GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

6 April 2016
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GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

6 April 2016
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2016 GREEN4SEA Forum

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  • The 2016 GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards , a PRO BONO event, successfully concluded on Wednesday 6th  of April 2016 in Eugenides Foundation Athens attracting 950 delegates from 20 countries representing a total of 400 organizations.

    Six panels of 25 global experts focused on green shipping issues and latest developments regarding the Ballast Water Management, Energy Efficiency, MRV Regulation for the shipping emissions and also discussed about the current fuel challenges to meet future requirements and the benefits of using gas as a fuel.


    Speaker presentations of the forum in PDF are available online for GREEN4SEA Digital Subscribers


    Event Timetable
    Welcome Coffee & registration [ 08:00 – 09:00 ]

    Panel # 1 – Green Shipping Perspectives [ 09:00 – 10:00]

    1. Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, GREEN4SEA – Overview of Environmental Challenges

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2. Jan Fransen, Managing Director, Green Award Foundation – Towards Sustainable Shipping

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3. J. (Rob) Witte, Senior Consultant, Traffic & Environment, DGMR – Noise in Ports

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    4. Dr. Panagiotis G. ZacharioudakisManaging Director, Europa Venture  – Shortsea Shipping : The Green Compliance & Financing perspective

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Panel # 2 – Ballast Water Management  [ 10:00 – 11:15]

    1. Alec Kyrle-Pope, Senior Claims Executive, Thomas Miller (Hellas) Ltd. – The Ballast Water Management Convention – The P&I Dimension

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2. Leif Eric Caspersen, International Sales Director ERMA FIRST – BWMC ratification & USCG Type Approval

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3. Katie Weaver, Technical Sales Manager, Ecochlor – Towards USCG Type Approval

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    4. Paul Jinhwa Kim, International Sales & Marketing Manager, Europe, PANASIA – A study for higher disinfection efficacy of Ultra Violet technology

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    5. Craig Patrick, General Manager – Sales, Wartsila Environmental services – Ballast Retrofit: the Engineering Challenge

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Coffee Break [ 11:15 – 11:45 ]

    Panel # 3 – Energy Efficiency [ 11:45 – 12:45]

    1. Zois Dagkaris, Head of Fleet Energy Management, EURONAV Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd. – Energy Efficiency Initiatives

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2. Serafeim Katsikas, CTO, LAROS – The key role of Information Intelligence towards  Greener Vessels Operation

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3. Konstantinos Kanellakis, Marine & Shore Connection Business Development, Schneider Electric – Smart panels and energy audits: Optimize the electrical consumption of a vessel

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    4. Dimitrios V. Lyridis, Associate Professor, School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, NTUA – Electrification of ships and ports

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Panel # 4 – Emissions MRV [ 12:45 – 14:00]

    1. Julien Dufour, CEO, VERIFAVIA & VERIFAVIA SHIPPING – EU Shipping MRV Regulation: A status update

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2. Anastasia Kouvertari, Senior Environmental Business Development Specialist, Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A.  LR – Understanding MRV

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3. Stamatis Fradelos, Principal Engineer, ABS – EU MRV Future Challenges

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    4. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management – The ship manager perspective towards EU MRV and future MBMs

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    5. Sotiris Raptis, Policy Officer, Transport & Environment – EU & IMO post-MRV developments

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Lunch Break [ 14:00 – 15:00 ]

    Panel # 5 –Current fuel challenges to meet future requirements [ 15:00 – 16:10]

    1. Marco Dierico, Business Development Manager Europe DuPont – Full operational flexibility with the most affordable fuel oil

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2. Nicholas Confuorto, President & COO, CR Ocean Engineering LLC – ECA Requirements and the choices we make

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3. Andrea Carli, Sales and Marketing Manager, Air life SRL – Using Selective Catalytic Reduction to comply with NOX Tier III

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    4. Dimitrios Tsalapatis, Director, COSTAMARE Shipping Company S.A. – NOX Tier III Considerations from the ship manager perspective

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Panel # 6 – Gas as a fuel [ 16:10 – 17:20 ]

    1. George Dimopoulos, Principal Research Engineer, DNV GL Maritime – Developing & Operating Better LNG Ships

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2. Antonis Trakakis, Technical Manager, Arista Shipping – Ship Manager Considerations for a practical LNG Bulk Carrier Design

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3. John Kokarakis, VP Technology & Business Development, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division – Green FSRU for the future

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    GREEN4SEA Awards Ceremony [ 17:20 – 17:45 ]
    Cocktail Reception   [17:45 – 19:00]


    Speaker presentations of the forum in PDF are available online for GREEN4SEA Digital Subscribers


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  • Panel No. 1 – Green Shipping Perspectives

    Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, GREEN4SEA

    Belokas_Apostolos Belokas is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than 20 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent and Consultant. He entered the industry back in 1992 as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers and later shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE issues as superintendent and later as a Consultant and Trainer.

    Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 5,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA), all of them awarded with distinction.

    Apostolos is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE & SQE ACADEMY and he is also the Founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA and GREEN4SEA.

    Jan Fransen, Managing Director, Green Award Foundation

    Jan FransenJan Fransen, Managing Director of Green Award, was involved with the set-up of the Green Award scheme in the early nineties when he served the Foundation as a Certification Manager. From 2001 he took on the position of Deputy Managing Director and in April 2005 he was appointed the Managing Director. His previous positions include Nautical Officer and several positions at the Dutch Ministry of Transport and the Port of Rotterdam.

    Jan can be seen as the ‘expedition leader’ of Green Award. In the past 15 years he, supported by the Committee and the Board of Experts, faced several challenges related to staff & finance, development of requirements and growth of number of ships. He visits ports and port authorities, embassies, ministries and certificate holders in order to inform them about the Green Award Foundation and establish relations.

    In the opinion of Jan Fransen, schemes like Green Award contribute to motivation and differentiation in Quality Shipping. The market mechanism created by Green Award will result in a preference for Quality Tonnage on the charter market and elimination of substandard tonnage. Sustainable developments in maritime transport will be achieved.

    J. (Rob) Witte, Senior Consultant, Traffic & Environment, DGMR

    Witte_Rob Witte, born 1958, has earned his master at the Delft University of Technology, studying acoustics. Directly after, he started his career for DGMR. His work consists of many all-round environmental projects but his main focus is on port noise. He and his team advises the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam and many companies like container terminals (a.o. ECT, RWG)  and chemical industry (a.o. DOW, TRN , BP) and RoRo terminals (a.o. Stenaline, C.Ro). Furthermore Rob was a member of the team that renewed the Dutch noise calculating scheme for industrial noise, was project leader in the European research project on industrial noise called IMAGINE and is part of the follow up called CNOSSOS. Especially port related issues and noise were addressed in the NoMEPorts (2008) research project with Rob as technical advisor.

