GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

7 Mar 2018
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GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

7 Mar 2018
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Expert Views

IOPP Certificate recoupling views

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BWMC is effective since last September, but, it seems that discussions are never ending as the Convention has many salient points which need clarification. A 'chaos' is still surrounding the monitoring and treatment of ballast water. Also, currently, there is a debate about the role of class societies on IOPP recoulping and decoupling. In response, Mr Jad Mouawad, BWM expert and owner at Mouawad Consulting, provides the following insight into the important issue of IOPP Certificate recoupling.

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Panama Canal strives towards decarbonisation

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The Panama Canal Authority announced the inauguration of the Emissions Calculator in late October, with the aim to incentivize further the maritime industry to cut emissions. Mr. Alexis Rodriguez, Panama Canal’s Environmental Protection Specialist discusses the new offering at length highlighting that it will help the Panama Canal become a “Carbon Neutral” entity.

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Saudi Arabia’s response to BW requirements

Dr. Brian Phillips, Chelsea Technologies Group, explains how Saudi Arabia is driving forward with enforcing ballast water regulations and discloses details about their cooperation with Saudi Aramco. Dr Phillips says that Saudi Aramco is currently working closely with national authorities to utilise Chelsea’s testing device as the national benchmark for ballast water sampling in quest of ensuring total compliance with BWM new regulations following MEPC 71.

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Four big BWM challenges for consideration

Ballast Water

Mr Giles Candy, Business Development, Environcleanse, discusses the biggest challenges that industry should pay attention for effective implementation of the BWM Convention which entered into force on September 8th Mr. Candy encourages operators to focus on accurate information, never make plans at last minute, use a successful BWTS which impacts vessel operations as little as possible and choose systems which show confidence in compliance.

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IMO clarifies BWMC implementation challenges

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Dr.Stefan Micallef, Director, Marine Environment Division, IMO outlines the important issues concerning the BWM Convention after MEPC71.  Dr. Micallef highlights that the latest IMO Committee was a significant milestone for the Convention and explains how the decisions made at MEPC71 aim to enhance certainty and confidence among the industry stakeholders with regard to the BWMC effective implementation.

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BWMC postponement is not an insurance, PANASIA says

Ballast Water

In an exclusive interview with GREEN4SEA, Paul Jinhwa Kim, Manager, Panasia Europe BV, shares his concerns over the ballast water market after MEPC 71 and anticipates increased demand resulting in increasing retrofit cost. Therefore, he advises operators to prefer retrofitting BWMS by 2019 to benefit from low prices in all sectors.

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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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