with a convivial dinner which gave Panel members, representing ten countries, the opportunity to continue to chat informally.
The Panel will hold its next full meeting in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA, in March 2017.
A report on the 2016 Greenwich meeting will be published shortly.
IHTS MEETS WITH IMO TO DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF A CODE FOR HISTORIC SHIPS
Immediately following the IHTS and ICMM Executive Council meetings in Greenwich in March 2016, a group met with the International Maritime Organisation at its London HQ to discuss co-operation between IMO and ICMM member maritime museums, and the possibility of establishing an IMO Code for Historic Ships. More details of this meeting will be made available shortly.