6th GREEN4SEA Athens Forum



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The 2017 GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards successfully concluded on April 5th, in Eugenides Foundation, Athens attracting 800 delegates from 18 countries representing a total of 370 organizations.

The event organized by GREEN4SEA and sponsored by DuPont, ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering, Wärtsilä as the lead sponsors and SKAI in the media for the event coverage. Other sponsors included: ABB, ABS, Alfa Laval, American P&I Club, Arcadia Shipmanagement, Bluesoul, Bureau Veritas, Consolidated Marine Management, DNV GL, Dorian LPG, Ecospray Technologies, EPE, Lloyd’s Register, MacGregor, OCEANKING, OceanSaver, PwC, RightShip, RISK4SEA, SQE MARINE, UK P&I Club and Verifavia Shipping.

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Event Timetable
Welcome Coffee & Registration [ 08:00 – 09:00 ]
Panel # 1 – Green Shipping Perspectives [ 09:00 – 10:20 ]

1. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, GREEN4SEA – Welcome Address and Conference Opening

2. Stamatis Fradelos, Principal Engineer, ABS Operational & Environmental Performance (OEP) – “Environmental Legislation Outlook”

Presentation video l Brief Article

3. Dimitris Heliotis, COO & Technical Director, Target Group & VP, MARTECMA – “Forthcoming Legislation Implementation Challenges – The Ship Manager Perspective”

Presentation video l Brief Article

4. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd – “Ship Energy Efficiency Indicators: Fake News”

Presentation video l Brief Article

5. David Nichol, Regional Loss Prevention Executive, Thomas Miller P&I (Europe) Ltd. – “The UK P&I Club Risk Assessment Scheme – Pollution Prevention and Mitigation”

Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 2 – Towards a Greener Future [ 10:20 – 11:30 ]

1. Henning Gramann, Chairman, IHMA – Inventory of Hazardous Materials – Current status & best practice

Presentation video l Brief Article

2. Fotis Ploumitsakos, Naval Architect & Mechanical Engineer, EPE – Inventory of Hazardous Materials: From theory to practice

Presentation video l Brief Article

3. Roberto Bernacchi, Shore-to-ship power & Smart Ports Global Product Manager, ABB – “Shore-to-Ship power applications”

Presentation video l Brief Article

4. Sotiris Raptis, Senior Policy Advisor for Environment and Safety, EcoPorts Coordinator, ESPO – “Sustainable policies of EU ports”

Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Coffee Break & Networking [ 11:30 – 12:00 ]
Panel # 3 – Challenges for the 2020 and beyond [ 12:00 – 13:10 ]

1. Poul Woodall, Director Environment & Sustainability, DFDS A/S – “An operators concern about 0.5% sulphur cap from 2020”

Presentation video l Brief Article

2. Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA\LNG – “The case of LNG as a fuel”

Presentation video l Brief Article

3. Franco Porcellacchia, Vice President, Ship Refit, Carnival Corporation – “EGCSs and LNG ships”

Presentation video l Brief Article

4. Panayiotis Mitrou, Marine & Offshore Technology & Innovation Manager, Lloyd’s Register – “Low Carbon Pathways – The 2020 Challenge and alternative fuels”

Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 4 – Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Maker’s Panel [ 13:10 – 14:20 ]

1. Marco Dierico, Marine Business Development EMEA, DuPont – “Burn the most affordable fuel”

Presentation video l Brief Article

2. Ole-Johan Øby Svendsen, Sales Manager, Wartsila Water Systems Ltd – “EGC Systems: Maker’s Feedback”

Presentation video l Brief Article

3. Marcello Vercellino, Sales Manager Marine Division, Ecospray Technologies – “Meeting environmental goals with innovation and experience in installing EGCS”

Presentation video l Brief Article

4. Andrés Gómez, Global Market Director, Shanghai BlueSoul Environmental Technology Co. Ltd – “IMO Sulphur Cap; Time matters more than ever”

Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Lunch Break [ 14:20 – 15:20 ]
Panel # 5 – Ship Emissions Monitoring, Reporting & Verification [ 15:20 – 16:30 ]

1. Helena Athoussaki, Head of Maritime Sustainability Centre, PwC – “EU MRV & proposed ETS legislation challenges”

Presentation video l Brief Article

2. Kostas Vlachos, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Marine Management Inc. – “Challenges in the preparation of MRV plan

Presentation video l Brief Article

3. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development Hellenic, Black Sea Region & Middle East, Bureau Veritas – Challenges in the implementation of IMO and EU/MRV Regulation”

Presentation video l Brief Article

4. Nikolas Theodorou, Managing Director, Verifavia Shipping Hellas – “EU MRV implementation”

Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 6 – Ballast Water Management [ 16:30 – 17:40 ]

1. Dimitris Dedepsidis, Customer Service Manager, DNV GL – “Challenges in the forthcoming implementation of the BWMC”

Presentation video l Brief Article

2. Kristina Effler, Global Business Manager, PureBallast, Alfa Laval – “BWM: Pure confidence is a must for the future”

Presentation video l Brief Article

3. Kashif Javaid, Sales Manager, OceanSaver – Maker’s Feedback

Presentation video l Brief Article

4. Craig Patrick, Sales Director, Wartsila Water Systems Ltd – Maker’s Feedback

Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Cocktail Reception [ 17:40 – 19:00 ]


Speaker presentations of the conference in PDF are available online for SAFETY4SEA Digital Subscribers



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  • GREEN4SEA LOG, a Quarterly Magazine circulated in excess of 50,000 copies in Greece and Abroad every year
  • GREEN4SEA Conference, the world’s largest Green Conference, attracting 1,000+ delegates / 450+ organisations in Athens, every April

Panel # 1 – Green Shipping Perspectives

1. Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, GREEN4SEA – Panel Moderator

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.


2. Stamatis Fradelos, Principal Engineer, ABS Operational & Environmental Performance (OEP)

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).


3. Dimitris Heliotis, COO & Technical Director, Target Group & VP, MARTECMA

Dimitrios A. Heliotis, is the COO and Technical Director of Piraeus-based Target Group comprising Target Marine SA and Horizon Tankers Ltd SA, a position he has held since April 2014.

