10th GREEN4SEA Virtual Forum

The GREEN4SEA Virtual Forum is scheduled as 2-day event from Wednesday 21st to Thursday 22nd of April 2021!

This is an event aiming at a target group of Technical, Safety, Operations & Marine departments of Ship Operators and other industry stakeholders.

For more information about the GREEN4SEA Virtual Awards, please click here.

Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



Day 1 – Wednesday 21 April

Panel #1 – Green Shipping Challenges
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
07:00 GMT / 10:00 Athens / 15:00 SGT

Sulphur cap marked the beginning of the decade in which industry’s environmental agenda is overwhelmed with more regulations along with the decarbonization challenge. As we are heading towards a greener industry, the challenges around are many; thus, industry stakeholders need to be aware of the available options to comply accordingly.

  • What are the key green shipping challenges up to 2030?
  • Has the industry succeeded in enhancing its environmental performance so far? What should be the next goals?
  • What need to change to accelerate industry’s path towards a greener future?
  1. Nicholas Makar, Senior Vice President, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry
  2. Dr. William H. Moore, Global Loss Prevention Director, American Club
  3. Sotiris Raptis, Director Maritime Safety & Environment, ECSA
  4. Mark Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, The North of England P&I Association Ltd.
  5. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club

Panel #2 – Best Practices
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
08:30 GMT / 11:30 Athens / 16:30 SGT

To help protect the environment, many organizations are taking measures to lessen the environmental damage of their operations while enhancing their performance. Nowadays that climate change is one of the biggest future threats, it is imperative for all to behave in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • What are industry’s best practices to enhance environmental awareness and performance?
  • What are the key challenges across the industry for the time being and how they may be addressed?
  • How your approach may be of help to the market ?
  • Any success story and/or figures and/or KPIs to demonstrate effectiveness of your proposal?
  • Are there any best practices and lessons to be learned from the past and/or other industries that may help the industry move forward?
  1. Martin Hees, International Sales Manager, Aquametro Oil & Marine GmbH
  2. Jean-Philippe Gagnon, Field Applications Scientist, Telops
  3. Sarah Zitouni, Regional Sales Manager, Lean Marine
  4. Tom Evensen, Regional Category Manager, Hull Performance, Jotun

Panel #3 – Air Emissions
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
09:30 GMT / 12:30 Athens / 17:30 SGT

Poor air quality due to international shipping accounts for approximately 400,000 premature deaths per year worldwide, according to scientific studies. Ships generate SOx, NOx, PM and CO2 emissions as a result of the fuel used to power them and their detrimental impact on air quality continues to increase as the sector grows. IMO legislation bringing forward EEXI and CII is just the latest chapter of the compliance book

  • What are industry’s key challenges with regards to air emissions?
  • What should we expect with the EU ETS in the near future and possibly other market initiatives?
  • What are the next steps in implementing effectively strategy of air emissions reductions?
  1. Harilaos Psaraftis, Professor, Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  2. Edmund Hughes, Director,  Green Marine Associates Ltd.
  3. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers
  4. Dr. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development Hellenic-BS-ME Zone, Bureau Veritas
  5. Panos Kourkountis, Technical Director, Sea Traders SA

Panel #4 – Ballast Water Management
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
11:00 GMT / 14:00 Athens / 19:00 SGT

From 28 October 2020, BWTS are required to meet IMO BWMC type approval requirements, instead of the revised G8 guidelines, as well as USCG type approval regulations. Until today, USCG has granted 40 Type Approvals in total.

  • Where do we stand with BWMS? What is next on the regulatory agenda?
  • What are the key operational challenges of installing a BWMS? Is there a need for additional crew training?
  • What is the key feedback from the market for the BWTS installations and operation so far?
  • Any Lessons to be learned and Best practices to be shared?
  1. Dr.Efi Tsolaki, Chief Scientific Officer, ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A.
  2. Dimitris Tsoulos, Regional Sales Manager EMEA,  De Nora Marine Technologies
  3. Panos Smyroglou, Director of Business Development, Ecochlor
  4. Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting AS
  5. George Kriezis, Technical Manager, Neptune Lines Shipping and Managing Enterprises S.A.

Panel #5 – Scrubbers
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
12:30 GMT / 15:30 Athens / 20:30 SGT

Approximately 4,000 ships are currently fitted with scrubbers; on the occasion of the one year of IMO sulfur cap implementation, the Clean Shipping Alliance highlighted the important role that scrubbers play in supporting industry’s efforts for carbon neutrality as we are moving towards 2030.

  • Where do we stand with EGCS? What are the figures and lessons learned so far?
  • Are the incentives for installing or not a scrubber valid for the time being and in the future?
  • How should we approach the issue of the local restrictions with the open loop scrubbers?
  • What is the key feedback from scrubber operation so far?
  • Any Best Practices to be shared across the industry?
  1. Nick Confuorto, President & Chief Operations Officer, CR Ocean Engineering LLC
  2. Donald Gregory, Director,  EGCSA
  3. Chris McMenemy, CEO, Progreso Group
  4. Olli Somerkallio, COO,  Foreship Ltd.
  5. Jeanne M. Grasso, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Panel #6 – Ship Recycling
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
14:00 GMT / 17:00 Athens / 22:00 SGT

From January 2021, ships calling at EU ports, must carry an IHM certificate on board. Overall, the new legal requirements on ship recycling have become a pressing issue for all ships, no matter if they are brand new or very old. What is more, according to a recent development, the ship recycling capacity of India is expected to be doubled by 2024.

  • What are the key challenges with regards to ship recycling?
  • EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU-SRR) vs Hong Kong Convention (HKC) and IHM: Options and alternatives
  • Status at the existing shipbreaking yards and future prospects
  1. Henning Gramann, CEO, GSR Services GmbH
  2. Dr. Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman, International Ship Recycling Association
  3. Anna Kalogianni, Claims Executive, Standard Club

Panel #7 – ESG towards sustainable shipping
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
15:00 GMT / 18:00 Athens / 23:00 SGT

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and competitiveness, transparency and sustainability are two sides of the same coin. Whether regarded as new trend or as necessity, organizations that wish to thrive in the global maritime community should consider embedding ESG effectively into their strategy for growth and competitiveness.

  • What should be the top industry’s priorities in relation to ESG performance and Sustainable Shipping?
  • Which are the key barriers towards a more sustainable industry and how these can be turned into drivers and  opportunities?
  • Are there any best practices and lessons to be learned from the past and/or other industries?
  1. Carleen Lyden Walker,  Co-Founder/Executive Director, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)
  2. Kostas G. Gkonis, Secretary General, Intercargo
  3. Jan Fransen, Executive Director, Green Award Foundation
  4. Stavros Meidanis, Managing Director & Chief Sustainability Officer, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp
  5. Maria Kyratsoudi, Business Development Manager, ABS

Day 1 – Wednesday 21 April

GREEN4SEA Awards Ceremony
16:30 GMT / 19:30 Athens / 00:30 SGT (22 April)

Award categories:

  • GREEN4SEA Training Award
  • GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award
  • GREEN4SEA Initiative Award
  • GREEN4SEA Technology Award
  • GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award
  • GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award
  • GREEN4SEA Personality Award

Day 2 – Thursday 22 April

Panel #8 – LNG as a fuel
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
07:00 GMT / 10:00 Athens / 15:00 SGT

Many consider LNG as  a bridge fuel and others see it a more lasting solution in the decarbonization mix. LNG may be the best way today to accommodate the zero carbon fuels of tomorrow. Shell LNG Outlook for 2020, presented that the global LNG demand increased by 12.5% to 359 mtons in 2019, an important increase that boosts LNG’s role in the switch towards a lower-carbon energy system.

  • Market momentum and success stories
  • Key challenges, Drivers and Barriers as a marine fuel
  • CAPEX/OPEX and fuel price considerations along with any real life examples
  • Competitive strengths and weaknesses of against other fuel options
  1. Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA\LNG
  2. Carmelo Cartalemi, Business Development General Manager, WinGD
  3. Lampros Nikolopoulos, Projects & Dry Docking Engineer, Euronav Shipmanagement Ltd
  4. Antonis Trakakis, Technical Director, Marine, RINA
  5. Panayiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s Register

Panel #9 – LPG as a Fuel
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
08:30 GMT / 11:30 Athens / 16:30 SGT

The environmental performance of LPG as a fuel is close to LNG with some advantages, both of them being fossil fuels. LPG is the best dual fuel option for the significant existing fleet of LPG carriers. Furthermore bunkering is  one of the key benefits of LPG with import/export terminals and LPG carriers providing a wide network of outlets improving the suitability of the LPG as a marine fuel

  • Market momentum and success stories
  • Key challenges, Drivers and Barriers as a marine fuel
  • CAPEX/OPEX and fuel price considerations along with any real life examples
  • Competitive strengths and weaknesses of against other fuel options
  1. Nikos Xydas, Technical Director, World LPG Association
  2. Kjeld Aabo, Director New Technologies Sales and Promotion Two-stroke Marine, MAN Energy Solutions
  3. Kristof Coppé, Project Manager, EXMAR
  4. Peter Van de Graaf, Account Manager Belgium, Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore

Panel #10 – Ammonia as a fuel
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
10:00 GMT / 13:00 Athens / 18:00 SGT

Although there are many advantages from using ammonia as a marine fuel, there are also many challenges around which need to be controlled by technical and regulatory measures in order ammonia to become a feasible solution for a carbon-free shipping economy.

  • Market momentum and success stories
  • Key challenges, Drivers and Barriers as a marine fuel
  • CAPEX/OPEX and fuel price considerations along with any real life examples
  • Competitive strengths and weaknesses of against other fuel options
  1. Trevor Brown, Executive Director, Ammonia Energy Association
  2. Dr. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development Hellenic-BS-ME Zone, Bureau Veritas
  3. Dr. Michail Cheliotis, Research Associate, Maritime Safety Research Centre, University of Strathclyde
  4. Jan Flores, Vice President, NETSCo, Inc.

Panel #11 – Methanol as a fuel
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
11:30 GMT / 14:30 Athens / 19:30 SGT  

Methanol is a strong option in the battle of alternative fuels It is proven as a clean, efficient and safe fuel that offers immediate decarbonization benefits with substantial net GHG reductions, full compliance with IMO2020 and a pathway that leads to net carbon neutrality.