    Dr. Panagiotis G. Zacharioudakis, Managing Director, OceanFinance Ltd

    Zacharioudakis_Dr. Panayotis G. Zacharioudakis has a 10-year experience as the Managing Director of OceanFinance Ltd., a marine intelligence consulting firm active in Financial and Environmental Engineering specializing in the Shipping Market. He has participated in a wide number of private and EU-funded projects in the fields of Finance, Transportation and Energy. His active entrepreneurial spirit lead to creation of Europa Venture in 2015, a private entity that focuses on financing European shipping projects.

    He holds a doctoral degree in the fields of Shipping Modelling and Investment Evaluation. He also holds a MSc in Shipping, World Trade & Transport (NAME) from the University of the Aegean (2000-’02), a MSc in Marine Science & Technology from the NTUA (1998- ’00), while his Diploma was in Chemical Engineering from NTUA (1992-’98).

    Panayotis has also lectured Maritime Economics, Logistics, Shipping Finance and Transportation Systems in the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in NTUA and in the Department of Shipping in the University of Piraeus.


    Panel No. 2 – Ballast Water Management

    Alec Kyrle-Pope , Senior Claims Executive, Thomas Miller (Hellas) Ltd

    Pope_Alec joined Thomas Miller in November 2010 having completed an LLM in Maritime & Commercial law and, prior to law school, studied Economics & Spanish. In London, he worked with a wide variety of EU and Swiss based Members, ranging from conventional Owners through to large Charterers and trading houses, handling all types of P&I and FDD related matters. He has extensive experience handling issues concerning the shipment of agricultural commodities as well as a strong background and interest in wet shipping disputes & casualty work. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and holds various grain trade qualifications. He is a regular presenter at seminars and has spoken on a range of P&I topics at a number of industry events and courses. Alec joined Thomas Miller Hellas in November 2014.

    Leif Eric Caspersen, International Sales Director ERMA FIRST

    Leif Eric)Leif Erik Caspersen is the International Sales Director of ERMA FIRST. He is specialized in Business to Business marketing and industrial sales. He has worked for several years in marketing and selling products to the offshore and land based industry. During the past 20 years he has been actively involved in the marine pints and coating business . He acted as the Vice President and Chairman of Jak. J. Alveberg AS, one of the oldest paint companies in Norway, promoting specialized coatings designed for refurbishing of ballast tanks on older ships, among many other applications . As the Managing Director in Orca Maritime AS, a company specialized in innovative and long lasting solutions for corrosion protection , he succeed in introducing products for offshore installations, hull and superstructures on ships. Since 2006 , he has been actively involved in the ballast water treatment industry promoting systems all over the world. Since 2014 , he joined the ERMA FIRST team, leading the international sales division.

    Katie Weaver, Technical Sales Manager, Ecochlor

    Weaver_Katie Weaver joined Ecochlor in 2014 as the Technical Sales Manager.  She has 12 years of experience in environmental science working in ecological research; environmental remediation; and, human health and ecological risk assessment. In this capacity Ms. Weaver has performed environmental sampling, reviewed laboratory data, and managed environmental remediation projects.  Prior to Ecochlor, she served as a human health risk assessor, quantifying the effects of environmental contaminants on human health.  Ms. Weaver holds a B.A. in Biology from Bucknell University.

    Paul Jinhwa Kim, International Sales & Marketing Manager, Europe, PANASIA

    Paul Jinhwa Kim_Paul Jinhwa Kim is the manager for International Sales and Marketing Division of PANASIA especially for Europe, mainly involved in marketing strategy. He joined PANASIA in 2014 after several year experiences in marine equipment business. He is an affiliated researcher for international regulations set by IMO & USCG on Ballast Water Management System. His role includes providing decision making support to customers with respect to Ballast Water Management System with a holistic view.


    Craig Patrick, General Manager – Sales, Wartsila Environmental services

    Patrick_Since joining Wartsila in early 2015, Craig has been responsible for developing Wartsila’s BWMS retrofit sales strategy. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer from Glasgow , Craigs career started as a design engineer with the Military Shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft , and went on to hold a number of engineering and project management positions. Craig then moved and held  senior sales positons with a number shipbuilding and defence businesses before joining Finning UK as Business Unit manager (Marine), the Caterpillar dealer business covering UK and Ireland. Following 5 years of progressive growth, Craig joined Wartsilas Environmental team to grow and develop the exciting engineering challenges in Ballast Water treatment


    Panel No. 3 – Energy Efficiency

    Zois Dagkaris, Head of Fleet Energy Management, EURONAV Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd

    Dagkaris_Zois Dagkaris has been working for Euronav for the past 9 years; for the last two years he is responsible for the Energy Management & vessel’s related upgrades for Euronav’s fleet. Prior to his present position, Zois served as Technical Superintendent and later as Sr. Project Engineer for Offshore Projects (FSO Conversions and Technical Tenders). He has also worked in Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems in Naval and Defense projects for 8 years prior joining Euronav. He holds a Master degree on Mechanical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration from Piraeus University.

    Serafeim Katsikas, CTO, LAROS

    Katsikas_Serafeim Katsikas is Electrical Engineer, CTO of LAROS and member of the Board of Prisma Electronics SA, Co-founder and CTO of NOMIA SA, Co-founder of KNOSYS SA (USA), Board member of the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers and Exporters (HEMEXPO), Member of the Board of the Hellenic Semiconductor Industry Association (HSIA – ENEBH). In my twenty years of business I have been involved in the design and development of electronic and software products in various technological fields, such as industrial automation, medical equipment, wireless communications, defense equipment, specific scientific and space applications. I have also been very active in collaborative research programs, international conferences and clusters. The last five years I am focused on developing of systems and methodologies to apply new technologies like Big Data Analytics, IoT, Environmental Protection and Green Energy in the field of Maritime and Waterborne transportation.

    Konstantinos Kanellakis, Marine & Shore Connection Business Development, Schneider Electric

    KanellakisKonstantinos Kanellakis has been working for Schneider Electric for the past 9 years and is responsible for the marine and shore connection business development of Schneider Electric in Greece. In the past he has also worked as Group Product Manager and product application engineer for a wide range of industrial products. He has extensive experience on energy efficiency solutions for marine applications, with installation of automation systems and variable speed drives on many vessels. He holds a degree on Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master in Business Administration from Athens University of Economics and Business

    Dimitrios V. Lyridis, Associate Professor, School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, NTUA

    Lyridis_Dimitrios V. Lyridis is an Associate Professor in the area of Maritime Transport in the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NA&ME) at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and Head of the Laboratory for Maritime Transport of the School. He has a Diploma (1987) in NA&ME from NTUA (1987), an M.S. (1990) in NA&ME (Marine Systems Management) from the University of Michigan (UM), an M.S.E. (1990) in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from UM, and a Ph.D. (1990) in NA&ME from UM as well. After finishing his graduate studies, Dr. Lyridis worked in various positions and disciplines; he was involved in various projects in economics, transport, safety, and telematics; he provided management, administrative, and research support in a large number of research projects in maritime transport; he participated in a large number of transportation and economics related projects co-funded by the European Commission in the area of transportation policy and research; he undertook a large number of applied commercial projects in the areas of restructuring, marketing, business and operational planning of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) in Greece and in the EU as well as in developing countries (with emphasis on the Balkans, the Near East, and the former Soviet Republics). Specifically, in his previous position as Assistant Manager of the Business Development Department of LDK Consultants, he was responsible for the Small and Medium Enterprises sector and he was responsible for a series of projects in East European, former Soviet Republics, Near East and North African countries concerning, business planning, enterprise restructuring, and business development funded by the private sector, the EU and the World Bank. Currently, his main scientific areas of interest are maritime transport and logistics, shipping finance, safety, security, and environmental protection. He is member of various scientific and professional societies in Greece and abroad including the the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA), the International Association of Maritime Economists, and the Technical Chamber of Greece for which he is also member of one of its scientific committees. He is the Secretary of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists and Member of the Hellenic Committee of the Korean Register of Shipping. Apart from his Greek mother tongue, he is fluent in English and French and speaks also Italian and German.