He joined Target in 1999 as fleet manager and new building project manager and between then and becoming group technical director in 2005 he was responsible for projects in South Korea’s Hyundai HI, STX, SPP, Samsung HI, Sungdong; Onomichi and Tsuneishi in Japan, as well as Sinopacific Shipbuilding in China.
On obtaining an MSc in Air Transport Engineering and Management at Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK) to go with a B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hull (UK), he initially worked as an independent consultant and surveyor.

In 1993 he joined Elkco Marine Consultants, before joining marine consulting firm Marinecare Ltd and, from 1996 to joining Target, he was a superintendent engineer for Navitas Co S.A a bulk carrier operator.

Memberships include: UK Engineering Council, Chartered Engineer; Royal Institute of Naval Architects; Technical Chamber of Greece; Hellenic Technical Committees of LR, ABS and NK; is the Vice President of MARTECMA, a member of Intertanko’s Safety, Technical and Environmental committee (ISTEC), and a member of the Marshal Islands Quality Council (MIQC) and the Blue Water Vessel Advisory Group (BWVAG).


4. 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.


5. David Nichol, Regional Loss Prevention Executive, Thomas Miller P&I (Europe) Ltd

David Nichol is a master mariner with 39 years of experience in the shipping industry. After sea service on tankers, bulk carriers and OBO’s, he worked as a ship surveyor and marine consultant for 18 years performing a wide range of casualty investigations, ship inspections and cargo surveys, with the majority of assignments being P&I related. From 2010, he was employed as a P&I Club senior claims executive before joining the loss prevention department of the UK P&I Club 3 years ago. David is based is the UK Club’s Piraeus office assisting members with loss prevention advice, training and education initiatives, as well as carrying out regular shipboard P&I risk assessments



Panel # 2 – Towards a Greener Future

1. Henning Gramann, Chairman, IHMA

Henning holds a degree as Environmental Engineer (Diplomingenieur, Dipl.-Ing.) and is engaged in various fields of maritime environmental protection since the year 2000. He is an internationally recognized expert for all aspects of green ship recycling and has established GSR Services GmbH (Green Ship Recycling Services) for supporting all stakeholders for their cost effective preparation and fulfilment of Hong Kong Convention and EU-Regulation on Ship Recycling. In addition he´s guest professor at the World Maritime University (WMU). Henning is the winner of The European CEO Award “Best CEO in the international ship recycling industry, 2017”.


2. Fotis Ploumitsakos, Naval Architect & Mechanical Engineer, EPE

Fotis Ploumitsakos has been working with Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. since 2002 in the Research, Development & Engineering Department as Projects’ Technical Superintender and over the past years he holds the position of Hazardous Materials Expert.

Graduate of the National University of Athens (NTUA) as a Naval Architect and Mechanical Engineer. He is also a DNV GL approved Hazmat Expert on the preparation of IHMs.

He has a long experience that consists, among other, of more than 50 vessels’ surveys for Hazardous Materials identification including:

  • Collection of necessary information
  • Assessment of collected information
  • Preparation of VSCP (Visual Sampling Check Plan)
  • On board survey
  • Collection of samples
  • Preparation of IHM (Inventory of Hazardous Materials)


3. Roberto Bernacchi, Shore-to-ship power & Smart Ports Global Product Manager, ABB

Roberto holds a Master Degree in Electronics Engineering at “Politecnico di Milano”. Between 2000 and 2005 he served as Airborne Radars Service Manager at Galileo Avionica SpA (now part of Leonardo Group). Between 2006 and 2009 he held various service management positions in General Electric (Heavy Duty Gas Turbines), Pomini and Galdabini SpA (Industrial Machineries). Since 2009 he joined ABB starting as Power Conversion Systems Sales Manager and becoming in 2015 Global Product Manager for Shore-to-ship power and Smart Ports application.


4. Sotiris Raptis, Senior Policy Advisor for Environment and Safety, EcoPorts Coordinator, ESPO

Sotiris joined ESPO in November 2016 after working in the aviation and shipping team at T&E where he was responsible for the cleaner shipping campaign. Previously, he worked in the European Parliament 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 loves good food and reading and his passions include politics and hiking.


Panel # 3 – Challenges for the 2020 and beyond

1. Poul Woodall, Director Environment & Sustainability, DFDS A/S

Poul Woodall has over 40 years of experience within the maritime and transport industry. The first 36 years were spent A.P.Moller-Maersk in various positions, mainly within the container and Ro/Ro segments. His career includes 17 years overseas experience with postings in Asia, The Middle East and Europe.

Since 2010, Poul has been with DFDS A/S in Copenhagen and in June 2013 he was appointed Director for Environment and Sustainability for the DFDS Group. Poul Woodall has a degree from Copenhagen Business School supplemented with management education at Insead and Stanford University. Poul is in the steering committees of the Trident Alliance and Green Ship of the Future and on the advisory board of IMPA-act and an affiliate Member of IEMA. Marine environment policy work is conducted through his affiliation with Interferry and various ESSF working groups in Brussels.

2. Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA\LNG

Steve is General Manager at SEA\LNG. Before taking up his position at SEA\LNG Steve was Head of Energy at Xyntéo. He began his career as a Geophysicist in BP, subsequently working in a variety of business development, strategy and analysis roles in the company’s gas, power & renewables and energy trading businesses. Steve has also worked in the City of London, for a commodity futures market, leading the development of financial instruments for the energy sector and for management consultants Pöyry Energy and Caminus Energy, where he specialised in providing advice on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS); gas and power market policy; and commodity trading and risk management.

3. Franco Porcellacchia, Vice President, Carnival Corporate Ship Refit

Franco Porcellacchia was born in Genova on 30th April 1953.

After graduating from the University of Genoa with a degree in Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering in 1979, Franco commenced his career with RINA, the Italian Naval Classification Society, holding several roles in the field of ship classification and safety both in Italy and the US.

In January 2002, after a 22-year career with RINA, Franco joined Costa Crociere S.p.A., where he was assigned responsibility for all the company’s technical activities as Vice President and Director of Technical Operations, managing Costa Crociere’s fleet of twelve cruise ships and overseeing the construction of a further 5 vessels.

In July 2008 he took up a position with Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding to head the team providing technical support across all of the Carnival Corporation brands in a variety of priority projects. In August 2009 he was appointed to the role of Vice President of Carnival Corporate Ship Refit within Carnival Corporation & plc.