  • Market momentum and success stories
  • Key challenges, Drivers and Barriers as a marine fuel
  • CAPEX/OPEX and fuel price considerations along with any real life examples
  • Competitive strengths and weaknesses of against other fuel options
  1. Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute
  2. Berit  Hinnemann, Senior Innovation Project Manager, Technical Innovation,  A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S
  3. Stamatis Fradelos, Regional Bulk Carriers Segment Director, Maritime – South East Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV Hellas
  4. Garry Noonan, Head of Transition Technologies, Ardmore Shipping Services (Ireland) Limited
  5. Douglas Raitt, Regional Advisory Services Manager, Lloyd’s Register

Panel #12 – Hydrogen as a fuel
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
13:00 GMT / 16:00 Athens / 21:00 SGT

Hydrogen is building momentum globally as the probably the cleanest of all fuel solutions for the future; in that regard several shipping players have recently issued a joint letter to the EU Commission urging to promote the use of green hydrogen by ships as part of its upcoming maritime fuel law.

  • Market momentum and success stories
  • Key challenges, Drivers and Barriers as a marine fuel
  • CAPEX/OPEX and fuel price considerations along with any real life examples
  • Competitive strengths and weaknesses of against other fuel options
  1. Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association
  2. Jogchum Bruinsma, Project Manager Maritime Power Systems, Nedstack
  3. Joseph Pratt, CEO/CTO, Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine
  4. Konstantinos Theofanis Markou, General Manager, ClassNK

Panel #13 – Exploring Wind as an option
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
14:00 GMT / 17:00 Athens / 22:00 SGT

A 2017 EU-commissioned report predicted up to 10,000 wind propulsion installations within the next decade alone while many are the companies which have already engaged with, tested and installed wind propulsion systems. This is certainly a critical decade for wind propulsion developments as we have entered the path towards decarbonization.

  • Market momentum and success stories
  • Key challenges, Drivers and Barriers of wind as an option
  • CAPEX/OPEX considerations along with any real life examples
  • Competitive strengths and weaknesses of against other options
  1. Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA)
  2. Joe Plunkett, Senior Engineer, Anemoi Marine Technologies
  3. Martial Claudepierre, Global Market Leader Sustainable Shipping, Bureau Veritas
  4. Prof. Dr-Ing Orestis Schinas, Partner, HHX.blue

Panel #14 – Exploring Nuclear as an option
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
15:15 GMT / 18:15 Athens / 23:15 SGT

Nuclear is an issue of the past as the industry is maturing, arriving to advanced atomic with very promising 4th generation reactors. With the use of advanced atomic, ships will not be releasing any emissions, as it there are no SOx, NOx, CO2 or particulates. In fact, considering the full energy cycle atomic is millions of times more power-dense and cleaner compared to either fossil fuels or popular alternatives in the likes of methanol, ammonia and hydrogen.

  • Market momentum and success stories
  • Key challenges, Drivers and Barriers of wind as an option
  • CAPEX/OPEX considerations along with any real life examples
  • Competitive strengths and weaknesses of against other options
  1. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers
  2. Edmund Hughes, Director, Green Marine Associates Ltd.
  3. Giulio Gennaro, Technical Director, Core-Power


Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration


Kjeld Aabo, Director New Technologies Sales and Promotion Two-stroke Marine, MAN Energy Solutions

Kjeld Aabo holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a special diploma in marketing. He joined MAN Diesel in the Stationary Installation Department in 1983. In 1992, he was appointed section manager in the Marine Installation Department and in 1994 he was appointed manager of the Marine Installation Department. In 2002, Kjeld Aabo took over the Engineering Services Department and was appointed Senior Manager. In 2005, he took over the Research Centre Department. From November 2006, Kjeld Aabo was director of the department for Promotion & Customer Support and from March 2009 head of the Two-stroke Promotion department at the head office for two-stroke engines in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 2011 to 2014, Kjeld Aabo took over a position in Brazil as head of MAN Marine and Offshore division. After returning to Denmark in 2014 Kjeld Aabo is Director of new technologies in the Promotion and Sales department for two-stroke engines and GenSet engines. Kjeld Aabo is Chairman of the CIMAC Heavy Fuel Working Group (WG), and member of the ISO 8217 Heavy Fuel Oil Working Group.


Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA)

Gavin Allwright is the Secretary General of the International Windship Association (IWSA). www.wind-ship.org Established in 2014, this not-for-profit has grown to 130+ members from across the shipping industry and is working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. Alongside his work as association secretary, he also leads the policy work stream, requiring regular attendance at IMO, EU and national government level meetings and sits on the stakeholders advisory committee for the MTCC network at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). www.decadeofwindpropulsion.org

Gavin is also a non-executive board member for the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), a work package leader on the EU Interreg Wind Assist Ship Propulsion (WASP) and advisor on various shipping decarbonisation projects. He is a regular guest lecturer at the UN World Maritime University (WMU) and holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries and was an expert reviewer for the IPCC special report on 1.5C climate change.


Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA [Panel Moderator]

Apostolos is the Founder & Managing Director of the SQE Group, including SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY, SAFETY4SEA and RISK4SEA. He is a veteran Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with a 30 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent, Consultant and Project Manager. He entered shipping 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 specialization  as superintendent and later as a Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISPS/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC/DBMS), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 10,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE and Shipping related 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). Apostolos is the founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA that produces a wide range of paper magazines, the globally leading portal in Safety & Environmental protection for shipping (www.safety4sea.com) and numerous large scale events and he is a frequent speaker in many events across the globe, while he has chaired more than 70 large scale forums so far. You may explore more about the activities of the group at (www.sqegroup.com)


Jogchum Bruinsma, Head of Maritime Applications Nedstack

Jogchum Bruinsma is Head of Maritime Applications at Nedstack. Jogchum holds a Masters degree in Control Systems Engineering and a Bachelors in Industrial Automation of the HAN University of Applied Science. He is co-author of articles on the application of fuel cells and driving cycle characterization. Jogchum Bruinsma has worked in several of senior engineering and management positions at Boskalis and Huisman Etech Experts, where he was in involved in many innovative and challenging projects. He is a board member of ZESTA`s and actively involved in the Hydrogen Europe Maritime workgroup and the IEA-HIA task 39 expert group.



Trevor Brown, CFA, Executive Director of the Ammonia Energy Association

Trevor Brown is the Executive Director of the Ammonia Energy Association, a global trade association that promotes the responsible use of ammonia in a sustainable energy economy. Originally, Trevor was as an award-winning theater and film producer, in London and New York. He retrained in finance when he began to understand the climate change challenge, earning the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Since 2012, when he established himself as an independent ammonia industry analyst, he has been an agitator for the commercialization of sustainable ammonia synthesis technologies. Trevor is also a partner in Carbon-Neutral Consultants, a consulting firm established in 201


Carmelo Cartalemi, Business Development General Manager, WinGD

Carmelo Cartalemi is the Business Development General Manager at Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD). He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Genoa, an MBA in Management Technology and Economy from ETH Zurich and a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Naples. He has over 15 years of experience within the marine industry. After working some years for Fincantieri (2002-2008) as lead project engineer and for General Electric (2008-2010) as application engineer, he joined WinGD in 2010 where he has held several leadership positions in R&D and Sales. Currently, he is focusing on the digitalization era of the shipping industry and smart engine solutions.


Dr. Michail Cheliotis, Research Associate, Maritime Safety Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

Dr Michail Cheliotis has a master’s degree in Naval Architect and Marine Engineer from the University of Strathclyde, and he recently obtained his PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, specialising in ship maintenance and condition monitoring. He is currently a Research Associate at the Maritime Safety Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde, examining the safety aspects of alternative fuels (NH3, H2) for green shipping. He has a keen interest in the reliability and safety aspects of shipping through his involvement in different EU and UK funded research projects. Dr Cheliotis believes that the maritime industry is about to face an era of unprecedented uncertainty, driven by climate change and technological advancements and companies and individuals will need to adjust and exhibit greater agility and flexibility.


Martial Claudepierre, Global Market Leader Sustainable Shipping, Bureau Veritas 

Martial is at the position of Global Market Leader Sustainable Shipping in Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, Head of an expert Team developing Sustainability Port Folio of BV regarding Strategic Transformation on Decarbonization of Shipping, Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Systems, with a focus on Ammonia as fuel, electrification of shipping and Wind Assisted Propulsion. He was previously manager of the FP7 project Ulysses on innovative energy efficiency systems and has a Master Engineer Degree in Naval Shipbuilding. Prior to joining Bureau Veritas in 2006 as propulsion and safety design engineer, Martial has been working for more than 25 years with large experience oversea in Singapore and recently in Shanghai.


Nick Confuorto, President & Chief Operations Officer, CR Ocean Engineering LLC

Nicholas Confuorto (Nick) is the President and Chief Operations Officer of CR Ocean Engineering LLC. CR Ocean Engineering provides proprietary exhaust gas cleaning technologies (scrubbers), proprietary components and services to the maritime industry. Nick is 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 40 years of consulting, engineering, project management, purchasing, sales, marketing and research & development experience, Nick has been a strong advocate for the scrubbing industry and provides advice to the shipping industry on applying scrubbing technologies to meet regulatory requirements. Nick has authored many technical papers, magazine articles and books on the reduction of pollutants from various industries.


Kristof Coppé, Project Manager, EXMAR

Kristof Coppé – holds a master degree in electromechanical engineering – maritime technology from the University of Ghent. Started his carrier in the dredging industry as technical superintendent for six years after which he joined Exmar, first as technical superintendent and later, now already seven years, as project manager new building responsible for shipping projects. He is currently working on a.o. two 88,000 m3 Very Large Gas Carriers under construction at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, which will be propelled by LPG as Fuel.


Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute

Greg Dolan has held a variety of senior management positions with the Methanol Institute over the past 25 years, serving as CEO for the past decade. Mr. Dolan manages MI’s offices in Washington, Singapore, Brussels, Beijing, and Delhi, while directing international governmental relations, media relations, public education, and outreach efforts. He has presented papers on methanol-related topics at more than 100 international conferences, authored magazine articles, and written book chapters on the methanol industry. Mr. Dolan came to MI after spending a decade in a variety of public information positions in New York State, with the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Energy Research and Development Authority, and the Department of Transportation. Mr. Dolan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University, and did extensive post graduate work in Political Communication at the State University of New York-Albany.