    Panel No. 4 – Emissions MRV

    Julien Dufour, CEO, VERIFAVIA & VERIFAVIA SHIPPING Verifavia Shipping

    Dufour_Julien is a transport and environmental expert, verifier, researcher, speaker and moderator, with 20 years experience in the transport sector and 7 years experience in carbon emissions monitoring, reporting and verification. He is the Founder and CEO of Verifavia and Verifavia Shipping, the worldwide independent accredited carbon emissions verification bodies for aviation and maritime transport. Verifavia Shipping provides carbon emissions verification guidance and services that enable shipping companies to navigate the requirements of the EU Shipping Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation efficiently and effectively. By invitation of the European Commission, Julien is an active member of the ‘Shipping MRV group of experts on verification and accreditation’ under the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF). Julien holds a Masters in International Management from the ESCP Europe business school.

    Anastasia Kouvertari, Senior Environmental Business Development Specialist, Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A.

    Kouvertari_Anastasia Kouvertari holds an academic degree from Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences in the field of International and European Studies. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she obtained an MSc in Environment and Development from London School of Economics. In 2004 she joined the Lloyd’s Register Group and worked as part of the Business team in the Piraeus office. Currently she holds the position of Senior Environmental Business Development Specialist in the Marine Fuels & Environment Department in Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A. Anastasia has completed an Internship at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Directorate for UN and other International Specialised Organisations and had been an associate for a number of years in MEPIELAN (Mediterranean Programme in Environmental Law and Negotiations). Part of her role had been the translation into Greek of the Barcelona Convention(1976) and its seven Protocols on the addressing specific aspects of Mediterranean environmental conservation. Under her current role, Anastasia is responsible for LR’s core environmental Notations assigned to ships and for providing sound regulatory advice and training in her environmental discipline to clients in the maritime sector.

    Stamatis Fradelos, Principal Engineer ABS – EU MRV Future Challenges

    Fradelos_Stamatis Fradelos is Principal Engineer in the Operational Environmental Performance (OEP) department of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The OEP department provides technical support on energy efficiency, vessel performance and environmental matters.

    Prior to joining ABS, Stamatis worked as a marine field surveyor for five years at the Hellenic Register of Shipping and spent six years at Lloyd’s Register as a Plan Approval Surveyor.

    Stamatis has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (NTUA), a M.Sc. in Marine Technology and Science (NTUA) and a M.Sc. in Engineering – Economic Systems (NTUA, UoA, UoP).

    Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management


    Panos Zachariadis is Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd since 1997. From 1984 to 1997 he was Marine Superintendent in the company’s New York office. His shipping experience spans diverse areas including sea service in bulk carriers and oil tankers, dry dock repairs, new building supervision and specifications, ship operations and chartering. He holds a MSE degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has been attending IMO since 2004 as a member of the Greek delegation. He was extensively involved with IMO’s Goal Based Standards and the Greek study which reversed the IMO decision to make double hull bulk carriers mandatory. He was also instrumental in developing the new IMO coating standard (PSPC) for all ships’ ballast tanks. Currently he is involved in the new IMO environmental regulations for ships. He has written numerous technical guides, papers and articles and has been awarded the 2011 Efkranti Shipping Personality award for promoting Greek Shipping internationally. Member of Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and UGS technical committees, BIMCO Marine Committee, ABS European Technical Committee, BOD HELMEPA and MARTECMA.

    Sotiris Raptis, Policy Officer, Transport & Environment

    Sotiris RaptisSotiris joined T&E in July 2014 after 6 years in the European Parliament. He worked as a Policy Advisor on Transport, Climate Change and Environment for MEP Kriton Arsenis,  some of his key files being CO2 emissions of the shipping sector, biofuels and indirect land-use change, as well as the revision of Water Framework directive and Environmental Impact Assessment directive. A qualified lawyer, Sotiris hails from northern Greece and speaks Greek and English. He studied at the University of Thessaloniki School of Law, the University of Athens School of Law as well as at the King’s College London Centre of European Law. Sotiris was awarded European Citizens’ Prize 2008 of the European Parliament as member of “G700” blog for promoting intergenerational justice. He is part of the aviation and shipping team at T&E and is responsible for the cleaner shipping campaign. He loves good food and reading and his passions include politics and hiking.

    Panel No. 5 –Current fuel challenges to meet future requirements

    Marco Dierico, Business Development Manager Europe DuPont

    DiericoMarco is the business development manager Europe for DuPont Marine business, mainly involved in promoting the exhaust gas cleaning systems business. He joined DuPont in 2014 after a seven year experience in the most relevant Italian shipbuilding group: Fincantieri S.p.a. He spent 6 years in the basic design department for cruise and ferries taking care of several aspects of a ship design, from stability calculation, weight evaluation to the technical specifications. Most recently he spent a year in the engineering department for the machinery systems and he was in charge of a project for the integration of the B.A.T for DeSox and DeNox on board of cruise ships. He serves customers around Europe (with a special focus on Greek and Italian territory) and offers his experience to prepare tailored technical proposals for the passengers and cargo market (dry & wet), newbuildings and retrofits applications. He holds a marine engineering degree from the University of Trieste and a maritime science diploma. Passionate about new technologies applied to the marine industry.

    Nicholas Confuorto, President & COO – CR Ocean Engineering LLC

    Confuorto_Nicholas Confuorto (Nick) is the President and Chief Operations Officer for CR Ocean Engineering LLC. In his present role Nick is responsible day to day activities and strategic initiatives for this exciting business entity. CR Ocean Engineering specializes in the design and supply of scrubbing systems for marine and offshore applications. Nick is also a founding member and the Chairman of the London based EGCSA (Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association). Since receiving his engineering degree from Columbia University in 1976, Nick focused his career in the field of environmental controls and has worked for some of the most respected corporate names in the air pollution controls industry. Drawing on more than 39 years of consulting, engineering, project management, purchasing, sales, marketing and research & development experience, Nick advices potential marine industry clients on the best approach and the best technology to be used for achieving the best results. Prior to his present position, Nick held executive roles in Sales/Marketing, Operations, Engineering, Research & Development, Purchasing, Project Management and Subcontracting. Nick has authored many technical papers, magazine articles and books on the reduction of pollutants from various industries.