In 2012 he was appointed to lead the Ship Owner’s team in the Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Project, with the task of coordinating all the project activities at Isola del Giglio on behalf of Carnival/Costa Crociere. He was responsible for overseeing the engineering design for the wreck removal completed in July 2014, as well as for the subsequent activities for the site seabed recovery currently ongoing, ensuring their compliance with health and safety, and acting as link between the parties involved: the Salvors, the Insurers and their Technical Consultants, the Italian Authorities.

Currently Franco is involved, on behalf of Carnival Corporation, in its program of exhaust gas cleaning system installations on board of a large number of vessels for all of the group’s Operating Lines.

4. Panayiotis Mitrou, Marine & Offshore Technology & Innovation Manager, Lloyd’s Register

Panos Mitrou is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer NTUA, holding an MBA in Shipping from ALBA Business School. He is currently employed as a Technology & Innovation Manager for Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore, South Europe. He focuses on uptake of technology, forthcoming legislation, innovation and compliance challenges. During his seven year service with Lloyd’s Register Piraeus Technical Support Office, he had been dealing with series of statutory and other reviews. He has supported and lead the implementation of several pieces of new legislation ranging from Ballast Water management to the latest Energy management related requirements. He has also been deeply involved in MARPOL and the Chemical codes matters. He has represented Lloyd’s Register in a number of international forums, research and other projects developed within the TEN-T and other EU frameworks. He is currently involved in the roll out and materialisation of special projects like Poseidon Med and elemed.


Panel # 4 – Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Maker’s Panel


1. Marco Dierico, Marine Business Development EMEA, DuPont

Marco 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.


2. Ole-Johan Øby Svendsen, Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Exhaust Gas Cleaning

Ole-Johan Øby Svendsen is Sales Manager of Wärtsilä Exhaust Gas Cleaning with responsibility for the Korean and Chinese market, as well as Greece, Turkey and Singapore. He is experienced in both new build and retrofit projects.



3. Marcello Vercellino, Sales Manager Marine Division, Ecospray Technologies

Graduated in electronic engineering, Marcello has more than 15 years of experience in the sales and after sales of equipment for marine applications. Since 2016 in Ecospray Technologies, Marcello is managing the EGCS sales for the worldwide market.



4. Andrés Gómez, Global Market Director, Shanghai BlueSoul Environmental Technology Co. Ltd & Commercial Manager at Ocean Wing International Trading Co. Ltd.

Andres Gomez holds MBA and Bachelor degree in Marine Engineering. His target is development of a greener environment, bringing existing technologies in to real applications. With more than 8 years participating in International projects between Asia and Europe in Shipbuilding and Clean Energy industries. He has Technical background combined with Business development experience acquired in a multi-discipline and multi-cultural ventures. He is working in his PhD research for real applications for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies.

He is proud to be part of BlueSoul project and Global Challenge of reducing emissions in Shipbuilding industry. Overseas Sales and After sales network development is the target for OceanWing.


Panel # 5 – Ship Emissions Monitoring, Reporting & Verification


1. Helena Athoussaki, Head of Maritime Sustainability Centre, PwC

Helena brings several years of experience in the field of Climate Change and Maritime Sustainability.

She heads PwC’s Maritime Sustainability Centre in Athens, a team of marine experts, engineers and data auditors assisting shipping companies to ensure compliance with the new EU CO2 regulation, design an effective performance monitoring system and build sustainable business operations.

Helena is an active speaker in a wide variety of maritime conferences and associations, she participates regularly at the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) meetings and she has been involved in various proposals, presentations and studies for the IMO such us the 3rd IMO GHG study.

Helena is a member of the expert group European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) of European Commission on MRV shipping regulation, but also a member of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).

Helena holds executive degrees from the Said Business School in Oxford and the London Business School (LBS) in Finance & Accounting, Hedge Funds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, MBA from the ALBA Business School and MA from the University of Middlesex in London.


2. Kostas Vlachos, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Marine Management Inc.

Kostas Vlachos is Mechanical / Electrical Engineer graduated from Technical University of Athens in 1981. From 1982 to 1996 he served in the Merchant Ships Inspectorate of the Greek Ministry of Merchantile Marine in various positions with the most important that of MARPOL Convention department head and ISM implementation department head. In the same period he was a Member of the Greek delegation in IMO as well as in various EU committees and subcommittees in Maritime Safety Committee and MEPC (Marine Environment Protection Committee). In 1997 he joined the Consolidated Marine Management Inc. as DPA/DMR and as Marine, Safety & Quality Manager.In February 2005 he assumed the duties of the COO/Managing Director of the Company having full control and responsibilities on all activities and dpts of the Company. He is a member of ABS, DNV, LRS, technical committees. In 2013 was elected Chairman of Intertanko Hellenic Mediterranean Panel & Council member. Since 2014 he is a member of the executive committee of Intertanko, and ISTEC member.


3. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development Hellenic, Black Sea Region & Middle East, Bureau Veritas

John 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.


4. Nikolas Theodorou, Verifavia Shipping Hellas, Managing Director

Nikolas Theodorou is the Managing Director of Verifavia Shipping Hellas, holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Economics from the University of London – Queen Mary & Westfield College, and an M.Sc. in Int. Finance from the University of Surrey with a unique thesis in International Shipping Investments.

Nikolas’ shipping expertise is manifold and includes the Corporate & Supply side (Shell Marine Products & Royal Dutch Shell), the Asset, Investment & Finance side (S&P Funds & IPOs) and the Human Capital side (Founder and MD of EQnomics®), while he has also certified, built, operated & managed a series of Clean & Renewable Energy projects within the UNFCCC JV implementation framework.

He has worked and collaborated with the Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the AUEB, the University of Piraeus and coordinated the 1st Young Executives Shipping Forum.

Nikolas is also leading the Incubator Programme of Bluegrowth and is a member of the Training & Mentoring Team, aiming to inspire and help young entrepreneurs realize the innovative concepts relating to sustainability and marine & freshwater resources.