Tom Evensen, Regional Category Manager, Hull Performance Jotun

Tom H Evensen is a former officer in the Royal Norwegian Navy. He served as Chief of Supplies on a coastguard vessel and has spent 5 seasons at sea. Having studied in Norway, Germany and the US he holds a Master of Science in Business and Economics. After graduation he joined Northern Europe’s largest consultancy company, Tieto. His primary focus being projects related to IT-systems development. He then moved into telecommunications, working as Export Manager for a company producing various accessories related to the mobile industry. Prior to his career in Jotun he worked for 7 years as Regional Sales Manager for a company within the building and construction industry. In 2009 he joined Jotun as Product Manager for the SeaQuantum range, then progressed to Group Category Manager for the Antifouling department and in 2011 he joined the Hull Performance Solutions team as Sales Director. In early 2018 he was assigned the role as Deputy Project Manager for the Hull Skating Solutions project (HSS) and held that position until the solution was launched in May 2020. In early 2021 he took on the position as the Regional Category Manager Hull Performance for Western Europe and Scandinavia


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


Jan Flores, Vice President, NETSCo, Inc.

As Vice-president of NETSCo, Jan leads the firm providing complete ship, tug, and barge designs of all types from concept design through construction. Jan also leads all initiatives in marine environmental solutions, such as ballast water treatment systems (BWMS), exhaust gas scrubbers (EGS), use of alternative fuels, (LNG, CNG, Methanol, Ammonia), Hybrid and Fuel Cell technologies, among others. Mr. Flores’ maritime and offshore industry career spans over 30 years in engineering, project manager and business development. Prior to joining NETSCo, Jan was head of offshore development at Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) involving FSO, FPSO, and Shuttle Tanker Projects. Jan began his maritime career at Crowley Maritime Corporation where he held various positions within the marine transportation and offshore segments, including operations and project management, marine and technical superintendent and marine engineering. Mr. Flores graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, with specialization in naval architecture. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in naval architecture and marine engineering.


Stamatis Fradelos, Regional Bulk Carriers Segment Director, Maritime – South East Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV Hellas 

Stamatis Fradelos is Regional Bulk Carriers Segment Director in DNV Business Development team providing insight into future business initiatives, market drivers and services for inclusion in local and regional business plans and following regulatory and technological developments focused on bulk carriers. Prior to joining DNV, Stamatis worked as a marine field surveyor for five years at the Hellenic Register of Shipping, spent six years at Lloyd’s Register as a Plan Approval Engineer and yachts’ Surveyor and more than six years at ABS in different roles as Principle Engineer at Operational and Environmental Performance team, manager at Advisory Services, business development Director and representing ABS on the IACS Environmental Panel. Stamatis has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.Sc. in Marine Technology and Science and a M.Sc. in Engineering – Economic Systems.


Jan Fransen, Executive Director, Green Award Foundation

Jan Fransen, Executive 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 Executive Director. His previous positions include Nautical Officer ocean going vessels and several positions at the Dutch Ministry of Transport and the Port of Rotterdam dealing with vessel traffic management and both land and water based casualties in port. Jan can be seen as the ‘expedition leader’ of Green Award. In the past 27 years he, supported by the Green Award Board and the Board of Experts, faced several challenges related to staff & finance, development of requirements and growth of number of ships as well as incentive providers. He visits ports and port authorities, embassies, ministries and certificate holders in order to inform them about the Green Award Foundation and establish relations. As of January 2021 the Green Award Foundation executes the operational management of the ESI (environmental ship index) program under the umbrella of IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbours) and on behalf of its participating ports. 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.



Jean-Philippe Gagnon, Field Applications Scientist, Telops

Jean-Philippe Gagnon holds a master’s degree in physics and worked at Telops since 2005. Since then, Jean-Philippe has been involved in the development of infrared cameras and hyperspectral infrared imagers. As a field applications scientist, Jean-Philippe works with Defense and Security Labs, Industrial Labs and University Research Centers worldwide to perform measurement campaigns and support their data analysis efforts in a wide range of applications.



Dr. Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman, International Ship Recycling Association

Dr Konstantinos Galanis has over 30 years of professional & academic experience. In Jan 2020 he was elected as Chairman of the International Ship Recycling Association. He is a Director at Dido Shipping Company S.A. and held senior positions at shipping companies including one publicly listed at Nasdaq, USA. He is a Lecturer at the Institute of Charterer Shipbrokers, Hellenic Branch teaching Maritime Economics. He serves MIT as Educational Counselor and he is the Founder of Shipping for Kids. He has also served for 8 years’ onboard ships and has taught for several years courses related to Naval Architecture & Marine Hydrodynamics. He is a member of ABS European Technical and ClassNK Greek Technical Committees. He has published several papers at International Journals, Conferences and events and has written several technical reports and projects. Konstantinos holds three graduate degrees from MIT, namely PhD in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering and Applied Mechanics, M.Sc. in Ocean Systems Management and B.Sc. in Naval Engineering.


Giulio Gennaro, Technical Director, CORE POWER UK

Giulio Gennaro, born in December 1972, is an Italian Chartered Mechanical Engineer, graduated from University of Genoa, Italy, with more than 20 years of very diversified experience in the Marine Industry: Class Surveyor, Failure Investigator, Engineering Consultant, Technical Director. He has always been interested in ways to raise ship propulsion efficiency and to reduce total life cycle costs, emissions and externalities. He started his career developing expertise related to Machinery, especially Diesel Engines (operation, maintenance and failure investigation). From there he moved to Ship Propulsion (design, verification, optimization, sea trials, monitoring performance analysis) and then to Energy Efficiency (high efficiency propellers and propulsion improvement devices), Total Life-Cycle Optimization, Asset Integrity and Asset Management. Since 2017 he has been engaged in reviewing and evaluating alternatives for shipping decarbonization and started considering MSRs as the dominant option to achieve it. He started cooperating with Core Power in 2018.


Kostas G. Gkonis, PhD, Director & Secretary General, INTERCARGO (the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners)

Kostas is a professional with some 20 years of experience. His current areas of interest include sustainability, ESG, and innovation. His work has been focusing on maritime policy matters and the shipping industry’s decarbonisation, environmental soundness, operational and energy efficiency. He has been Director and Secretary General of INTERCARGO since 2016, during which time the Association’s Membership has more than doubled to over 25% (basis deadweight) of the global dry bulk fleet, bringing together some 220 companies from 30 countries and promoting quality dry bulk shipping. He holds a PhD in Maritime Transport from the National Technical University of Athens – NTUA (Laboratory for Maritime Transport, School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering), a M.Sc. in International Business (Manchester School of Management, UMIST) and a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in energy (NTUA).



Henning Gramann, CEO, GSR Services GmbH

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”.



Jeanne M. Grasso, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Jeanne M. Grasso is a partner at Blank Rome LLP, and Co-Chair of the Maritime & International Trade Practice Group. Jeanne focuses her practice on maritime and environmental law for domestic and international clients. She regularly counsels owners and operators of vessels, charterers, cargo owners and facilities on maritime and environmental issues, including ballast water, air emissions, port-State control, and coastwise trade. Her practice involves counseling on all aspects of maritime and environmental regulatory compliance related to U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Maritime Administration, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection matters; internal and grand jury investigations; defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions; and pollution incident response. Jeanne is ranked by Legal 500 as a Tier 1 “Transport: Shipping” attorney, ranked by Chambers USA as a Band 1 “Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory” lawyer, and named by Lloyd’s List as one of the “Top Ten” lawyers for shipping law in 2015. She is a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where she speaks on legal issues related to pollution response for the Academy’s Qualified Individual training program. Jeanne writes and lectures extensively on criminal enforcement of environmental laws and U.S. Coast Guard regulatory matters. She also conducts training sessions and assists clients with establishing compliance programs in an effort to avoid enforcement actions. Jeanne has been extensively involved in the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (“WISTA”), having served as president of WISTA USA from 2008 through 2013, prior to being elected to WISTA’s International Board in 2013, where she served for six years. Jeanne now serves on the Board of WISTA USA. Jeanne has also served on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center since 2007. Jeanne is a member of the Maritime Law Association and was recently appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation’s Dinner Committee for the Annual Tribute Dinner in Our Nation’s Capital.


Donald Gregory, CEng., FIMarEST, Director of EGCSA (Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems) Association

Don has 14 years seagoing experience. He is a Past Chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and previous Chair of the WG on IMO Guidelines for EGCS. He worked for 20 years in BP Marine in a range of technical roles culminating in Director for Sustainability. Don sits on the CIMAC & ISO marine fuels WG and CIMAC lubricants WG for Gulf Oil Marine. Current areas of focus include the implementation of sustainable EGCS solutions for emissions compliance.



Martin Hees, International Sales Manager, Aquametro Oil & Marine GmbH

Martin Hees has graduated from Technical University of Mannheim Germany and University of Maryland and holds an engineering degree in process engineering. From 1995 on, he is working for different renowned companies in the field of industrial metering and energy savings. Since 2017, he is responsible as International Sales Manager within Aquametro Oil & Marine for Marine as well as for on/off road customers.


Berit Hinnemann, Senior Innovation Project Manager, Technical Innovation, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S

Berit is working at Maersk with decarbonization and especially with the development and supply of carbon-neutral marine fuels such as green methanol and ammonia. Before joining Maersk in April 2020, Berit worked for Haldor Topsoe for 13 years in roles within R&D, business development, technology scouting and corporate strategy. Before that, Berit worked as a research scientist in materials science at Princeton University. Berit holds a MSc in Physics from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a PhD in Physics from the Technical University of Denmark with a focus on catalysis and ammonia synthesis.


Edmund Hughes, Director, Green Marine Associates Ltd.

Dr Edmund Hughes is Director of Green Marine Associates Ltd. a UK based independent consultancy specialising in maritime policy development, regulatory implementation and management and mitigation of risk with a focus on the decarbonisation of ships. Previously Dr Hughes was Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized technical agency responsible for the regulation of international shipping. As a member of the IMO Secretariat for over 9 years his responsibilities covered MARPOL Annex VI, the International Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, including regulations on controlling emissions to air such as IMO 2020; energy efficiency for ships; and IMO’s work to address GHG emissions from international shipping including the development and adoption of the Initial IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships. Prior to joining the IMO, Dr Hughes held roles in the United Kingdom’s civil service including in HM Treasury the UK’s Finance and Economics Ministry, where he worked on risk management and corporate governance, and the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency, where he held policy roles in safety management (ISM Code) and environment (Ballast Water Management and Air Pollution). Prior to that he worked in academia researching engineering design and systems failure. He has a PhD and a degree from Cranfield University in the UK.