    Andrea Carli, Sales and Marketing Manager Air life SRL

    Carli_Mr. Andrea Carli, born in 1969, has graduated in Chemical Engineering at Bologna Univerysity (Italy), and he’s also taken a Master in Environmental Chemical Engineering by the same University in 1994.

    Since he started the professional career, he has taken job positions on Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) companies, mainly active on Emission Control Environmental Technologies and on Oil & Gas Industry.

    After 15 years of international experience as Process Engineer, Proposal Engineer, Proposal & Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, he has created the company AirLife Srl in 2008, with the main purpose to provide clients with innovative, tailor-made and fully reliable technical solutions for their emission control needs.

    Together with his active role as Sales & Marketing Director in AirLife, he’s also working as private consultants for several important industrial clients worldwide.

    Dimitrios Tsalapatis, Director, COSTAMARE Shipping Company S.A.


    • Born In Athens,
    • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern Denmark 1971.
    • 1971-1979 B&W Diesel Denmark,   R&D,  Turbocharger department
    • 1979-1988 MAN B&W Diesel R&D Denmark,,  Turbocharging department- manager
    • 1988-2002 MAN B&W Diesel, R&D Denmark,  process development department- senior manager
    • Innovating various design applications improving the thermal efficiency of the two stroke engine companying the high efficiency of turbochargers with WHR systems.
    • 2002-2006 MAN B&W Diesel Denmark,, Customer Support and Research-director
    • 2006- COSTAMARE SHIPPING COMPANY   Technical director
    • Engaged in energy savings improvements initiate and implemented on the entire and future fleet of the company.


    Panel No. 6 – Gas as a fuel

    Victor Alessandrini , Business Development Manager GTT

    Alessandrini_Victor Alessandrini, a graduate in Civil Engineering started work in 1989 as a structural offshore platform engineer in Technip Paris offices and worked on large size projects for major clients in the North Sea ending with responsibilities such as Lead Discipline. During this period he had the opportunity to be located in construction yards in Korea and Scotland. In 1998 he moved to a Project Management position where he was entrusted with increasing responsibilities through large size projects for major clients in West Africa and the Caspian Sea. In 2005 he moved to a Product Business Line position and then from late 2007 to late 2013 he had Business Development & Sales responsibility within the Offshore Business Unit supporting Special Projects & FLNG activities worldwide. He joined early 2014 GTT to integrate Business Development team with key geographical focus on China, Korea, Greece and FLNG product.

    George Dimopoulos, Principal Research Engineer, DNV GL Maritime DNV GL

    Dimopoulos_George Dimopoulos is a Naval Architect & Marine Engineer, holding a PhD in Marine Engineering from NTUA. His field of expertise is the modelling and optimization of complex ship machinery systems. His professional experience, both in the academia and in DNVGL’s R&D units, is in the application of computer and process modelling techniques and advanced thermodynamic analysis methodologies in order to optimize ship systems for improved performance, safety, fuel savings, emissions reductions and cost-effectiveness. He is lead researcher or project manager in various R&D and commercial projects fusing forefront research methods and new technologies with the modern shipping industry environment. As a researcher, he has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in scientific conferences and journals.

    Antonis Trakakis, Technical Manager, Arista Shipping

    Trakakis_Antonis Trakakis has graduated from Mechanical Engineering dept of NTUA and carried out graduate studies at von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in the field of Turbomachinery. Currently he holds the position of Technical Manager at Arista Shipping where he joined in 2010.  As Technical and Environmental Manager of Superfast Ferries he has successfully addressed all issues relevant to operation of ships in sensitive areas like the Baltic sea. Antonis has worked with all kinds of internal combustion engines, ranging from gas turbines, to all sizes of four stroke, and two stroke engines, and one of his special concerns has been the formation and control of emissions, and engine efficiency.

    John Kokarakis, VP Technology & Business Development, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division

    KokarakisJohn Emmanuel Kokarakis, a 1979 graduate of National Technical University of Athens, holds PhD (1986) and Master’s degrees in Naval Architecture (1983) and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (1984) from the University of Michigan. He worked for over ten years as a consultant undertaking technical problems worldwide.

    His specialization was in the area of technical investigation and analysis of marine accidents. In that capacity he participated in the technical investigation of the Exxon Valdez grounding, capsize of drillship Seacrest, Piper Alpha fire and explosion, Aleutian Enterprise foundering in Alaska as well as many other accidents of less notoriety.

    The last fourteen years he works in Greece, in the area of classification. He has served at American Bureau of Shipping and Germanischer Lloyd. He worked in plan approval, rule development and implementation of environmental regulations.  He is currently Vice President of Technology and Business Development of Marine Hellenic, Black Sea & Middle East Zone at Bureau Veritas. In his duties Dr. Kokarakis is responsible for the smooth technical operation in the Zone as well as in the harmonic cooperation with the BV offices worldwide to the benefit of the BV clients.

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    Ecochlor holds a unique position in the shipping industry as the only company utilizing chlorine dioxide (ClO2) treatment technology for ballast water because it is patented by Ecochlor. The ballast water treatment system (BWTS) uses a two-step process to treat ballast water – filtration followed by disinfection with the well-known biocide, chlorine dioxide. The system’s effectiveness is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, and vibration, which can impact other treatment options. Furthermore, the small size, low power, and low maintenance characteristics of the Ecochlor system make it ideally suited for installation on the world’s largest ships.

    In March, Ecochlor® BWTS hopes to completed testing for USCG Type Approval. After review by the independent lab (IL), a Letter of Recommendation will be sent to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Ecochlor team will prepare and submit a USCG Type Approval application.



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    PANASIA is headquartered in the city of Busan, South Korea and was established under the motto, “PANASIA origin technology guarantees international competitiveness in shipbuilding industries.” As a frontier in Ballast Water Treatment System industry, over 200 patents have been invented only for the system, thereby leapfrogging sales records and forging closer relationships with customers. As the leading beacon in this field, PANASIA established Individual Corporation “PANASIA E&S” (Engineering and Service) with which all puzzles for retrofit can be resolved at once. PANASIA and PANASIA E&S retrofit customers satisfactory.



    Schneider Electric

    Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€27 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.



    Verifavia Shipping

    Verifavia Shipping provides carbon emissions verification guidance and services that enable shipping companies to navigate the requirements of the EU Shipping Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation efficiently and effectively. By invitation of the European Commission, Julien is an active member of the ‘Shipping MRV group of experts on verification and accreditation‘ under the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF).





