GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

5 Apr 2017
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GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

5 Apr 2017
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Expert Views

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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How to ensure you have a BWTS onboard that actually works

ballast

Ioannis Stefanou, Wallem, suggests a centralised approach for achieving operational excellence in the BWTS onboard, with focus on people, assets and procedures. Also, a good cooperation between BWTS manufacturers and ship managers is always crucial for the familiarization of the system and for sharing knowledge and experience onboard.

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Beyond low-sulfur and high-technology

energy

Galen Hon, Principal at the PoliSea Group, provides forecast about the future of energy in shipping taking into account the disruptive changes that have started to affect industry as well. High technology shows the path towards a decarbonized future offering many options such as hydrogen power. Mr. Hon believes that we are not far away from the transition to the hydrogen era and he emphasizes that flexibility in design is needed more than ever for a successful energy evolution.

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The best is yet to come for LNG

Sean Lalani, President, Eagle LNG Partners, talks about the prospects of micro-liquefaction in shipping and refers to his company’s new project in Jacksonville, FL where a domestic natural gas liquefaction plant is currently under construction.

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Environmental balance sheet: an alternative option for EU

Blue Baltics

Poul Woodall, DFDS, suggests an alternative way for EU to allocate funds to projects, such as TEN-T and CEF, based on assessment of their environmental performance rather than their financial expenditure. Mr Woodall calls it 'environmental balance sheet' and supports that it could be a major incentive for the partners of these projects to make them more efficient and valuable to society.

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