Panel # 6 – Ballast Water Management


1. Dimitris Dedepsidis, DNV GL, Customer Service Manager

Dimitris Dedepsidis, is a Customer Service Manager & Ship Type Expert for Bulk Carriers of DNV GL Piraeus. Graduated on 1992 from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with an M.Sc.Eng at Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. After a fruitful 6-years working experience in major consulting and shipping companies, has devoted to Class Societies Services since 1998. Dimitris has worked at American Bureau of Shipping and Germanischer Lloyd, mainly in plan-approval and service-delivery assignments. Since 2006 is holding leading and managing positions, with primary focus in problem-solving and client-support. Currently in DNV GL, is part of the Regional Business Development team and the Global Network of Ship Type Experts.


2. Kristina Effler, Global Business Manager, PureBallast, Alfa Laval

Kristina’s responsibility is to drive the business growth of Alfa Laval PureBallast towards a profitable business and safeguard market leadership. Kristina leads a team of 7 people, dedicated to work with the Business growth of PureBallast.

Kristina has been employed by Alfa Laval since 2004 in various positions; as Senior project manager leading global cross functional Product Development, as Modularisation manager, recently as Global Busines manager of Alfa Lavals solution PureNOx, starting up the business area from scratch.

Kristina has a Master of Science Mech. Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Mech. Engineering.


3. Kashif Javaid, OceanSaver, Sales Manager

Kashif Javaid has been with OceanSaver since 2013. Based at OceanSaver HQ in Norway, he is currently Area Sales Manager for newbuilding and retrofit projects in Greece, Germany, and Turkey. In addition, he has also had the responsibility of sales & marketing towards shipyards in China with OceanSaver local office.

Prior to joining OceanSaver, Mr. Javaid has held S&P and Newbuilding ship brokerage positions for several years focusing on Asian and European clients.

Educated at Nottingham Trent University and obtained MSc. degree, he is also holding certification from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, UK.


4. Craig Patrick, Wartsila Water Systems Ltd, Sales Director

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 Wartsila’s Environmental team to grow and develop the exciting engineering challenges in Ballast Water treatment.


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.

Website: www.dupont.com

ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering

ERMA FIRST is a company consisting of scientists with high experience and profound knowledge that designs and manufactures innovative ballast water treatment systems in compliance with the latest legislation. The advanced ERMA FIRST Ballast Water Treatment System holds Type Approval by IMO, class type approval by Lloyd’s Register and AMS approval letter by US Coast Guard. ERMA FIRST BWTS is an autonomous and reliable solution for several types and sizes of vessels. ERMA FIRST S.A. has undertaken to incorporate internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 quality management standards into our work processes. Nowadays, ERMA FIRST has a prestigious reference list comprised of ship-owners and shipyards in Greece, China, Italy, Turkey, Romania, Japan, Korea, US, etc.

Website: www.ermafirst.com



Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

Website: www.wartsila.com


ABB is a pioneering technology leader that is writing the future of industrial digitalization. For more than four decades, we have been at the forefront, innovating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems. Every day, we drive efficiency, safety and productivity in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure globally. With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 132,000 people.

Webiste: new.abb.com


, 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.

Webiste: www.eagle.org


Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval is today a world leader within the key technology areas of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. Our company was founded on a single brilliant invention and innovation remains at the heart of everything we do. With more than 2500 patents, we provide worldwide solutions in areas that are vital to society both today and for the future.

Website: www.alfalaval.com


American P&I Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the United States – indeed, in the entire Americas. The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping. Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations. Responsibility for damage to cargo, for pollution, for the death, injury or illness of passengers or crew and for damage to docks and other installations are examples of typical exposures. Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I such as that offered by the American Club distinguishes itself from ordinary forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.

Website: www.american-club.com


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.

Website: www.arcadiasm.gr



Image result for shanghai bluesoulShanghai Bluesoul Environmental Technology Co. Ltd is a professional marine environment protection company that focuses on research and technical services for our clients. We are the first Chinese enterprise to be awarded a Lloyd’s Register Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Machinery General Design Appraisal as well as DNV GL AiP.

Shanghai Bluesoul has a team of professional designers and engineers with rich engineering experience capable of providing complete ship exhaust gas treatment solutions and personalised services to our clients.

We have developed both U-type and I-type scrubbers and our system can be installed on all types of retrofit and new build ships. As the partner of SDARI, HRDD Shipyard and CSSC, we can provide turnkey services to our clients. Our system is small in size but high efficiency. We always think of our clients’ needs; our mission is to help our customers to minimise their ship operating costs.

Shanghai Bluesoul is dedicated to becoming the leading ship exhaust treatment solution provider.

Website: www.shanghaibluesoul.com

Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in classification, certification, laboratory testing and inspection services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 66,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its
400,000clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility

In the maritime field, its missions consist of:

  • Classification of ships and offshore units
  • Certification and issuance of statutory certificates on behalf of more 150 Government and Flag authorities;
  • Technical assistance, advisory services and consulting
  • Training services in the marine technical and regulatory field.

Bureau Veritas has a consistent network of 2,300 highly qualified marine surveyors, specialized in the implementation of safety, security, protection of environment rules and standards, operating in 180 survey stations located in 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).

Website: www.bureauveritas.com


Consolidated Marine Management Inc

Consolidated Marine Management Inc. (CMM), a company of Latsco Shipping Ltd., has been established in 1997 and is located at Kifisia. CMM provides with operational, technical, financial and ship building services, focusing on fundamental principles of quality, integrity, safety, health, environmental protection and energy efficiency, with established programmes for performance excellence, profitability and growth of management of clean energy transportation vessels. CMM pursues all entrepreneurial ventures with ethics, integrity, consistency to incident-free operations and ultimate aspiration of providing excellent services through long-lasting customer relationships. CMM’s history begins over half a century ago as part of Latsis Companies’ Group having the 8,750 dwt M/T “SPIROS” as the first vessel under its management. Within 60’s and 70’s, fleet expanded significantly through adopting numerous vessels (tankers and other types), numbering about 60 vessels with the majority of them trading under “PETROLA” name. In 1982, fleet’s technical manager was renamed “BILINDER MARINE CORPORATION SA” and its management and expansion of approximately 90 vessels (various sizes/types) totalling 3.5 mil dwt began. Central position in fleet was occupied by 6 ULCCs including the “HELLAS FOS” (largest ever built ULCC with total carrying capacity of 555,000 dwt). Currently, CMM manages a fleet of 15 vessels (MRs, LR2, VLGCs), while another 9 vessels shall be delivered up to 2018.