Anna Kalogianni, Claims Executive, Standard Club

Anna Kalogianni is a dual qualified lawyer, UK solicitor and Greek lawyer. Anna is currently Claims Executive of the European Division at Standard Club.  Joined the club’s London office almost six years ago and handled a variety of P&I and Defence cases over the years. Recently relocated to the club’s office in Greece to join the claims team.




Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club

Kostas is a Greek Master Mariner with significant seagoing experience on-board Bulk Carriers and Cruise Ships. Prior to joining Thomas Miller’s Hellas office in December, 2019 he worked as Claims Manager for a local hull insurer, garnering more than 10 years of experience within the marine insurance industry. Kostas is certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping as an ISM and ISPS Internal Auditor. He deals with Loss Prevention related matters and operational enquiries for local Members, and he also conducts crew seminars.



Dr George A. Kriezis, Naval Architect and Marine Engineer

Education: B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD from MIT in the department of Ocean Engineering

Twenty nine years of experience in technical ship management in various positions in Greek shipping companies dealing with different ship types such as Bulkers, Tankers, Containerships and Car carriers. The last 14 years as Technical Manager of Neptune Lines and Neptune Dry dealing mostly with car carriers in short sea shipping and bulk carriers. Member of SNAME, Martecma, Executive committee of Intercargo, and the Technical committees of DNVGL and LLOYD’S Register.



Dr. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development Hellenic-BS-ME Zone, Bureau Veritas

Dr Kokarakis a 1979 graduate of National Technical University of Athens, holds PhD (1986) and Masters degrees in Naval Architecture (1983) and 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 of marine accidents. In his capacity as a forensic engineer he participated in the technical investigation of the Exxon Valdez grounding, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the drillship Sea-Crest capsize, the Piper Alpha fire and explosion, the Aleutian Enterprise foundering in Alaska as well as many other accidents of less notoriety. In addition, he was a technical consultant for SEALAND, APL, MATSON Navigation, Chevron and other companies. The last twenty years he works in Greece, in the area of classification. Having served in the plan approval office of American Bureau of Shipping in Piraeus, he then joined Germanischer Lloyd heading their tanker and bulk carrier team in Greece. He is currently the Technical Director of Bureau Veritas in the Hellenic and Black Sea & Adriatic Zone. 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. He is a member of SNAME since 1976 and a Fellow of the Society. He is currently the Chairman of the Greek Section since 2014. He has also served as International Vice President of the Society and a Member of the Fellows Committee.


Panos Kourkountis, Technical Director, Sea Traders SA

Mr Panos Kourkountis is an experienced Technical Director in the shipping industry. He studied Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens. From 1994 until 2018 he worked in Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd, as Superintendent, Site manager of new building projects, Technical Manager and Technical Director. In January 2018 he joined G.Procopiou Group of companies as Technical Director of Sea Traders SA. He is a member of Hellenic Technical Chamber (TEE), Technical Committee of  Union Greek Shipowners, ABS Europe Technical Committee, Lloyd’s Register Hellenic Technical Committee, DNV Greek Technical Committee, RINA Technical Committee, BV Technical Committee, Technical committee of Intercargo, Marine Technical Managers Association (MAR.TEC.MA), Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers SNAME, Naval Architects Association of Greece, Mechanical Engineers’ Association of Greece, Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (ELINT).


Maria Kyratsoudi, Business Development Manager, ABS

Prior to joining ABS, Maria worked for another class society for eleven years as Global FOBAS Business Development Manager providing also technical advice on fuel quality and on-board fuel management. She represented this class society in various industry organizations meetings (Intertanko, Martecma etc) and other fora on fuel quality testing issues, alternative fuels, Sulphur 2020 matters. She has also previously worked as a plan approval engineer. Maria Kyratsoudi holds an MSc in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an LLM from the City University of London.


Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association

Madadh MacLaine is the Founder and Secretary-General of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association (ZESTAs), CEO of Zero Emissions Maritime Technology Ltd (ZEM-Tech), co-founder of the International Windships Association (IWSA), and an active IWSA board member until March 2020. She has a background in hydrogen water electrolysis and maritime systems having represented ITM Power, plc, in the Maritime industry and in sustainable development as the founder of the NGO, Fair Winds Trust. Madadh has been working in zero-emissions shipping since she began designs for a ZE multi-access cargo ship in 2000. Frustrated by the lack of available technology, she set off on a course to bring ZE Ship Technology to the market and founded ZESTAs to promote the interests of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Industry. The goals of ZESTAs are to support ZE Technology development, represent its interests in the international shipping industry and regulatory bodies, and ensure a level playing field for Zero Emissions Ship Technologies, as well as shipowners, who are coming under increasing pressure to decarbonize their fleets.


Nicholas Makar, Senior Vice President, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

Mr. Makar joined IRI in 2004 as Vice President, Technical / Investigations after working at sea as an engineering officer on United States flag commercial vessels. He was appointed to Vice President, Regulatory Affairs in 2009 and later worked for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as a Principal Engineer assisting in developing regulatory policies and training materials.  He rejoined IRI in September 2017 and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Maritime Administration / Regulatory Affairs in June 2019. He has extensive experience representing the Republic of the Marshall Islands at various International Maritime Organization and International Labour Organization meetings, actively participating in the development of numerous international shipping convention amendments and codes.Mr. Makar earned a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College in 1996 and holds a Chief Engineer’s license for Steam and Gas Turbine Vessels of Any Horsepower.


  Chris McMenemy, CEO, Progreso Group 

Chris McMenemy is an entrepreneur dedicated to innovation in marine and wider industrial sectors. In 2012, Chris co-founded Cleanship – a retrofit engineering company dedicated to helping shipowners comply with environmental legislations. Between 2018 and 2020, Cleanship undertook over 130 scrubber retrofit projects. As a self-professed serial entrepreneur, Chris is also co-founder and acting CEO of Progreso Group – a collection of companies and brands which share a common goal of utilising innovation and disruption to transform the industrial world – as well as PROPEL – The Seafarer’s Social Network. Chris is highly passionate about technology, business model innovation and the disruption of established industries.


Stavros Meidanis, Managing Director & Chief Sustainability Officer, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp

Stavros Meidanis, with over 24 years experience in shipping industry, first joined Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LRS) 1999 and worked as a Marine Surveyor and Quality Lead Auditor. In 2006, he was appointed Marine Client Manager for Lloyd’s Register. From November 2008, he was promoted to Global Manager/ Principal Surveyor for Marine Management and Safety Systems for Lloyd’s Register Group. He was also responsible for the implementation of LR’s Group Strategy regarding Marine Management Systems in the Supply Chain across the world. From August 2013, he joined the leading shipping company Capital Ship Management Corp, taking the position of DPA/CSO and Safety & Quality Manager. He had the responsibility of Safety & Operational performance -focusing on safety, environmental and energy – of Capital Ship Management fleet –total of 70 vessels, including Oil/ Chemical Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Containers. From January 2021, Stavros was appointed Managing Director of Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp, as well as Chief Sustainability Officer of Capital Maritime (Capital Group). Stavros has an extended experience on several business segments such as Tankers, LNG, Containers and Bulk Carriers. He has published a plethora of technical papers and studies in shipping industry. He is holding degrees in Marine Engineering, Economics and Business Administration. He has successfully completed several Executive Business & Technical degrees from well reputed institutions like LSE and MIT, participating in several working groups studies. Stavros, has being Clinical Professor/ Guest Lecturer in several Academic Institutions.


Panayiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s Register

Panos Mitrou has been with LR for 15 years and currently holds the position of Global Gas Segment Manager, based in Piraeus. His primary focus is on areas like the seaborne gas supply chain, LNG and other gas as fuel, as well as gas floating solutions, delivering an enhanced service portfolio to the shipping community. He has held commercial and technology positions since 2012 and has been deeply involved in the setup and materialization of several funded projects related to alternative fuels and innovation in the maritime sector. Since 2013, he has initiated Poseidon Med, a key cross-border European project, introducing LNG bunkering in Eastern Mediterranean maritime transportation. During his seven year service with Lloyd’s Register Piraeus Technical Support Office, he has dealt with series of statutory and other reviews, ranging from BWM to MARPOL and the IBC and IGC Codes. In this context he has supported and lead the implementation of several pieces of new legislation. Since 2007 he has represented Lloyd’s Register in a number of international forums, conferences and projects. Panos holds a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer Diploma from NTUA and an MBA in Shipping from ALBA Business School. He is currently a PhD candidate in Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, at University of Strathclyde with focus on optimizing the shipping decarbonization pathway.



William H.Moore, Dr. Eng. Global Loss Prevention Director, The American P&I Club

Dr. Moore is the Global Loss Prevention Director at Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., managers of the American Club. In that capacity, he brings 23 years of experience to the development and implementation of the Club’s loss prevention initiatives to assist shipowners in the reduction of maritime risks and incidents. He formerly worked at ABS in New York and Gard Services in Norway. He acquired his doctorate degree at the University of California at Berkeley in Naval Architecture & Offshore Engineering and is also a graduate of Ocean Systems Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Moore is also formerly the Chairman of the IMO’s Joint Maritime Safety Committee & Marine Environmental Protection Committee’s working group on the Human Elemen


Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting

Jad Mouawad is a Naval Architect, graduated in 2005 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has since had several positions in the maritime industry, first at the Norwegian Maritime Administration (NMA), before joining DNV GL where he started and developed their class services for Ballast Water Management. In 2013, Jad Mouawad founded Mouawad Consulting which has become a major engineering and consultancy firm specialized in Ballast Water Management, with offices in Norway, China, Korea, Panama and Lebanon. Jad Mouawad issued type approval certificates for more than 11 Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) and initiated the development of the first DNV GL rules for installation of BWMS onboard ships. He also contributes heavily to the development of the guidelines of the BWM Convention, developed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the ISO Technical Committee dealing with standards for BWM. Mouawad Consulting has delivered over 200 retrofit projects ranging from small-sized vessels to very large bulkers and tankers; as well as service and maintenance packages for BWMS under operation.


