GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

5 Apr 2017
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5 Apr 2017
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Expert Views

The ballast water landscape post-MEPC 71

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Susanna Wyllie, Global Proposals Manager at De Nora, refers to forthcoming challenges concerning the BWM Convention after MEPC 71 decisions and highlights that it is vital for operators to align with BWMC requirements for compliance and not to wait until the last minute. Deharmonising may seem the easy solution now, but those choosing to do this need to understand that there could be repercussions and plan accordingly, Mrs Wyllie notes.

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Training is critical for BWTS operation

Paul Jinhwa Kim, Manager, Panasia Europe BV, explains why training is important for ballast water management practices and refers to four types of training methods which can be used to acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge of BWTS operation.  

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What happened at MEPC71 to the BWMC?

Dr. Frank Stuer-Lauridsen, CEO of Ballast Water Monitoring A/S, comments on MEPC 71 decisions regarding the BWM Convention and what they do mean for both the vendors and the shipowners.  The shipowners are relieved with the extension of two years whereas the developers and suppliers of equipment are not, Dr. Stuer-Lauridsen notes and he adds that the extension will certainly impact competition by recognizing 5-6 leaders in the market and up to 20 systems eventually. However, he is worried about the winners as they may not necessarily represent the best or the most agile technology.

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The thing with cat fines

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Olivier d’Olne, General Manager at Aderco Marine and Group Technical Director clarifies issues concerning cat fines, following recent alerts by FOBAS reporting about  a number of fuel samples bunkered in Singapore (June) and in Fujairah (August) which were tested and found with Aluminium and Silicon concentration (Al+Si) levels above the 95% confidence limit of the respective ordered grades.

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Wartsila says BWTS training is crucial

Craig Patrick, Wartsila refers to company’s actions towards providing proper training for its BTWS. It is important the market to fully understand and value the importance of crew training for successful integration and safe operations, Mr. Patrick notes. Hence, Wartsila offers extensive training for the successful implementation of its BWTS.

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New BWMC dates push forward D-2 standard not the exchange

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Jad Mouawad, CEO at Mouawad Consulting, clarifies important issues with respect to the BWM Convention implementation after MEPC71 and says that from 8 September 2017, industry will officially start protecting the marine environment through exchange. Regarding MEPC 71, Mr. Mouawad commented that IMO focused on the practical implementation of the Convention, more than just high level policy making which is an interesting turn. He considers that the new BWM dates allow considerable time for ship owners to make their decisions but also for vendors to obtain necessary USCG Type Approvals.

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MEPC71: Good news for the environment?

Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director Marine Coatings at AkzoNobel International Paints, comments on MEPC71 decisions and suggests ways to move on with the decarbonisation strategy.  He talks about the challenges that the coatings industry face, highlighting the importance of practical solutions for sustainability, ahead of regulation. 

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Panama Canal reveals new initiatives towards greener shipping

In an exclusive interview with GREEN4SEA, Mr. Alexis Rodriguez, Panama Canal’s Environmental Protection Specialist, discussed the Canal’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. After one year of operation, the Expanded Canal contributed to a reduction of more than 17 million tons of CO2, however, this is only the beginning. Mr. Rodriguez said that the Canal has in store various environmental sustainability and renewable energy initiatives which reinforce that the Panama Canal is a unique ‘Green Route’ for the worldwide trade.

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