Website: www.cmm.gr



As of 12 September 2013, DNV and GL have merged to form DNV GL. We now form the world’s leading ship and offshore classification society, the leading technical advisor to the global oil and gas industry, and a leading expert for the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. We’ve also taken a position as one of the top three certification bodies in the world.

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. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

Website: www.dnvgl.com


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.

Website: www.dorianlpg.com


Ecospray Technologies

Ecospray Technologies specializes in innovative technologies for air & gas cleaning and cooling in industry and marine applications. Ecospray’s technological solutions are applied in cooling down hot gases and in the removal of regulated pollutants from the exhaust gases of marine engines, power stations, cement and steel plants, chemical plants/refineries and waste incineration. In the marine industry Ecospray is one of the leaders in high-performance Exhaust Gas Cleaning solutions such as DeSOx, DeNOx, particulate and soot removal for all kind of commercial, leisure and navy ships.

Website: www.ecospray.eu



EPE S.A., established in 1977 in Piraeus, offers a complete range of environmental protection products and services, including emergency response for oil&chemical spills. EPE, with state-of-the-art equipment, trained and experienced personnel, offers contingency and preparedness services to all types of facilities including oil terminals, production platforms, shipyards, power stations, light and heavy industries, ports, etc. in compliance with all relevant legislation and standards. Focusing on R&D, EPE designs and manufactures marine equipment such as bilge oil water separators, sewage treatment plants, sacrificial anodes, potable water related, anti-fouling and cathodic protection systems. EPE has also established collaborations with principals for sprinkler, sewage, stainless steel piping systems, etc

Website: www.epe.gr


Lloyd’s Register

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with over 9,000 employees based in 78 countries. We have a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through our global technology centres and research network, we are at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof our clients businesses.

Webiste: www.lr.org



MacGregor shapes the offshore and marine industries by offering world-leading engineering solutions and services with a strong portfolio of MacGregor, Hatlapa, Porsgrunn, Pusnes and Triplex brands. Shipbuilders, owners and operators are able to optimise the lifetime profitability, safety, reliability and environmental sustainability of their operations by working in close cooperation with MacGregor.

MacGregor solutions and services for handling marine cargoes, vessel operations, offshore loads, crude/LNG transfer and offshore mooring are all designed to perform with the sea.

Website: www.macgregor.com



OCEANKING is a leading marine engineering and commercial group serving the Greek and International maritime community as well as the Greek public and industrial sector. OCEANKING was founded in 1989 and operates in Piraeus – Greece as well as in Cyprus. OCEANKING employs qualified naval architects and marine engineers and is managed by Costas Hassiotis and Panos Yannoulis with a permanent staff presently consisting of 20 persons. Our experience covers the areas of ship design, ship construction and operation, shipbuilding methods and management, marine engineering systems, materials supply and management as well as logistic support. Our company follows strict quality procedures and is certified according to ISO 9001:2008 by Lloyds.

Website: www.oceanking.gr



Established in 2003, OceanSaver with US Coast Guard Type Approval certificate is one of the pioneers in Ballast Water Treatment industry.

Headquartered in Norway and local offices in Busan and Shanghai, OceanSaver is a leading global provider of class-approved, high capacity and technologically advanced ballast water treatment system.

Our BWTS delivers high-performance filtration, flexible system installation, and is a reliable and streamlined solution for retrofit and newbuilding projects. The system combines pre-filtration using a 40 mm screen filter and side stream electrodialysis with patented membrane cell technology. The system monitors the Immediate Oxidant Demand of the water to be treated to adjust the dosage level.

OceanSaver has delivered major Retrofit and Newbuilding contracts in its core shipping segments, medium to large-sized tankers with P/R & submerged ballast pumps, bulkers and LNG/LPG carriers.

OceanSaver understands retrofit. We have unparalleled experience and competence in design, engineering and project execution of retrofit projects.

In addition to BWTS, site supervision, commissioning and training, OceanSaver can also provide design & engineering incl. 3D scanning survey and class approval, as well as procure interface equipment and assist in financing through Export Credit Norway for up to 85% of total contract value.

Website: www.oceansaver.com



With offices in 157 countries and more than 223,000 people, we are among the leading professional services networks in the world. We help organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for, by delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Some facts about PwC:

  • In FY 2016 (ending 30 June) worldwide gross revenues of PwC’s network of member firms increased by 7% to US$35.9 billion.
  • In FY16, PwC firms provided services to 422 companies in the Fortune Global 500
  • In 2016, we were named the 2nd most attractive employer in the world for business students by Universum

PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.

Website: www.pwc.com



Since our inception in 2001, RightShip has helped to significantly improve global maritime safety standards. With our predictive online ship vetting platform, RightShip Qi, coupled with the maritime expertise of our vetting team, we help our customers to manage marine risk by identifying and eliminating substandard ships from their supply chain. RightShip was formed to improve dry bulk safety and quality standards and draw on the significant ship vetting expertise of global commodity companies, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. As major charterers and shippers, the founding businesses had developed vetting systems to manage their own marine risk. RightShip combined their expertise and resources to develop a Ship Vetting Information System (SVIS™) as a comprehensive risk management tool, which was in service until 2016. In 2006, international food, agriculture and risk management company Cargill joined as an equal equity partner. Today, RightShip also provides vetting services and OCIMF SIRE inspections to the petroleum, chemical and gas sectors. RightShip is focused on helping industry avoid preventable incidents, while reducing the carbon dioxide emissions emitted by the world marine fleet. We do this by condensing information, providing rapid and consistent analysis and advice, monitoring and complying with international standards, and bringing expert support and advice within the reach of even the smallest business.

Website: www.rightship.com


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.

Website: www.risk4sea.com



SQE MARINE is the dedicated Consulting Services Provider of the SQE Group. Mission of SQE MARINE is to provide Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Consulting, operating a DNV–GL Certified Training Center and a LLOYDS ISO 9001 certified management system.

At a glance:

  • Established 1998
  • 10,000 plus Ship Manuals Developed
  • 500 plus Management Systems Developed
  • 1000 Plus Clients served

Website: www.sqemarine.com


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.
The UK P&I Club gives you security with its A (Stable) Standard & Poor’s rating and accessibility with a claims service on hand in 350 ports. Its on-the-spot help and local knowledge is unmatched. As is its ongoing response to the changing environment and your changing needs. Its continuing experience, size, coverage and service mean unparalleled specialist skills and expertise developed to a level of sophistication seldom seen in our field. All this is available to you as a Member and to the masters and managers of your ships.