Lampros Nikolopoulos, Projects & Dry Docking Engineer, Euronav Shipmanagement Ltd

Lampros Nikolopoulos is the Projects & Dry Docking Engineer of Euronav. He is responsible for all aspects of the Dry Dockings, Repairs and BWTS Installations of the Euronav Fleet. In the meantime he works together with the company’s Projects Manager on prospective Newbuilding Projects as well as novel new , zero carbon ship design concepts. He joined the company’s Technical Department as a Junior Technical Superintendent in 2017. Prior joining Euronav he worked for 4 years in Starbulk SA as Newbuildings and Dry Dockings Engineer. He studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens and is completing his PhD Thesis in the University of Strathclyde. His research is focused in the field of Simulation Based Ship Design Optimization under uncertainty with the use of big data and digital twin surrogate models.


Garry Noonan, Head of Transition Technologies, Ardmore Shipping Services (Ireland) Limited

Gary Noonan is a marine engineering professional with a passion for new and innovative technologies spending 15 years at sea and 6 years ashore with Ardmore. He is a hands-on leader and teacher with a deep understanding of mechanical efficiencies and improvement opportunities who has a track record of LNG and oil tanker sailing experience with a proven track record in safety improvements and operational risk management. Mr Noonan is Ardmore representative and a contributing member on the Getting To Zero Coalition – Future Fuels group.


Harilaos Petrakakos, Senior Consultant, P&P Marine Consultants

Harilaos Petrakakos became a Marine Consultant mid 1977. He has successfully supported owners, banks and insurance companies with difficult technical cases in Ship Building, H & M Claims, Technical Management and business development. He has built and repaired a good number of diversified ships the world over. He has been a speaker and conference chairman in Shanghai Ship Finance for many years and has presented in conferences in Athens, Greece. He holds two M.Sc. degrees from MIT in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and in Shipping and Shipbuilding Management. He is the treasurer/secretary of the executive committee of SNAME-Greek Section, member of ELINT, The Propeller Club, MIT Alumni Club of Greece and Director and one of the founding members of MIT Enterprise Forum – Greece. He is the Chairman of Panel M-48 of SNAME “Nuclear Power Propulsion in Merchant Ships


Dr. Joseph Pratt, CEO and CTO, Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine

Dr. Joseph Pratt serves as CEO and CTO of Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine.  He has academic, R&D, and commercial expertise in zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell maritime technology with over 20 years’ experience in hydrogen fuel cells including 8 years at Sandia National Laboratories.  He has authored a book chapter, numerous technical reports, and peer-reviewed journal articles, has given countless presentations and invited talks, and created a hydrogen-specific training course. He has been featured as a technical expert on marine fuel cells and an impactful entrepreneur on NPR and in numerous local and international outlets.


Joe Plunkett, Senior Engineer, Anemoi Marine Technologies

Joe is a Chartered Engineer, having studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He has been with Anemoi since its inception, working across all aspects of Rotor Sail technology development from early research and design of the first Rotors through to the commercial product available today. Anemoi’s Rotor Sail design is firmly rooted in research, which has played a large part in Joe’s role. He was heavily involved in the set-up of Anemoi’s UK based test facility, which he continues to use today, running investigations and gathering data to improve all aspects of Anemoi Rotor performance. Joe also played a significant role in the manufacture and installation of Rotor Sails on the m/v Afros, sailing with the ship for testing and commissioning in 2018 and continuing to gather and analyse data from the vessel to better understand the performance of the Rotors at sea. Today, Joe’s focus is on the continued development of Rotor Sail technology to achieve enhanced results and reduce future emissions, for which he is passionate about.


Harilaos Psaraftis, Professor, Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Harilaos N. Psaraftis is a Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Technology, Management and Economics. He has a diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (1974), and two M.Sc. degrees (1977) and a Ph.D. (1979) from MIT, USA. He has been Assistant and Associate Professor at MIT from 1979 to 1989 and Professor at NTUA from 1989 to 2013.  He has participated in some 55 research projects, of which 25 from the EU. He has been a member and chairman of various groups at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and has also served as CEO of the Piraeus Port Authority (1996 -2002). He has published extensively and has received several academic and industry awards. His latest book is entitled “Sustainable Shipping: A Cross-Disciplinary View”, Springer (2019).


Douglas Raitt, Regional Advisory Services Manager, Lloyd’s Register

Douglas has a strong background – spanning over 20 years – in marine fuels and ships’ propulsion machinery. He has managed a variety of laboratories and inspection offices prior to joining Lloyd’s Register in 2005 to lead its Fuel Oil Bunkering Advisory Services’ business through to 2013. From 2013 onwards he has held the post of Regional Advisory Services Manager Asia dealing with the non-Class services Lloyd’s Register offers the marine industry. Currently, he manages the marine advisory services in Asia in the area of non-Class related projects, such as for example asset life extension consultancy, port consultancy, yard assessments and a variety of fuel related consultancy projects in the area of 2020 fuels, LNG and methanol as a marine fuel to name but a few.


Sotiris Raptis, Director Maritime Safety & Environment, ECSA

Sotiris Raptis joined ECSA last year as director for environment and safety. Previously, Sotiris worked in ESPO as senior advisor for environment and Ecoports’ coordinator and as shipping officer at Transport & Environment being responsible for the clean shipping campaign at IMO and EU level. He also worked at the European Parliament as a policy advisor on environment, transport and legal affairs. A qualified lawyer, Sotiris speaks Greek and English. He studied at the University of Thessaloniki, the University of Athens and 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.


Prof. Dr-Ing Orestis Schinas, Partner, HHX.blue 

Schinas is partner and founder of HHX.blue, a Hamburg/Kiel based specialized entity that provides ship financing services with a special focus on greening. Moreover, Schinas is Professor of Shipping and Ship Finance at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA). His professional career includes large corporate projects, as well as advanced research and business development assignments, and has offered his services to organizations, such as IMO, IMSO and the European Agencies.



Mark Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, The North of England P&I Association Ltd.

Mark Smith worked as a Marine Engineer, Technical Superintendent and Fleet Superintendent for large container carriers before working as a Loss Prevention Executive at North P&I Club. At North, Mark has been actively involved with preparing material on IMO 2020 as well decarbonisation.



Panos Smyroglou, Director of Business Development, Ecochlor

Panos Smyroglou has more than 25 years of extensive experience in the maritime industry. In 2020, Mr. Smyroglou was named Director of Business Development for Ecochlor. He established the Ecochlor office in Athens to better support our existing and new customers in Greece, one of the largest shipping markets in the world and in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Ecochlor, Mr. Smyroglou founded Abacus Marine Consultants, a company focused on ship repairs and equipment. He began his career with class and flag surveys, supervising ship repairs and conversions for three years and then spent over a decade as a commercial manager for one of the oldest marine technical marine consultants, surveyors, valuers, appraisers and arbitrator’s offices in Greece. He oversaw more than 300 dry-docking and ship repair projects, both for the associated Greek shipowners as well as representing carefully selected Principals. Mr. Smyroglou received a B.Eng. in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering from Glasgow University and an MSc. in Naval Architecture from Southampton University


Olli Somerkallio, Chief Operating Officer, Foreship Ltd

Qualified to MSc level in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Olli Somerkallio has extensive industrial experience in both disciplines. After joining Foreship in 2014 as Project Manager, Olli was appointed to head up the company’s machinery department on its formation in 2015. In early 2020, he was appointed to establish and lead Foreship GmbH, Foreship’s new Hamburg-based subsidiary, as Managing Director. November 2020 saw Olli return to Helsinki, and move into the role of COO at Foreship Ltd. After nearly five years’ experience as Head of Machinery at Foreship Ltd, preceded by three years at leading marine technologies provider Wärtsilä, Olli has developed significant insights in the field of environmental solutions. He has specialist knowledge in exhaust gas cleaning and ballast water treatment systems and advises owners and operators on installation, regulatory compliance, equipment selection and more.


Konstantinos Theofanis Markou, General Manager, ClassNK 

Konstantionos Theofanis Markou has graduated from National Technical University of Athens in 1992, and started his career in the maritime industry in 1996 as Superintendent Engineer at Ionian Maritime Enterprises S.A. He has cultivated his knowledge as Superintendent Engineer by experiencing newbuildings such as ULCC, VLCC, and more at Greece and also at South Korea. In October 2001, he has joined ClassNK and has been serving for almost 20 years. From April 2021 he will serve as a General Manager of Piraeus Office.


 Antonis Trakakis, Technical Director, Marine, RINA 

Antonios Trakakis graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Dept of National Technical University of Athens in 1989 and carried out graduate studies at von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in the field of Turbomachinery. He started his career as Cadet Engineer in 1989 and continued in 1993 as 3rd Engineer. He worked as spare parts operator and Assistant Superintendent in ANEK Lines from 1994 to 1997 when he joined Superfast Ferries. He became Technical and Environmental Manager in 2000, and in 2006 he joined Kristen Marine and afterwards the newly established Soloi. In 2008 he moved to Hellenic Seaways and in 2010 joined Arista Shipping that was just entering in the bulk carrier sector. In October 2020 he joined RINA as Technical Director, Marine. Antonios has extensive experience with all regular and irregular matters involved with the technical operations of a shipping company, as well as with new building projects, sea trials and factory testing of engines. He has studied extensively the challenges and benefits associated with the application of natural gas as fuel.


Dr. Efi Tsolaki, Chief Scientific Officer, ERMA FIRST S.A.

Efi started her journey in Environmental Engineering in 1998. Wastewater treatment and management “enslave” her interests. Through her PhD back in 2005 in Technical University of Crete, Greece, she was introduced to the problem of Invasive Species and ballast water. She is the first academic in Greece with specialization in Ballast Water and joined ERMA FIRST in early 2010. From the beginning of her career in the marine industry she was focused on Research and Development, certification of the systems and environmental policies. She acts as the Chief Scientific Officer of the company with main responsibility of the certification process, applying all relevant international regulations, business development worldwide and environmental compliance, safety and marine preservation. She is the President of BEMA (Ballast water Manufactures Association), Part of Greek Delegation on IMO Committees MEPC and PPR as Technical Advisor and participates in Ballast water Expert Group on IMAREST


Dimitris Tsoulos, Regional Sales Manager EMEA, De Nora Marine Technologies

Dimitrios Tsoulos is the Regional Sales Manager for De Nora’s BALPURE Ballast Water Management System. Located in Athens Greece, he is responsible for the territories of Europe, Middle East and Africa but also, for the business in S. Korea. Tsoulos holds a Batchelor in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Power Engineering and Management. He combines a strong technical know-how with a solid business background and proven work experience. Between 2001 and 2004, Dimitrios Tsoulos, as a Project Engineer and then as a certified Project. Manager in Siemens, was responsible for Electrotechnical projects in naval and commercial maritime industry. Since 2005 he was Head of Siemens Water Technologies Business Unit in Greece and since 2010 was a member of the core Ballast Water Management System global development and sales team. After the successful Water Technologies Business unit divestment from Siemens in 2012 and establishment of Evoqua WT, he was responsible for the Electocatalytic Products, Systems and Services for the Marine market in South Europe and Middle East, leading the regional sales and marketing of Evoqua’s Ballast Water Management System.