    ABS, a leading international classification society, is guided by its mission to promote security of life, property and the natural environment. ABS has a long and proud association with the Greek ship owning community and continues to support its current fleet and future fleet development. As the Greek fleet has expanded and diversified, ABS has continued to expand and develop its services to Greek ship owners. ABS is a technical partner providing traditional classification services as well as on-the-ground technical services in asset performance, energy efficiency, environmental performance and lifecycle management. Delivering practical and innovative solutions, ABS supports the Greek shipping industry in meeting today’s demands as well as future challenges. Greek shipping operations are supported through the local Athens office as well as a global network of surveyors, engineers, researchers and regulatory specialists who work in more than 200 offices in 70 countries around the world







    ALBA was founded in 1992, through a joint initiative of the Federation of Greek Industries , the leading Employers’ Union in Greece, and the Hellenic Management Association ; both the preparation for the creation of ALBA and its operations until the end of 1993 were funded by the European Commission and by contributions offered by its Corporate Members. In February 1995, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined the Federation of Greek Industries and the Hellenic Management Association to become the third collective body of Greek businesses under whose auspices ALBA now operates. Since the end of December 2011, ALBA Graduate Business School and The American College of Greece (ACG) have formed a strategic alliance aiming to create a top international educational institution in Greece. Europe’s largest and most historic American college and Greece’s most prestigious graduate business school combined their strengths to pursue an ambitious growth strategy that will further consolidate their leadership positions. By joining forces, the two institutions will also become more competitive internationally and contribute to making Greece an international educational destination.



    Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd

    ARCADIA Shipmanagement provides safe and reliable transportation of oil by sea, through a modern fleet, setting top objectives for Safety, Quality and Environmental protection. To achieve these, Arcadia is dedicated to develop and sustain a strong working relationship with all parties involved in International oil trade, based upon mutual trust and reliability.

    Safety is enhanced by establishing a risk assessment system for hazard identification, risk management and control, adressing guidance for the prevention of errors, hazardous situations and incidents, through reporting and investigation procedures and providing training of personnel at Company’s in-house maritime training centre and by attending externally provided courses.

    Quality is maintained by undertaking auditing and evaluation process, with commitment towards the continual improvement of HSQE performance, through setting and measuring various Key Performance Indicators, analysing N/C reports, reviewing findings from internal audits ashore and onboard.

    The Environment is protected by preserving and whenever possible, further reducing the burden on the environment by setting and achieving tougher voluntary standards, such as Green Award. Moreover, by aiming for the reduction of identified environmental impacts of Company activities to air, sea and land, to the possible extend and seeking to conserve energy and materials, through recycling and waste reduction programs.



    Bureau Veritas

    Bureau Veritas is a world leader in classification, certification, and laboratory testing & inspection services. Established in 1828, the Group nowadays employees more than 66,000 experts in about 1,400 offices and laboratories worldwide, assisting its 400,000 clients to improve their performance by offering innovative services in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet applicable standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility, both land based and off-shore, with a coherent Network of 2,300 highly qualified marine surveyors, specialised in safety, security & environmental protection related rules and standards, which operates in 180 survey stations covering 90 countries. Bureau Veritas develops R&D programmes with a high level of expertise in hydro-structure (hydrodynamic simulations and virtual tank tests), risk management (simulation, risk-based rules, alternative designs) and digital transformation (monitoring, embedded SW, big data processing).




    Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) currently operates a fleet of 67 vessels including 49 tankers (6 VLCCs, 5 Suezmaxes, 8 Aframax, 29 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker), 3 modern bulk carriers (1 Capesize) and 15 container carriers. The fleet under management includes the vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P. Capital has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes including tanker vessels (VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax/LR2, Panamax/LR1, MR/Handy and small tankers), dry bulk vessels (Cape, Panamax, Handymax and Handy), as well as OBOs and container vessels ranging from 1,700 to 9,500 TEU.


    CR Ocean

    CR Ocean Engineering, LLC (also known as CROE) is a leading maritime exhaust gas scrubbing systems supplier.  With roots dating back to 1917 and experience which includes more than 24,000 landbased scrubbers, CROE is one of the most respected and experienced air pollution control companies in the world. The CROE system is designed to be lightweight, has a small diameter, and is highly efficient and cost effective. Has low backpressure, all metallic construction, requires no bypass, replaces the silencer and can run dry. A washwater system is also provided as part of the package. The CROE Scrubbing System is available in Open Loop (Seawater), Closed Loop (Freshwater) or Hybrid configurations (able to switch from one configuration to the other on demand).  With the CROE Caustic Assist™ feature, ships can operate in open loop mode even when the alkalinity and salinity is very low.   The CROE scrubbing system is presently installed on various ships including bulk carriers, RoRo, Ro-Pax, cruise ship and others. Installing the CROE scrubbers and using the lower cost fuel can make a significant difference in a shipping company’s competitiveness. 



    DNV GL

    Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas, and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.

    Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight. With our origins stretching back to 1864, our reach today is global. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

    DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges.



    Dorian LPG

    Dorian LPG is a pure-play LPG shipping company and a leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG currently has four modern VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel on the water. Dorian LPG has 18 ECO VLGC newbuildings due for delivery in 2014, 2015 and 2016 from HHI and Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering Ltd., including the 13 that it acquired from Scorpio Tankers. Dorian LPG has offices in Connecticut, London, and Piraeus.Dorian LPG is incorporated in the Republic of The Marshall Islands.



    Du Pont

    DuPont Businesses Solve Food, Energy and Protection Challenges. DuPont tackles some of the world’s biggest challenges by creating real-world solutions that help make people’s lives better, safer and healthier.Our businesses provide essential, practical solutions for our customers—from products that contribute to protecting the lives of soldiers and law enforcement officers, to solar technology harnessing the natural power of the sun, to helping farmers yield healthier crops. DuPont products continue to change the world in which we live, and we’ve been doing so for more than two centuries.







    GTT is the world leader in containment systems for the transport and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in cryogenic conditions. The company provides engineering, services, consultancy, trainings, support, maintenance and technical studies.

    Working all around the world in partnership with the main shipyards and shipowners, GTT operates in several sectors: LNG Carriers and Very Large Ethane Carriers, Multi-gas carriers, Floating LNG units, Floating Storage and Regasification units, onshore storage tanks and bunkering.

    Its expertise and ability to innovate to meet customer requirements and international regulations allow GTT to propose solutions for the whole LNG chain, including LNG use as a fuel for commercial vessels, and distribution by feeder or barge.

    Website :



    KYKLADES MARITIME CORPORATION has been established in 1985 and operates from its premises in Neon Faliron, Greece. Maritime tradition, ships highest standards personnel professionalism and effectiveness are the main characteristics and a continuous objective for «KYKLADES». The reputation of the Company is of the highest standard in the shipping industry worldwide and has led to trading with the Major Oil Companies. A relationship which has resulted in cost effectiveness, uninterrupted employment and profitability.




    LAROS is a platform providing Shipping Companies Information Intelligence to: Gain the trust of the Market and the Stakeholders; Increase the Operational Efficience; Control the Operational Expenses; Ensure Environmental Compliance; Improve Safety & Performance

    On a holistic approach of data collection, LAROS interconnects with any subsystem on vessel through wireless intelligent sensors. Data is immediately transmitted to the central datacenter for remote monitoring, maintenance and performance analysis of ships

    Laros is part of Prisma Electronics Group, a CERN award winning Company with 23 years of experience in ICT and Electronics for defense, space and enterprise software, employing more than 65 people. The Company has established presence in Greece, UK and USA.