Website: www.ukpandi.com


Verifavia Shipping

Verifavia is a worldwide independent accredited carbon emissions verification body for aviation and maritime transport. Verifavia aims to be the maritime industry’s first choice for the provision of carbon emissions verification, information and services relating to the Monitoring, Reporting & Verification (MRV) Regulation. We work as a trusted partner to our customers, supporting them in achieving compliance with an independent service grounded in accuracy, integrity and expertise.

Website: www.verifavia-shipping.com

On April 5th, twenty-four global experts discussed the environmental regulatory developments concerning the shipping industry, especially regarding the 0.5% Global Sulphur Cap, shipping emissions MRV and BWMC implementation at the 2017 GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards. The event took place at the Eugenides Foundation, in Athens, attracting 800 delegates from 18 countries representing a total of 370 organizations.

The event organized by GREEN4SEA and sponsored by DuPont, ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering, Wärtsilä as the lead sponsors and SKAI in the media for the event coverage. Other sponsors included: ABB, ABS, Alfa Laval, American P&I Club, Arcadia Shipmanagement, Bluesoul, Bureau Veritas, Consolidated Marine Management, DNV GL, Dorian LPG, Ecospray Technologies, EPE, Lloyd’s Register, MacGregor, OCEANKING, OceanSaver, PwC, RightShip, RISK4SEA, SQE MARINE, UK P&I Club and Verifavia Shipping.

During his welcome address Apostolos Belokas, Founder and Managing Editor of GREEN4SEA and also Chairman of the Conference, outlined the objectives of this event, including fostering sustainability and promoting best practices for a greener shipping industry. Speakers’ presentations then followed which were given in six panels and ended up with panel discussion with the audience.

Panel No. 1 – Green Shipping Perspectives

Stamatis Fradelos, Principal Engineer, Operational & Environmental Performance (OEP), ABS, provided briefly the current “Environmental Legislation Outlook” concerning the BWM Convention, the unsettled implementation scheme and the USCG requirements including the type approval program and the recently revised extensions policy; the establishment of the North Sea area (including the English Channel) and the Baltic Sea area as new NOx Emission Control Areas; the decision on the applicability of global sulphur cap 0.5% after 1 January 2020; the EU Ship Recycling Regulation; the attained and required EEDI; and the monitoring and reporting requirements and implementation dates for the EU MRV and the IMO data collection system.

Dimitris Heliotis, COO & Technical Director, Target Group & VP, MARTECMA, addressed the “Forthcoming Legislation Implementation Challenges’’ that ship operators are currently facing including the undertaking of ballast water installation modification on existing ships which will be a major modification to the fleets over the next five years. Similarly, MRV as an instrument will device the mechanism via which shipping will contribute its fair share on emissions control. Mr. Heliotis referred to the emissions sulphur cap for 2020 which is expected to bring a huge uncertainty in the quality of the available fuels at the time of implementation and finally to scrubber technology which is ready to be applied as an alternative solution. Mr. Heliotis also highlighted that an extra highly trained crew team will be needed and concluded that it is vital for operators to carefully select and plan all the new regulatory outfits with ample time, allowing initial shortcomings and failures to take their time in order to establish a learning curve for the industry.

Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management, gave a presentation entitled “Ship Energy Efficiency Indicators: Fake News’’ in which he showed that the so called Ship Energy Efficiency Indicators, either design or operational ones, such as EEDI, EEOI, EVI, CSI, EVDI, ESI and the like, have no connection whatsoever to a ship’s actual fuel efficiency. Mr. Zachariadis commented that relying on such indicators to judge a ship’s fuel efficiency is nonsensical because in most cases they favor the fuel-thirsty ships. He suggested that the only real efficiency indicator is the charter-guaranteed speed and fuel consumption data.

David Nichol, Regional Loss Prevention Executive, Thomas Miller P&I (Europe) Ltd, gave a presentation regarding the “Pollution Prevention and Mitigation” and explained how The UK P&I Club Risk Assessment Scheme works towards that end. The scheme has at its core a team of experienced master mariners and chief engineers visiting hundreds of entered vessels at strategic ports around the world annually. These risk assessments focus on the cause of P&I claims and provide suggestions for improving on board preventative and recovery controls for specific hazard areas, including marine pollution. Mr. Nichol provided a brief overview of the scheme and showcased well illustrated examples of good ship board practice and common failures relating to pollution prevention.

Panel No.2 – Towards a Greener Future

Henning Gramann, Chairman, IHMA, talked about the “Inventory of Hazardous Materials: Current status & best practice”. Mr. Gramann noted that the new legal requirements for Recycling of Ships have become a pressing issue for all ships, no matter if brand new or very old. A key requirement all for EU-registered and all EU-visiting ships above 500GT is to have a certified Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) onboard until end of 2020. Approx. 30,000 ships are affected and time for IHM-development is short. During his presentation, Mr. Gramann gave insights into IHM development for new and existing ships, related capacity issues and how IHMA supports shipowners to meet the tight deadline.

Fotis Ploumitsakos, Naval Architect & Mechanical Engineer, EPE, gave a presentation entitled “Inventory of Hazardous Materials: From theory to practice’’. Mr. Ploumitsakos underlined the obligation for an IHM onboard all vessels with EU flags and those which visit EU ports according to the EU Ship recycling regulation 1257/2103. He referred to the practical parameters on the preparation of an IHM in order to be considered sufficient and also to the required qualifications and credentials for the HazMat Experts who are responsible to prepare it on behalf of ship operators.

Roberto Bernacchi, Shore-to-ship power & Smart Ports Global Product Manager, ABB, gave a presentation regarding the “Shore-to-Ship power applications”. As he explained, commercial ports are complex systems where goods and passenger traffic must be managed efficiently and in a sustainable way: all ports stakeholders, and amongst those terminal operators, shipowners and authorities, shall cooperate to achieve the lowest environmental impact, in order to be a role model for the communities in which they operate. In view of the above, Mr. Bernacchi highlighted that the top priorities for ports are the management of air quality, energy efficiency and noise management. Therefore, he said, the answer to those basic needs comes with port electrification and supplying vessels with shore power during their stay at berth.