Peter Van de Graaf, Account Manager Belgium, Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore

After finishing nautical college in Antwerp, served as Marine Engineer on board several ship types up to Chief Engineer. Joined Lloyd’s Register in 1989 as surveyor in Antwerp. Presently in charge of Marine operations in Flushing and Antwerp , and country representative for LR in Belgium. Since 2016 involved in several decarbonisation projects in Belgium and partnering for LR in ISHY-Interreg 2SEAS project and Fastwater



Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)

Carleen Lyden Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the commercial maritime industry with over 40 years of experience. She specializes in identifying, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications programs that increase the visibility and effectiveness of NAMEPA as well as the development of educational resources promoting marine environment protection. She works to develop strategic alliances between industry, regulators, conservation groups and educators to “Save the Seas”. In 2015, Ms. Walker was appointed a Goodwill Maritime Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association), the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, INTERTANKO, The National Press Club, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean) and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, the Tall Ships Foundation, and the New Era Academy Transportation Technologies Program in Baltimore. Ms. Walker is also Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Marketing & Communications, Chief Evolution Officer for SHIPPINGInsight, and the Co-Founder of the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage. In 2010, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively. Ms. Walker graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and History (minor in Economics) and studied Accounting at Cornell School of Business Administration, and is a trained facilitator and media trainer. She held a USCG Captain’s license.


Nikos Xydas, Technical Director, World LPG Association

Nikos Xydas is the Technical Director of WLPGA, the World LPG Association in Paris and of AEGPL, the European LPG Association in Brussels. Holding an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Scotland, he started his professional career with ABB in Switzerland, before moving to Shell in Greece and then abroad, to cover international positions in Technical, Operations, HSSE and Strategy, in the sectors of LPG, Retail and Lubricants. Mr Xydas holds a double Greek / French  nationality and he lives in Paris.


Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers

Panos Zachariadis is a Mechanical Engineer (BSc) and Naval Architect (MSE) from the University of Michigan with a 38-year experience in shipping. He has served for years as Marine Superintendent in New York, after periods of shipbuilding supervision in Japan and sea service in bulk carriers and oil tankers. He is Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers since 1997 and a member of the Greek Delegation to IMO since 2004, having contributed to the development of several well-known regulations (e.g. GBS, PSPC, FSA) and the prevention of others (e.g. double hull bulk carriers). In cooperation with major Korean shipyards he has applied numerous energy saving ideas, some of which have become industry standards. He is a member of Technical Committees of several classification societies, UGS and Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO Marine Committee, BoD HELMEPA and MARTECMA. He has been honored with the 2011 Efkranti award for his contribution to Greek shipping, the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association 2017 Maritime Personality award, the 2017 Lloyd’s List “Achievement in Safety or Environmental Protection” award and the 2019 Green4Sea Personality Award.


Sarah Zitouni, Regional Sales Manager, Lean Marine

Sarah Zitouni is an engine enthusiast with a strong environmental consciousness. After her studies as a mechanical engineer specialized in engine design, she worked as a crankshaft designer and analyst at AVL on projects for Volvo Penta, Wärtsilä, and MAN for 2,5 years and as an account manager for 2 years. Her awareness about the growing ecological crisis has driven her to focus on green technologies. Since 2018, Sarah works as Regional Sales Manager at Lean Marine and is committed to supporting the ship owners and operators with their fuel savings and emissions reduction goals.

Lead Sponsors


MacGregor is a family of innovators. By offering engineering solutions and services for handling marine cargoes and offshore loads we make the sea more accessible, safe and reliable for those whose livelihood depends on the changing conditions of the sea. To enable that we have a variety of strong product brands and committed experts with a passion for solving challenges – and the power of the sea is sure to provide those.




SQE Marine is a leading provider of Safety, Quality and Environmental Solutions providing Consulting, Training and Information products in these areas. We have been successfully providing a product and service range to more than 1,200 clients (based in 75+ countries) over the last 20 years, operating a DNV Certified Training Center and a LR ISO 9001 certified management system.

Strong enough to provide immediate response and feedback to all client queries and needs, we provide a range of competitively priced services and timeliness for product / service delivery; we provide foolproof products and services to ensure full after sales support for as long as necessary. Last but not least, technical competence is the core of our management system & operations.

Our vision is to be a leading world class corporation that provides reliable maritime solutions in the areas of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental, Crisis, Security, and Risk Management. Our mission, therefore, is to provide real life, effective and efficient maritime solutions range including Consulting, Training and Information provision in order to maximize client benefit and minimize risk.





ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.




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



American 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.



Anemoi Marine Technologies (Anemoi)

Anemoi Marine Technologies (Anemoi) is a global provider of proven wind technology, driving a more sustainable future for the global shipping industry. The technology, Rotor Sails (also known as Flettner Rotors), are comprised of tall cylinders which, when driven to spin, harness the renewable power of the wind to provide auxiliary propulsion to vessels. As a result, this additional thrust significantly reduces fuel consumption and lowers harmful emissions entering our atmosphere. Incorporated in 2015 following extensive Research and Development, Anemoi delivered the world’s first and only Rotor Sail installation on board a globally trading Bulk Carrier, the MV Afros, 64k DWT Ultramax, delivered in January 2018. Anemoi’s mission is to help create a sustainable future for the shipping industry, in line with targets set out by the International Maritime Organisation, by rolling out this proven wind power technology across the global shipping fleet. Anemoi’s systems have been previously certified for installation and received Plan Approval by Lloyds Register of Shipping. Our systems are designed in accordance with LRS, DNV-GL and ABS requirements for Wind Propulsion systems.




Since 1928, Aquametro Oil & Marine has been among the leading manufacturers and suppliers of measurement, optimization and monitoring solutions for all kinds of fluids on ships, vehicles and industrial applications. Our range consists of more than 100 different oil fuel meters and management systems which have been developed specially for ships, transport vehicles and other heavy machinery in the shipping and industrial sector. We are also considered experts in viscosity measurement and control as well as in measurement, monitoring and management systems for fuel performance and fuel switching units (HFO to MDO and vice versa). For the industrial sector we offer flowmeters and dosing units for special fluids. Aquametro Oil & Marine operates from its headquarters in Therwil/Switzerland and Rostock/Germany as well as from Singapore for the Asian market. With further subsidiaries in South Korea and China and representation offices in India and Japan plus a global service network and numerous sales partners around the world we can offer you seamless, professional and solution-driven support.



Blue Planet Shipping

We are focused on providing our clients with exceptional technical and commercial ship management services. Having developed a deep understanding of the highly competitive shipping industry over the years, we seek to increase value and improve performance by offering the best possible resources, technology and network. Established mainly as a crewing office, Blue Planet Shipping grew steadily over the years to provide our clients with the full portfolio of ship management services. Our clients are third generation Greek shipping families originating from the island of Chios.




Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas, a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services, employs approximately 75,000 employees located in more than 1,500 offices and laboratories around the globe. Within Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas works to provide our clients with the support and in-depth knowledge they need to protect their people, ships and offshore structures, making us go beyond the scope of individual projects to find new ways to anticipate and manage risk across the industry, promoting health and safety, and protecting the marine environment.



Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.

Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 23 vessels including 5 modern bulk carriers and 18 container carriers with a total dwt of  tons approx. The fleet under management includes vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P. The Capital-Executive team has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Gas Ship Management Corp.

Capital Gas Ship Management Corp. is a ship management service provider, currently operating a fleet of 7 modern LNG Carriers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 1.2 million cubic meters. Our team consists of highly skilled personnel with extensive experience in the LNG Sector with experience, Mariners / Naval Architects (50 years cumulative experience in LNG) from initial design and newbuilding supervision to LNGCs operations and technical management. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, vetting preparation and attendance, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Ship Management Corp.

Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) is a distinguished oceangoing vessel operator, offering comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management, currently operating a fleet of 52 vessels including 45 tankers (10 VLCCs, 3 Suezmaxes, 5 Aframaxes, 26 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker) and 7 LNG Carriers with a total dwt of 5.94 million tons approx. The fleet under management includes vessels of NYSE-listed Diamond S Shipping Inc. Capital has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes including all tanker segments (VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax/LR2, Panamax/LR1, MR/Handy and small tankers), dry bulk segments (Cape, Panamax, Handymax and Handy), as well as OBOs and containers.




Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, known as ClassNK or NK, is a ship classification society. The Society is actively engaged in a growing range of ship related activities and services aimed at contributing to promoting the protection of human life and property at sea as well as protection of the marine environment. ClassNK is dedicated to ensuring the safety of life and property at sea, and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment.

To achieve this mission ClassNK will: Focus on delivering the highest quality classification services, by the highest quality personnel, while maintaining its totally independent third party, non-profit status.Focus on the development of relevant rules, procedures and guidance, and maintain and develop its commitment to scientific and technological research and development. Maintain and develop its global operations in line with the needs of clients using its services. ClassNK has earned an outstanding reputation for its long-standing dedication to safeguarding life and property at sea and preventing marine pollution through the establishment of universally recognized standards for the design, construction and maintenance of ships and other marine structures.

The principal work of the Society’s expert technical staff is to undertake surveys to ensure that the rules which it has developed are applied to newbuildings and existing ships to ensure their safety. The rules cover not only hull structures, but also propulsion systems, electrics,electronic systems, safety equipment, cargo handling gear, and various other areas. ClassNK’s surveyors work in shipbuilding and repair yards and at ports across the world, wherever they may be called upon to examine the condition of a ship.

The Head Office is located in Tokyo and in Chiba, Japan, and there are branch offices at the major Japanese and overseas cities throughout the world. (see Contact us) As of the end of January 2021, the Society had 9,156 ships totaling over 264 million g.t. under class. This figure represents approximately 20 percent of the world merchant fleet currently under class.