    Lloyd’s Register

    LR is a company limited by shares, called Lloyd’s Register Group Limited; we are the operating company of the Lloyd’s Register organisation. The shares in Lloyd’s Register Group Limited are owned by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a registered charity.




    RISK4SEA objective is to foster Safety and Environmental Excellence by minimizing inspection risk and enhancing the quality and reputation of any ship or operator. We will gather, assess and analyse information available from various sources to provide the necessary insight and analytics in order to prepare company and ships for port calls.




    SEAMAR MANAGEMENT S.A. of Panama, Company thereafter, is a Shipping Company incorporated in May 2007 and operating under Greek Government Law 89 27/1975 from their offices in Athens (90 Kifisias Ave, Marousi – Athens, Greece)  up to this day.  The Managing Director of the company, Fotis Doussopoulos, has been in the dry bulk trade for 30 years, mainly involved as cargo/vessels operator.  Seamar Management is proud of it’s man power as the Company’s management and staff is comprised by a group of exceptional marine professionals with extensive and qualifications and experience in the fields of technical management of the Shipping Industry.




    SQE ACADEMY is the dedicated Training Provider of the SQE Group. Mission of SQE ACADEMY is to provide Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Training, operating a DNV-GL Certified Training Center and a LLOYDS ISO 9001 certified management syste

    Offering at a glance:

    • 45+ Safety, Quality & Environmental related courses
    • Open Courses, In House Courses, Distance & E-learning
    • 10,000 plus Training Delegates




    Transmar is a long-established traditional shipping Company, founded by George A. Kavoukas in 1972. In 1988 Mrs. Margarita Kavouka took over the Company after the sudden death of her husband, and in the late 90s her two sons Athanasios and Nikolaos joined the Company. The Company is focusing on the dry bulk handy-max sector with Quality, Safety and Accuracy being the operating cornerstones. Transmar is currently oriented in managing a small fleet of handy-max vessels investigating expansion paths as well.



    UK P&I Club

    The UK P&I Club is one of the oldest P&I clubs in the world. It provides Protection and Indemnity insurance in respect of third party liabilities and expenses arising from owning ships or operating ships as principals. One of the largest mutual marine protection and indemnity organisations it insures over 200 million tonnes of owned and chartered ships from more than fifty countries across the globe.




    Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the operations of our customers. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world.

     In recognising that no one solution will be suitable across all ship types, sizes and environmental conditions Wärtsilä uniquely offers a range of ballast water management systems to meet the specific requirements of individual owners and their vessels.

     Wärtsilä AQUARIUS® UV and AQUARIUS® EC (electro chlorination) BWMS are compliant, robust and reliable – ensuring risk free operation for the lifecycle of any vessel. Our broad technology choice, coupled with a full spectrum of services from the supply of equipment to retrofit solutions, all with through life technical and service support on a global basis.



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  • 2016 GREEN4SEA successfully concluded on 6th   April

    The 2016 GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards , a PRO BONO event, successfully concluded on Wednesday 6th  of April 2016 in Eugenides Foundation Athens attracting 950 delegates from 20 countries representing a total of 400 organizations.

    Six panels of 25 global experts focused on green shipping issues and latest developments regarding the Ballast Water Management, Energy Efficiency, MRV Regulation for the shipping emissions and also discussed about the current fuel challenges to meet future requirements and the benefits of using gas as a fuel.

    The event organized by SQEMARINE and sponsored by Ecochlor, ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering, Panasia Co Ltd, Schneider Electric, Verifavia Shipping as the lead sponsors and SKAI in the media for the event coverage. Other sponsors included:  ABS, AirLife, ALBA Graduate Business School, Arcadia Shipmanagement, Bureau Veritas, Capital Ship Management Corp, CR Ocean Engineering, DNV GL, Dorian LPG, Du Pont, EPE, GTT, Kyklades Maritime Corporation, LAROS, Lloyd’s Register, RISK4SEA, Seamar Management, SQE Academy, Transmar Shipping, UK P&I Club and Wärtsilä

    The event supported by the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies, Chios Marine Club, ECOMASYN, EENMA, EΛΙΝΤ, Hellenic Shipbrokers Association, HEMEXPO, Piraeus Marine Club, University of the Aegean, WIMA, WISTA Hellas and Yacht Club of Greece.


    The inaugural presentation of the GREEN4SEA Awards took place at the closing of the forum within the scope of awarding industry’s green outstanding practices for Initiative, Excellence and Technology. The winners of the 2016 GREEN4SEA Awards are:

    Capital Shipmanagement Corp received the GREEN4SEA Excellence Award for demonstrating environmental excellence and performance above average. Capital Ship Management distinguished for her strategy with a focus on environmental performance. The company has also launched a joint project with LR and DSME to examine LNG as a fuel and its use on an ultra-large containership design. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Antipollution, Blue Water, Marstal Navigationsskole and Panos Zachariadis.

    Green Award Foundation received the GREEN4SEA Initiative Award for its contribution in initiatives fostering environmental sustainability for the shipping industry. In specific, Green Award Foundation provided incentives to attract quality and green ships by its Green Award Scheme which certifies ship managers and vessels that go beyond the international conventions and legislation in terms of ship lay-out and equipment, quality of operations and management. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Blue World, International Windship Association, Poseidon Med and Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel.

    ERMA First ESK Engineering received the GREEN4SEA Technology Award for providing significant technological achievement in the industry. ERMA FIRST has offered a new generation ballast water treatment system, the ‘ERMA FIRST FIT’ which uses a 40 microns automatic backwashing screen filter with a significant small footprint and modular design. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Arista & DeltaMarin, Clean Marine, Hullvane and Thordon Bearings

    During his welcome address Apostolos Belokas, Founder and Managing Editor of GREEN4SEA, as the Forum Chairman, outlined the objectives of this PRO BONO event, including fostering Sustainability and promoting Best Practices for a greener shipping industry.

    Presentations were given in six panels as follows:

     Panel No. 1 – Green Shipping Perspectives

    • Apostolos Belokas , Founder & Managing Editor GREEN4SEA opened the conference presenting an ‘’Overview of Environmental Challenges’’ focusing on the uncertainties surrounding the implementation of future legislation on Ballast Water Management, Energy Efficiency, Air Emissions and EU MRV, and current and future fuel options. Given the current state of the market and the future uncertainties he urged the delegated to increase awareness and prepare for the forthcoming developments.
    • Jan Fransen, Green Award Foundation focused on efforts ‘’Towards Sustainable Shipping’. He noted that climate change is a major concern today, however  proper international maritime regulations are developing slowly in order to make shipping safer and cleaner. Therefore, taking responsibility and strong stakeholder collaboration will speed up towards sustainable shipping. Shipping companies are motivated to be proactive by marine service providers and ports that will provide incentives to these shipping companies. He recommended a Joint Maritime Corporate Social Responsibility with Green Award as a platform.         
    • J. (Rob) Witte,  DGMR advised how to reduce  ‘’Noise in Ports’’.  He explained that moored seagoing vessels produce sound that can be perceived as annoying by residents living near harbours. The number of complaints in the Rotterdam Port Area is on average 250/year on this subject. The noise stems from the auxiliary engines, reefers on the decks, etc. Because of the growing awareness on this subject and the difficulties to tackle this problem it is suggested to start an international project to determine the various aspects of noise from moored ships. He said that the aim of the project is to provide more knowledge on noise sources, the effects of it, ways to reduce ship noise and propose a system to be able to judge a ship on the production of noise when moored.
    • Panagiotis G. Zacharioudakis, Europa Venture gave a presentation on ‘’Shortsea Fleet Renewal : The Green Compliance & Financing perspective’’ . He stated that the shipping industry is currently facing a toxic cocktail; the ever increasing need for significant investments on infrastructure and at the same time a constantly dropping route of the prices in the shipping markets. Therefore,  Europa Venture (EV) has been established to act as a multi-financing platform for the green compliance with the EC and IMO regulations. One of the primary roles of EV is to focus on the renewal of Short Sea Fleet of South Europe through a highly innovative project, the so called “EUROPA SHIP” Plan (ESP), developed based on an initiative of the Hellenic Short Sea Ship-owners Association.

    Panel No.2 – Ballast Water Management

    • Alec Kyrle-Pope, Thomas Miller (Hellas) referred to the ‘’Ballast Water Management Convention – The P&I dimension’’.  He provided an overview of recent developments, both IMO and US and an analysis of current regulatory gaps. He discussed the possible scope for third party liabilities and coverage issues to arise. The aim of his presentation was to update industry participants and raise awareness of practical and compliance issues for the coming year and likely ratification of the convention within 2016.
    • Leif Eric  Caspersen, ERMA FIRST gave a presentation on the ‘’BWMC ratification & USCG Type Approval’’. He noted that several makers have already started testing for the USCG Type Approval and got aborted as changes needed to be made to their systems. He said the most common changes are finer filtration, higher oxidant levels for systems using electrolysis and more exposure of UV radiation to the species. The last two, though, will increase the total power consumption. The basic discharge standard is the same for IMO and USCG, but, there are differences in other sectors, such as, in the tests procedures, both for the land tests and the shipboard tests. Also, USCG has a separate test for brackish and fresh water species. The tests require lower salinities than IMO as well as tests in fresh water.
    • Katie Weaver, Ecochlor described the process ‘’Towards USCG Type Approval’’ by using her company’s example. She said that Ecoclor’s BWTS uses a two-step process to treat ballast water – filtration followed by disinfection with the well-known biocide, chlorine dioxide. The system’s effectiveness is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, and vibration, which can impact other treatment options.  In March, Ecochlor BWTS completed testing for USCG Type Approval. After review by the independent lab, a Letter of Recommendation will be sent to the USCG and the Ecochlor team will prepare and submit a USCG Type Approval application.
    • Paul Jinhwa Kim, PANASIA provided an analysis of their ‘’study for higher disinfection efficacy of Ultra Violet technology’’. He explained that PANASIA’s research on higher disinfection efficacy of Ultra Violet unit resulted in the development of MEGA UV unit, the world’s largest UV sterilizing unit made by PANASIA’s in-house technology.
    • Craig  Patrick, Wartsila Environmental services gave a presentation on ‘’Ballast Retrofit: the Engineering Challenge’’. With the market maturing quickly, operational support and operational costs will quickly become a key element of the ballast technology market. He explained how we may ensure certainty over the BWMS Operational Costs. He said that by utilising well proven models including condition monitoring, remote monitoring and performance based support  we may acquire the most effective end to end product for the future of the BWMS market.

    Panel No.3 : Energy Efficiency

    • Zois Dagkaris, EURONAV Ship Management (Hellas) presented ‘’Energy Efficiency Initiatives’’. He stated that fuel efficiency is important to save cost, improve company’s position on the charter market and benefit the environment. Regulation and bunker prices have been always key drivers for energy efficiency. The ship managers have to take decisions on energy and air emission management strategy considering the charter market/operation profile, bunker prices, regulations and new technologies/services. All of these parameters are very unstable and change constantly. Key success factors supporting best decision are testing of pilot measures, transparency/monitoring needed, commitment/capabilities of staff, crew and top management commitment.
    • Serafeim Katsikas, LAROS explained “The key role of Information Intelligence towards Greener Vessels Operation’’. He referred to the Green Vessel Operation which is a concept that includes the implementation of more environmental friendly technologies and the optimization of the vessel efficiency, maintenance and operation. He said the big challenge for the management of a Maritime Company is the transition to the modern ship management in the most optimum way, exploiting the new technologies and advised the implementation of Data Driven Decision Management is a key to succeed it.
    • Konstantinos Kanellakis, Schneider Electric gave a presentation on ‘’Smart panels and energy audits: Optimize the electrical consumption of a vessel’’ in which he covered the energy savings potential for a vessel’s electrical consumption. He referred to the technological tools available today to monitor, analyse data and create reports to help with decision-making on energy efficiency actions. He highlighted how important is to monitor in real time the vessel’s operation to avoid issues which may be critical for the electrical installation and key applications and conclude his presentation by stating the most usual applications on board the vessels, which offer high potential for energy efficiency with a fast return on investment.
    • Dimitrios V. Lyridis, NTUA analysed the issue of ‘’Ships and Ports Electrification’’. He said that both EU and IMO policy in maritime transportation aim at more efficient use of resources, i.e. the development and/or exploitation of energy sources in a way that the environmental impact is minimized or completely eliminated. This is especially important in ports where, for various reasons, emissions (not only greenhouse gases) are more harmful and which, due to the globalization and the evolution of international trade, have become key drivers of the economic development of several countries. But it is also true for vessel routes of very small distances. He explained that the electrification of ports and such vessels answers this problem by encouraging and supporting the investment in science and technology in smart grids and in cold ironing technologies and in electric or hybrid propulsion.