Sotiris Raptis, Senior Policy Advisor for Environment and Safety, EcoPorts Coordinator, ESPO, referred to the “Sustainable policies of EU ports” at his presentation focusing on EcoPorts contribution. Mr. Raptis noted that EcoPorts has become the main environmental initiative of the European port sector to address current environmental challenges. It has provided a system developed by ports, for ports, specifically designed to put ESPO’s policies into practice by encouraging the free exchange of experience on environmental issues among its members. The overarching aim of EcoPorts is to increase awareness about environmental challenges, deliver compliance with legislation and to demonstrate a high standard of environmental management. He notified delegates that EcoPorts helps European ports be at the frontline taking initiatives to protect the environment, improve public health and address the challenges of climate change.

Panel No.3 – Challenges for the 2020 and beyond

Poul Woodall, Director Environment & Sustainability, DFDS A/S, presented “An operator’s concern about 0.5% sulphur cap from 2020”. Mr. Woodall shared DFDS views on the challenges ahead now that IMO has decided that the 0.5% Global Sulphur Cap will be effective in three years. Among the important issues for consideration will be the quantity, quality and cost of existing fuels in 2020, the logistics, the scrubber uptake and the refinery dilemma. At his presentation, Mr. Woodall highlighted that industry needs to gain experience feedback from the SECA implementation and look out for emerging issues, to ensure compliance in the most cost-efficient way.

Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA\LNG, focused on “The case of LNG as a fuel” and presented the scope of SEA\LNG multi-sector industry coalition. Mr. Esau explained that the coalition created with the aim to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel and to highlight the viability of and demand for LNG across the maritime value chain, creating the necessary confidence between each link. SEA\LNG focuses on addressing the commercial barriers to LNG, particularly in the deep-sea shipping segment. SEA\LNG brings together key players from across the supply chain, including shipping companies, classification societies, ports, major LNG suppliers, downstream companies, infrastructure providers and OEMs to address market barriers and transform the use of LNG as a marine fuel.

Franco Porcellacchia, Vice President, Ship Refit, Carnival Corporate, gave a presentation entitled “EGCSs and LNG ships” in which he illustrated Carnival’s plan installation of LNG solutions and its experience acquired by installing Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems. Both solutions were examined and compared considering the environmental and economic aspects and related features. In addition, Mr. Porcellacchia provided a recap of the current program of the Carnival EGCSs installation and some technical highlights.

Panayiotis Mitrou, Marine & Offshore Technology & Innovation Manager, Lloyd’s Register, gave a presentation entitled “Low Carbon Pathways – The 2020 Challenge and alternative fuels”. Mr. Mitrou noted that if shipping has a higher cost of decarbonisation than other sectors of the economy, it may be possible to offset some of shipping’s CO2 emissions by purchasing offsets from other sectors. He referred to major projects concerning the LNG as a fuel such as Poseidon Med II in which LR actively participates in setting a roadmap to LNG bunkering operations in East Mediterranean Sea. He concluded that futureproofing cannot be guaranteed, however, decabornisation is the mother of all challenges. Also, he advised not to think only about short-term but also beyond 2020.

Panel No.4 – Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Maker’s Panel

Marco Dierico, Marine Business Development EMEA, DuPont, discussed how to “Burn the most affordable fuel”. Considering the forthcoming regulations and the real short pay-back time for newbuilds applications, Mr. Dierico said that the marine scrubbers can provide the industry with a mature technology limiting the constraints and the availability uncertainties of sourcing the 0,5% sulphur fuel. Scrubbers will be the bridge to an LNG future fleet in 2030, he stated. Also, yards are providing scrubber ready designed ships incorporating our scrubber system to limit the associated installation and re-design costs.

Ole-Johan Øby Svendsen, Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Exhaust Gas Cleaning, presented means of meeting SOx emission compliance, including alternative technology. Mr. Svendsen referred to his company portfolio which includes inline and venturi type scrubbers, system configurations including open loop, closed loop and hybrid systems. He also presented a case study of OPEX, CAPEX and payback time for open loop, closed loop and hybrid as well as some selected reference projects along with the main figures of the reference list.

Marcello Vercellino, Sales Manager Marine Division, Ecospray Technologies, gave his advice on “Meeting environmental goals with innovation and experience in installing EGCS”. His presentation focused on innovation and knowledge gained from long lasting experience in the installation of EGCSs to meet the environmental commitments. In particular, Mr. Vercellino highlighted the additional benefits coming from the continuous development of EGCS software and automation, and from operators training.

Andrés Gómez, Global Market Director, Shanghai BlueSoul Environmental Technology Co. Ltd , focused on “IMO Sulphur Cap”. He stressed that time matters more than ever, considering that SOx emissions reduction is a reality and the environment will notice the benefits soon. His company was the first of its kind for a scrubber to receive AiP according to the new DNV GL rule set and the first for a Chinese scrubber manufacturer.

Panel No.5 – Ship Emissions Monitoring, Reporting & Verification

Helena Athousaki, Head of Maritime Sustainability Centre, PwC, presented the “EU MRV & proposed ETS legislation challenges”. She stated that considering shipping is responsible for the carriage of about 90% of the world trade, by sense it is a responsible sector. Although the industry is accountable for a small percentage of CO2 emissions and IMO developments aiming for a single solution, EU proceeds with regional measures. Starting this year with EU MRV regulation followed by a strong pressure for the sector’s inclusion in EU ETS, Mrs. Athoussaki noted that shipping will face some significant challenges in the future, both operationally and financially. Moreover, environmental regulations and current market conditions pave the way for companies to look beyond compliance and prepare with a long view strategy in order to sustain their business.

Kostas Vlachos, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Marine Management Inc., addressed the “Challenges on the implementation of the EU MRV” from the Ship Manager Perspective. Mr. Vlachos focused on the preparation of the Monitoring Plan and suggested that a Risk based approach is certainly required. He further presented the required Data Flow Activities for the control of data and referred to issues concerning the Quality assurance and Reliability of IT along with the required Internal Reviews and Validation of data.

John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development Hellenic, Black Sea Region & Middle East, Bureau Veritas, presented the “Challenges in the implementation of IMO and EU/MRV Regulation”. Dr. Kokarakis noted that the IMO system is simpler and efforts are performed to get some elements from the EU/MRV in order to reach harmonization. For example, issues like uncertainty of monitoring methods are not mentioned. The IMO system does not include publication of fuel consumption data under the name of ship and its publication will be anonymous whereas the EU/MRV is based on publication under the ship name. He also addressed the challenges concerning the proper preparation for the MRV.

Nikolas Theodorou, Managing Director, Verifavia Shipping Hellas, focused on the “EU MRV implementation” and explained the process of creating and approving a Monitoring Plan. He reminded that the Monitoring Plan is a mandatory requirement according to Article 6 of the EU MRV Regulation, which must be submitted to an independent accredited verifier before 31st Aug 2017 for assessment. The plan compiles all information on how the ship’s MRV system works and must be complete, accurate, relevant and compliant. Mr. Theodorou said that Verifavia Shipping is now offering a free use “Extranet” to facilitate for a straightforward, accurate, seamless and smooth Assessment experience.

Panel No.6 – Ballast Water Management

Dimitris Dedepsidis, Customer Service Manager, DNV GL, covered “Challenges in the forthcoming implementation of the BWMC”. He mentioned that this July at IMO MEPC 71 two alternatives will be discussed for the IOPP: the existing one (Compliance with D-2 at the first IOPP renewal survey after 8 Sept 2017) or a new proposed including a new compliance date to be set at the first IOPP renewal survey completed after 8 Sept 2017. He also noted that BWM is no longer an ad-hoc operation. It is essential that the Master, BWM officer and crew have an understanding of BWM. Therefore, personnel need to be well trained and assigned key responsibilities and ballasting operations should be planned.

Kristina Effler, Global Business Manager, PureBallast, Alfa Laval, said that “Pure confidence is a must for the future’’ and presented the existing legislative uncertainties concerning the Ballast Water Management Convention. On the one hand, the MPN method is still under discussion in the US. On the other hand, there are no regulated limits for disinfection by-products generated. Mrs. Effler noted that there is no clear route ahead as only three systems have acquired USCG approval so far. Therefore, it remains to see what will happen next until the implementation date. She referred to the challenges ahead and advised lesson learned: invest time in the project; identify the needs of your fleet; commit for the long term and; look closely at total cost of ownership.

Kashif Javaid , Sales Manager, OceanSaver, provided feedback from his BWMT which is the first electrochlorination system to obtain final USCG type approval certificate with no restriction regarding holding time, temperature, flow-rate and water quality. Mr. Javaid said that his company patented cell membrane electrodialylsis technology continuous to provide distinctive advantages. He advised operators to initiate retrofitting projects 8-10 months prior of expected DD in order to ensure smooth project handling.

Craig Patrick, Sales Director, Wartsila Water Systems Ltd, provided his feedback at the BWMS highlighting that serious volumes of equipment will have to be consumed by the industry due to the increased demand in the future. He also said that high ballast dependent vessels tend to choose EC technology, whereas low ballast dependent vessels choose UV. Important consideration is to offer flexibility and phases to the owner / manager operators. Normally there is not one only need – but a combination of equipment and services to satisfy customers’ needs. He further said that his company offers online training for both technologies so that the crew understands how the equipment works.

In the event closing, Mr. Apostolos Belokas, 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 2017 GREEN4SEA Awards for their contribution to a greener industry.

The winners of the 2017 GREEN4SEA Awards were presented at a prestigious award ceremony which took place one night before the conference, on April 4th at the Yacht Club of Greece. The GREEN4SEA Awards were awarded to organizations that demonstrated outstanding performance within the scope of fostering Environmental Excellence & Sustainable Shipping following an open nomination process.

The winners of the 2017 GREEN4SEA Awards are:

SEA\LNG received the GREEN4SEA Initiative Award, sponsored by OCEANKING, for bringing together industry’s key players with the aim to break down the commercial obstacles and transform the localized use of LNG as a marine fuel into a global reality. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: GloMEEP, Liberian Registry, Magnuss and Ursus Maritime Capital.

DFDS received the GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award, sponsored by ERMA FIRST, for shedding its focus on green shipping by introducing more efficient ship operations, rewarding crews for reducing fuel consumption, sharing best practices among the ships’ crews and investing in scrubber installations. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Ecoslops, GMS, Port of Rotterdam and Sustainable Shipping Inititiative.

ABB received the GREEN4SEA Technology Award, sponsored by Verifavia Shipping, for providing Sea Water Cooling Pumps and Engine Room Ventilation Fans Variable Frequency Drives Upgrade, which are energy efficient solutions offering savings between 40% – 80%, mitigation of cavitation risk, reliability and extended lifetime. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: I-Tech AB, GAC EnvironHull, OceanSeaver and Thordon Bearings.

MARTECMA received the GREEN4SEA Excellence Award, sponsored by Lloyd’s Register, for bringing together Greek Technical Managers to share experience feedback on how industry should tackle emissions by identifying the technical requirements of the abatement technology and scrubber designs. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: ESPO, IHMA, INTERTANKO and Port of Gothenburg.

Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management received the GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award, sponsored by ABS, for its presence in shipping with zero tolerance policy for environmental pollution and clear environmental procedures & equipment concerning regulation requirements for bulk carriers. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Danaos Corporation, ESL Shipping, TOTE Maritime and Wallem Ship Management.

Stena Bulk received the GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award, sponsored by Bureau Veritas, for actively working on improving its annual energy efficiency by implementing continuous improvements to technical solutions, energy management, optimisation and individual energy budgets produced for each vessel before every trip. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: StealthGas, Teekay and Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement.

Capt. Dimitrios Mattheou received the GREEN4SEA Personality Award, sponsored by DNV GL, for his overall contribution to the Green Award Scheme since being appointed as Chairman. He has played an important role on adding more value for its stakeholders, expanding further the scheme and increasing the involvement of certificate holders and incentive providers. This was a special category award after consideration and review of a list of “Editor’s Pick” nominees by the GREEN4SEA Team.

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Available at GREEN4SEA Flickr


Paper Magazine Coverage

Event will be covered on the forthcoming GREEN4SEA Log due to be issued in Summer 2017!


Lead Sponsors