    Panel No.4 : Emissions MRV

    • Julien Dufour, Verifavia Shipping provided an update on ‘’EU Shipping MRV Regulation’’. He reminded  that MRV Regulation 2015/757 came into force on 1st July 2015 and shipping companies operating in the EU have until 2017 to prepare plans to monitor and report their carbon emissions. From 2018 onwards, ships over 5,000 gross tonnage calling at EU ports must collect and submit verified annual data on CO2 emissions. They will also be required to carry a Document of Compliance issued by an accredited MRV verifier.
    • Anastasia Kouvertari, Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A. referred to ‘’LR- Understanding MRV’’ which is a short practical guide to implementing Monitoring, Reporting and Verification. She addressed the main axes of the EU Regulation as well as the areas that remain to be clarified. She discussed both the monitoring and the verification aspect within a pragmatic and practical context that builds upon existing understanding of the shipping industry in the lowest administrative way possible. She said that standard practices on fuel consumption monitoring and alignment with systems like ISO 50001, ISM and SEEMP are key to compliance, overlooking potential future challenges stemming from a global ship GHG data collection scheme.
    • Stamatis Fradelos, ABS gave a presentation on ‘’EU MRV Future Challenges’’. He said that there are various factors that can lead to inaccuracies in fuel measurement and subsequently in emissions reporting inconsistency. Therefore, ship operators would need to undertake due diligence to ensure the highest achievable accuracy and transparency. He advised they would need to take responsibility for the quality assurance of the measurement equipment, the consistency of the measurement methods and the competence of the involved personnel, while ensuring the data are collected, compiled, calculated and stored (data flow) in a transparent way.
    • Panos Zachariadis, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management analysed ‘’The ship manager perspective towards EU MRV and future MBMs’’ . He stated that MRV will be another cumbersome, bureaucratic, time consuming and costly regulation for operators, crews and administrations, with very dubious results. He also said that in reality it is unnecessary as most of its intended collection of information (e.g. fuel consumption of various ship types) is already known from prior studies such as the IMO GHG studies, while its other objective, indexing the efficiency of ships using operational indices, is an exercise in futility. Such indices (of the EEOI form and its hybrids) show no convergence, and are irrelevant in identifying individual ship’s operational efficiencies. He suggested that CO2 reduction goals could be easily and simply achieved by a universal bunker tax.
    • Sotiris Raptis, Transport & Environment presented the ‘’EU & IMO post-MRV developments’’ . He said that despite having escaped an explicit reference, the Paris Agreement creates a whole new political environment for shipping. All countries are now legally bound by an ambitious long-term goal to pursue efforts to limit a temperature increase well below 2°C. The scale of the discrepancy between targets commensurate with global climate change objectives and the industry’s projected emissions scenarios is so large, that shipping urgently requires a CO2 target. This objective needs to be pursued through the appropriate regulatory bodies, the IMO and the EU. The ETS with a Maritime Climate Fund as a parallel mechanism established under the ETS Directive would cover all EU-related emissions which are monitored and reported under the existing EU MRV system

    Panel No.5 : Current fuel challenges to meet future requirements

    • Marco Dierico, DuPont analysed how to ensure ‘’Full operational flexibility with the most affordable fuel oil’’. He said that the path to a drastic reduction of SOx emissions from ships is set with a target of a global limit to be implemented within 2025, but with challenging intermediate steps. The benefits of installing an exhaust gas cleaning system can be summarized as follow: Operators can burn the most affordable fuel available in the market; Great fuel cost savings up to 3 M$ per year; No operational limits in ECA; Investment can be easily financed; R.O.I ranges between 1.5 and 2.5 years including installation costs; Short delivery time approx. 6 months
    • Nicholas Confuorto, CR Ocean Engineering presented the ‘’ECA Requirements and the choices we make’’. Many shipowners/operators are faced with having to decide between switching to a low sulfur fuel or embracing alternate solutions such as LNG or Scrubbers. The presentation addressed the effect of fuel pricing and shows the impact on the industry.   Details about scrubbing design and installation were discussed in order to demystifying the concept. The presentation aimed at providing up to date information about the regulations, the scrubber design and its uptake around the globe.  Demystifying the scrubber option will help interested shipowners more accurately evaluate the available options to arrive at an optimum solution for their fleet.
    • Andrea Carli, Air Life SRL gave a presentation on ‘’Using Selective Catalytic Reduction to comply with NOX Tier III’’. He reminded that for areas designated as NOx Emission Control Areas, new ships will need to meet the standards of Tier III, a reduction of 80% compared to Tier I standards. IMO MARPOL Annex VI imposes mandatory standards for the emissions of new build engines, according to which Tiers I, II, III were set. Airlife’s selective catalytic reduction system effectively removes 90% of NOx emitted from the exhaust gas of a ship and also the emission of carbon monoxide and other hydrocarbons in compliance with the IMO MARPOL Annex VI.
    • Dimitrios Tsalapatis, COSTAMARE Shipping analysed the ‘’NOX Tier III Considerations from the ship manager perspective’’. He said that adopting a limited speed for the ECA areas for Tier III will be possible of applying a reduced Tier III application on engines limited in power output by ECA sailing. In mean time other possibilities and less polluted as NECA tuning or separate water injection or water emulsification or combination of the proved systems as EGR or SCR can be selected. He concluded that the overall efficiency will be better and the absolute level of emission will be minimized simultaneous that the APEX and OPEX for the shipping companies will be considerable lower.

    Panel No.6 : Gas as a Fuel

    • Victor Alessandrini, GTT referred to the ‘’Innovative solutions for LNG fueled commercial ships’’. The presentation showed how GTT is adapting its technology to the “LNG fuel marine” segment through four main examples: i. The concrete example of the 2,200m3 bunker barge under fabrication in the US ii. Membrane industrialization scheme adapted to LNG fuel shipping industry iii. GTT is upgrading membrane tank pressure design to 2barg with minimum impacts to manage pressure issues as part of BOG management iv. how GTT membrane technology provides volume efficiency.
    • George Dimopoulos, DNV GL Maritime presented ways for ‘’Developing & Operating Better LNG Ships’’. He stated that future and emerging trades, markets, export facilities as well as propulsion technologies call for innovation in LNG carrier ship design. He presented the results of the LNGreen joint development project between DNVGL, Gaslog, GTT and Hyundai Heavy Industries that developed an LNG carrier concept with significantly improved efficiency by more than 8%, within the bounds of today’s technology, ready to be ordered and built.
    • Antonis Trakakis, Arista Shipping discussed the ‘’Ship Manager Considerations for a practical LNG Bulk Carrier Design’’. He referred to the Project Forward, launched between Arista Shipping and ABS in 2013 and expanded with the entry of GTT and Deltamarin in 2015. Its objective is the application of LNG on bulk carrier vessels, for the purpose of meeting all current and forthcoming environmental regulations. The analysis carried out yielded as outcome of the project an application with LNG membrane tanks fitted in the hull and 4 stroke engines. He said that CAPEX-OPEX analysis seen through different price scenaria of LNG and 0.5 % sulfur fuel give very positive results with very short payback periods
    • John Kokarakis, Bureau Veritas presented the ‘’Green FSRU for the future’’. He explained that FSRUs constitute the last link in the LNG chain. They are floating terminals delivering natural gas. Their unique features are the high pressure pumps and vaporizer clusters. There are various types of vaporizers, whose selection is a strong function of the installation location and the surrounding infrastructure. Utilization of various options for heating the LNG can lead to green heating-power-plants of very high efficiency given the cryogenic temperatures. Fuel economy is achieved by retrieving part of the heating energy. Compliance with existing green/environmental regulations is demonstrated in the Environmental Impact Assessment Manual.

    All sessions ended with a round table discussion and exchange with the audience.

    Finally Apostolos Belokas, Forum Chairman, thanked the delegates for their participation, the sponsors for their support and the speakers for their excellent presentations and also the organizing team of the event for their contribution towards forum objectives. Mr Belokas also congratulated all winners and short-listed nominees of the GREEN4SEA Awards for their contribution to a greener industry. Explore more at

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