CR Ocean Engineering LLC

For over sixty years, CR engineers have provided solutions for those who face the challenge of efficient resource utilization and the responsibility for meeting the most stringent emission standards.  While current and proposed regulations call for swift compliance, the imperative of efficient resource utilization has become standard operating procedure throughout the world.  Regardless of the pollutant or the industrial source, our team has demonstrated the engineering knowhow and applications experience to design and manufacture systems to meet the most demanding performance requirements. CR Ocean Engineering LLC is an enterprise formed for the specific purpose of bringing those resources to bear on the challenge of exhaust gas emission control at sea. CR Ocean EngineeringLLC offers its proven exhaust gas scrubbing technology as an economic alternative to the high priced low sulfur fuel. Our systems provide the necessary reliability and the assurance of meeting the 0.1% Sulfur fuel equivalency when burning high-sulfur lower cost fuels. CR Ocean Engineering exhaust gas scrubbing technology is ideal for cruise ships, ferries, bulk carriers, containerships, RoRo and others.



De Nora

Since 1923 De Nora endeavored to excel in electrochemical processes, combining economic success, respect for the environment and social responsibility in a unique value proposition. Through focused research and continuous innovation, we support our partners and customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of our society. In this respect De Nora expanded its activities to the water treatment industry, adding advanced disinfection and filtration technologies to the electrochemical systems. De Nora aims to further consolidate its position as the world’s leading provider of electrochemical products and services and to strengthen its role of “Partner of Choice”, offering advanced water treatment technologies. De Nora’s vision is re-stating the company legacy: develop and continuously improve proprietary electrochemical technologies, deliver efficient processes and energy-saving solutions, address worldwide challenges related to resource scarcity, reduce the impact on the environment, extend the business reach beyond its traditional end markets with a special focus on energy transition and water re-use / recycle to build future growth. We are committed to developing innovative products as a competitive and viable solution to the world’s growing needs: we focus our investments and research initiatives to address selected global megatrends for a sustainable business preserving the environment and the planet.




DNV 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. With 12,000 of the world’s ships and mobile offshore units in our fleet, we have unmatched technological experience in all ship and mobile offshore unit segments. A dense surveyor network offering local service from 350 offices in more than 100 countries. In addition to classification services, we help customers improve the cost-effectiveness and availability of their fleets with a broad range of advisory, training and software services.

More on DNV  – Maritime:

  • 3,700+ employees in the global maritime industry
  • Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany
  • Principal design approval centres: Hamburg, Germany and Høvik, Norway
  • Additional plan approval centres: Busan, South Korea, Shanghai, PRC and in Kobe, Japan, Gdynia, Poland



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.



Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED) 

EASTMED is a ships management company with head offices in Glyfada (Athens), Greece. Presently the company has under management 78 vessels, employs 200 shore based personnel and a further 3000 seagoing staff. The fleet comprises of 29 tankers, 39 dry bulk carriers and 10 container ships, adding up to a total DWT capacity of 7.2 million tons. Principally both the tankers and the dry cargo vessels are employed on the spot market and occasionally will enter into short period charter agreements on a number of ships of the fleet.

The following overseas companies are employed as exclusive agents of EASTMED:

  • Intermar Chartering (UK) Ltd. in London, U.K.: Covers the London chartering market.
  • Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency in Manila, Philippines: Directly selects, trains, and employs Filipino Masters, Officers, and Crew exclusively for the vessels under EASTMED’s management.

EASTMED was granted by Lloyd’s the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification in December 2010 and is in the process of being certified with ISO 50001 within 2016. EASTMED is presently a member of BIMCO, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO, thus joining forces for improved standards in the industry. EASTMED voluntarily participates to AMVER reporting system, operated by the US Coast Guard for promoting safety of life and property at sea. Managed vessels are honored with AMVER awards on an annual basis.




Introducing a new product from Ecochlor, EcoOne™! EcoOne™ is a revolutionary, cost-effective filterless ballast water management system (BWMS) with all the same high performance of the original Ecochlor® BWMS, just simpler and more reliable! The powerful ClO2 treatment technology has been tested extensively to ensure that it works effectively as a single pass treatment under all operating conditions; there is no neutralization or treatment prior to discharge. Ecochlor has recently completed extensive land-based testing, demonstrating compliance with the most recent, stringent USCG and IMO BWMS Code standards. Real-world shipboard testing is ongoing aboard an Aframax and a VLCC sailing through varying trade routes and.is expected to be completed 2021 May. The Ecochlor range of BWMS puts Shipowners back in control of the ballast water management process by allowing them to choose which mode of operation system is best for their vessels:

• Still Avabable! Ecochlor BWMS (Filtration & ClO2)

• New EcoOne™ BWMS (ClO2 alone)

• New EcoOne™ Hybrid BWMS (Dual mode filtration & ClO2 or ClO2 alone)

Ecochlor’s renowned post installation Service and Chemical Resupply services have also been further upgraded in recent months. Personnel are sent on board approximately twice a year for chemical resupply and to support the ship’s crew in training and equipment maintenance; this offers shipowners the “best in class” global service they need for BWMS compliance for the life of the vessel. From the first ballast operation and every one thereafter, Ecochlor technicians analyze data to ensure system operability – currently 98% of Ecochlor’s installed systems are operational.




ERMA FIRST, a reliable partner for shipyards and ship-owners over the years, is investing in continuous R&D to manufacture new products according to the future needs of the market. We are committed to carry on delivering on time, commissioning on time, maintain our 100% successful commissioning and providing 24/7 technical support and troubleshooting. Our goal is to keep the same level of consistency by keeping our promised results and always strive to exceed our clients’ expectations.



Green Jakobsen

Green-Jakobsen A/S is a maritime consultancy offering ship owners, operators, ship management companies and maritime entities a unique combination of skillsets that encompasses all aspects of managing the human factor in shipping. Our approach is to analyse, diagnose and then improve the safety mindset, leadership and human resource performance of people on shore and at sea. Our combined decades of experience with proven, custom-made programs is the foundation of our work. By balancing industry knowhow with out-of-box thinking, we transform strategy into daily work by using tangible tools which we implement alongside our customers on board and in the office. We are a group of people who combine our academic, seafaring and business experience and we are based in Copenhagen, Manila, Athens and Mumbai, with some 30 employees in total.

Our areas of expertise are:

  • Maritime safety performance – reducing LTIF, providing strong tools and methods to support the safety initiatives and focus on behaviour and actions
  • Maritime leadership – training leaders to fulfil the performance driving role, providing knowledge and tools to act as competent leaders on board and ashore
  • HR performance and management – linking the management and development of people and their competencies with leadership skills and safety performance
  • Soft skills courses – offering a wide range of subjects for company specific courses and seminars
  • Measure and develop safety performance – strengthening a proactive safety culture in an ongoing cycle in a plug-and-play solution including on board training and development

www.green-jakobsen.com and www.safety-delta.com



The Jotun Group is a matrix organization divided into seven regions responsible for the sale of Decorative Paints and Performance Coatings (Marine, Protective and Powder Coatings). The company has 40 production facilities and is represented in over 100 countries around the world. www.jotun.com. Jotun develops paint systems and products to protect and decorate surfaces in the residential, shipping and industrial markets. In the shipping market, Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) is designed to make it easy to maximize hull performance and thereby reduce both fuel cost and greenhouse gas emissions. The solutions combine state-of-the-art antifouling and application technologies with reliable measurability and performance guarantees.




Latsco Shipping Limited was originally established in the 1940s when the company’s founder, Captain John S. Latsis, first ventured into passenger and commercial deep-sea shipping. Spanning over 70 years of experience in the shipping industry, the company originally operated under the name “Petrola International S.A.”. Throughout the years, the Group has operated a fleet of over 100 vessels, ranging from Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCCs) to dry cargo vessels. Today, as Latsco Shipping Limited, the company operates a fleet of 29 vessels on the water comprised of 18 product tankers and 11 gas carriers and has an orderbook of two Very Large Crude Carriers with expected deliveries in 2022. The company is headquartered in Monaco with offices in London and Athens.




Lean Marine offers innovative solutions for fuel saving and increased operational efficiency for the marine industry. Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact of operating a vessel. With the head office in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden, Lean Marine’s vision is to become a globally recognized player synonymous with direct and effective solutions.

Lean Marine’s automated and direct fuel-saving system FuelOpt™ and state-of-the-art performance management and reporting software, Fleet Analytics™, have been contracted for more than 190 vessels, representing over 50 different ship owners and have helped us develop a solid experience in improving the bottom line for customers worldwide.

A vessel with FuelOpt™ onboard always runs with optimized fuel economy. Less fuel is used and less emissions are produced, which supports the operators decarbonizing efforts.



Lloyd’s Register

We’re one of the world’s leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology – improving safety and increasing the performance of critical infrastructures worldwide. We started out in 1760 as a marine classification society. Today, we’re one of the world’s leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology – improving safety and increasing the performance of critical infrastructures for clients in over 75 countries worldwide. The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.




MarineTraffic is the world’s leading provider of ship tracking and maritime intelligence. We are dedicated to making actionable information easily accessible.Monitoring vessel movements is at the core of what we do. Building on a base of data gathered from our network of coastal AIS-receiving stations, supplemented by satellite receivers, we apply algorithms and integrate complementary data sources to provide the shipping, trade and logistics industries with actionable insights into shipping activity. With our main offices in the UK, Greece and Singapore, we continue to grow our presence in some of the world’s leading maritime hubs, granting us direct access to the markets we serve. Our reach is truly global, enabling us to support the millions that use our service.Our mission to bring about transparency and meaningful change to the maritime world is underlined by partnerships with bodies such as the International Maritime Organisation, and The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). We also work closely with the world’s leading ports, maritime companies and oil majors, on projects dedicated to improving efficiency and reducing environmental impact. Our culture of innovation, combined with our desire to consistently exceed expectations, is what drives our diverse, dynamic and entrepreneurial workforce. We set bold goals and are committed to making MarineTraffic a hub where the maritime industry connects and collaborates to create a more transparent and robust shipping ecosystem, and a greener, cleaner world.



IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is one of the leading registries in the world reaching 180 million gross tons with 4,842 vessels at the end of February 2021. IRI has a network of 28 worldwide offices located in major shipping and financial centers throughout the world that have the ability to register a vessel or yacht, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, incorporate a company, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele. The most important asset to the RMI Registry is its customers, and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



Palau International Ship Registry

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) is one of the fastest growing registries in the world. By investing in advanced technology, highly experienced staff and building on a foundation of a fully electronic registry, PISR continues to provide the highest standards of administrative, legal, technical and support functions to ship-owners and managers. Having a set of unique SMART.Registry® tools and a dedicated Deficiency Prevention System – SMART.DPS® with greater operational and cost-effective flexibility for ship owners, PISR is redefining the Ship Registration service and proves that the world’s oceans are big enough for a smart superior Flag of confidence that ship owners can trust and believe in. Our goal is clear and we are aiming to be one of the leading ship registries in the global shipping industry.  Through our SMART.Registry® we offer every ship owner regardless of their ship size a range of services through our online service applications and full Electronic Certification allowing us to provide smooth, faster, efficient and cost effective services.




With almost 160 years of experience across a wide range of industries, RINA is a multinational company that helps clients build strong, successful businesses. Through a global network of 3,900 talented professionals operating out of 200 offices in 70 countries, we support market operators across the entire lifecycle of their projects, whilst assisting them in renewing their products, technologies and services. Entrusting a project to us means being sure that everything will be taken care of, and our mindset allows us to apply a simple approach to complex situations. We promote a green approach to the Marine industry with a strong commitment to energy saving, emissions reductions and optimisation of fuel consumption.




RISK4SEA is an online intelligence platform providing PSC inspection analytics & benchmarking. Using big data analytics an ISM manager may benchmark his ships, fleet & company against industry standards and get a clear insight of his performance gaps and a roadmap to continually improve.

RISK4SEA provides several useful reports for specific time periods in order to help ISM Managers to:

– Identify possible weaknesses

– Find the current PSC status of a Country or Port that their managed vessels is going to trade

– Prepare to address local PSC requirements

– Benchmark their performance with other similar fleets and operators

Users may review the KPIs and inspection analytics for the last Quarter, last 4Qs or 12Qs (i.e. 3 years) or for a specific calendar year.




Telops is established as a world leader in thermal infrared imaging solutions. Its cameras are used worldwide in a broad range of applications in the defence and security sector, national laboratories, and industrial environments. The most prominent field of application for this technology is the remote and passive detection, identification and quantification of gaseous emissions. Telops also offers R&D services for optical systems technology development in order to respond to the specific needs of its customers. Since its beginnings in 2000, Telops has distinguished itself with the quality of its personnel and its innovative approach to the technological challenges of the optics and photonics field. Today, the expertise of its scientists, engineers and technicians and the performance of its infrared cameras and hyperspectral imagers are internationally recognized.



Tsakos Group of Companies

The Tsakos Group traces its origins deep in the passage of time, well beyond its almost half a century continuous activity and growth. It’s roots can be found at the heart of the maritime tradition of Greece, in the metropolis of Greek shipping, the Aegean archipelago island of Chios.  For Captain Panagiotis Tsakos, the founder of the Group, going to sea was a natural course, a matter of destiny. Following a generations’ long tradition in shipping, he advanced through the ranks of deck officer until he became a shipmaster and eventually a shipping executive. It was equally natural for him to lead a small group of investors on to the acquisition of  his first ship. Joined by his family and friends and prompted by his life time companion and wife Dr Irene Saroglou-Tsakos, he led that little company to its current size and diversity. With the active encouragement and support of colleagues and the active involvement of his children Nikolas and Maria, the company was fast expanded sustaining a steady growth through the  troughs highs and lows, of the industry . Tsakos Shipping and Trading S.A. was the first of the companies to comprise what now is known as the “Tsakos Group of Companies”. Over the ensuing years, the Group established a number of affiliated and associated companies around the globe significantly expanding its shipping activities and world-wide operational capability while building a reputation of solid performance in reliable maritime transport services, thereby acquiring a strong reputation within the shipping industry as the preferred partner of choice for a wide range of entrepreneurs.



UK 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 Wallem Group is a leading provider of technology driven maritime solutions, offering services supporting the complete lifecycle of a vessel from newbuilding supervision to end-of-life recycling guidance. Wallem’s extensive portfolio includes asset management, crewing, training, ship management, safety and compliance management and agency services. As one of the largest and most experienced solutions providers globally, Wallem offers world-class support to shipowners by bringing its customer-centric and transparent approach to all aspects of fleet operation. Wallem combines technology and forward-thinking to deliver on safety, technical, and commercial performance without compromise. Wallem believes in collaboration to foster innovation in meeting future needs. Wallem operates globally with a shore-based team of 1000 and more than 7,000 highly qualified seafarers, serving nearly all vessel segments.




WinGD continues the tradition of the Sulzer diesel engine  and the Wärtsilä two-stroke engine as a leading developer of low-speed gas and diesel engines. Headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, the largest team of WinGD employees, located there, contribute to  all aspects of research and development (R&D), design, operational and manufacturing support, marketing and sales. In Switzerland, WinGD also hosts an extensive state-of-the-art research and training facility at its Swiss Engine Research & Innovation Centre. With offices and operations worldwide, WinGD employees represent over 25 different nationalities.  This diverse culture provides rich innovation and progressive thinking.



World Link Communications

World-Link Communications Inc. delivers cutting-edge connectivity solutions to the maritime industry. We provide satellite based mobile communication services that enhance the competitive edge of our customers.  With 30 years of experience the Company maintains long term partnerships with ship owners and ship managers.  Our largest customer, a fleet manager of 650 vessels, is a partnership of more than 20 years.

We innovate, develop, and support smarter software, cost effective hardware and network based connectivity solutions to deliver the latest in Maritime Cyber-security, Vessel connectivity & Satellite bandwidth optimization, and Crew welfare. Our technical support team attends to vessels’ needs around the clock and around the world. Our certified engineers support a fleet of more than 1800 global trading vessels. We serve vessels in the merchant fleet, research, and oil & gas support sectors.

We are an independent mobile satellite service provider, maintaining strong vendor relations with satellite operators and hardware manufacturers including Inmarsat, Intellian, and CISCO, among others. Our satellite connectivity solutions use bandwidth from Inmarsat, Iridium, and Global Eagle among others to deliver the most effective solution to our customers.

We work with our customers to harden their fleet cyber-security posture, optimize satellite communications onboard their vessels, and enhance their crew welfare services to improve their competitive edge.



World LPG Association (WLPGA)

The World LPG Association (WLPGA) is the authoritative voice of the global LPG industry representing the full LPG value chain. The primary goal of the Association is to add value to the sector by driving premium demand for LPG, while also promoting compliance to good business and safety practices. The WLPGA brings together over 250 private and public companies operating in more than 125 countries involved in one, several or all activities of the industry ; develops long-term partnerships with international organisations ; and implements projects on local and global scales. The Association was established in 1987 and granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1989.


The 2021 GREEN4SEA Virtual Forum successfully concluded on April 21 & 22 focusing on the regulatory agenda and industry’s ambitious targets and emerging challenges as we move forward to a more sustainable future for shipping.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having as lead sponsors the following organizations: MacGregor & SQE MARINE. The event was also sponsored by: ABB, ABS, The American Club, Anemoi Marine Technologies (Anemoi), AQUAMETRO OIL & MARINE, Blue Planet Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Ship Management Corp., ClassNK, CR Ocean Engineering LLC, DeNora, DNV, Dorian LPG, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), Ecochlor, ERMA FIRST, Green Jakobsen, JOTUN, LATSCO, Lean Marine, Lloyd’s Register, MarineTraffic, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry, Palau International Ship Registry, RINA, RISK4SEA,Telops, Tsakos Group of Companies, UK P&I Club, WALLEM, WinGD, World Link Communications and World LPG Association (WLPGA).

Supporters of the event were: AMMONIA ENERGY ASSOCIATION, ECSA, EGCSA, Green Award Foundation, IHMA, INTERCARGO, ISRA, IWSA, METHANOL INSTITUTE, NAMEPA, POSEIDON MED II, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, WLPGA and ZESTAs.

Panel 1: Green Shipping Challenges

  • IMO Sulphur cap implementation challenges relate to viscosity, paraffinic content.
  • Problems reported mainly due to the management and use of the fuel by crews onboard because of different fuel characteristics.
  • Overall, according to feedback by shipowners, industry adopted well to IMO Sulphur Cap transition despite all challenges
  • NOx Tier III implementation was smooth as well
  • There were not any alarming issues with NOx Tier III only minor failures with record keeping were noticed.
  • Carbonization is more complex that the previous challenges the industry
  • EU policy makers need to realize the special characteristics of the industry in order any future measures to be consistent and scalable with IMO.

Nicholas Makar, Senior Vice President, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry noted that industry’s successes in meeting environmental challenges can be clearly measured by observing the evolution of MARPOL over the years. Nevertheless, with greater awareness and concern developing relative to the industry’s environmental impact and decarbonization goals, maintaining the IMO’s timetable on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping remains a high priority.

Dr. William H. Moore, Global Loss Prevention Director, American Club, provided a quick overview of latest green shipping challenges, i.e. BWM, ship recycling, sulphur cap implementation, LNG, LPG, Ammonia etc. P&I clubs have always been in support of both safety and green technology development initiatives, he said, noting that acutely aware that new technologies also bring new risks. In that regard, marine insurers view these risks through a risk lens taking into consideration their impact.

Sotiris Raptis, Director Maritime Safety & Environment, ECSA, referred to ECSA’s position on European Green Deal and highlighted that a fund should be set up to minimise the administrative burden and re-invest revenues in energy transition of industry. Also a global approach, such as FuelEU Maritime, must be the cornerstone of the EU’s policies since any regional measures would risk undermining the international negotiations at the IMO level, he concluded.

Mark Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, The North of England P&I Association Ltd, noted that the IMO has approved draft regulations aimed at reducing GHG emissions and improving the energy efficiency. There is plenty to consider for shipowners because the new measures look to regulate the design and operational efficiency of relevant vessels. The EEXI technical framework may mean it’s not commercially viable to trade older tonnage beyond 2023. In addition to this, there are operational concerns and contractual considerations for time and voyage charterers.

Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club, talked about the road map to 2050 and IMO’s targeted GHG reduction. We have already started dealing with several GHG reduction, but we have left last the CO2, which seems to be the most difficult to deal with, he noted and provided an overview of the timeline; challenges that ship Owners, Managers and the Industry in general face as well as discussed how EEDI and EEXI will affect Industry’s business and decisions.


Panel 2: Best Practices

  • Data measurement, transparency, continuous feedback and KPIs monitoring are important towards enhanced operational performance.
  • Technology will move fast in the next years; shipping is going to be fully digitalized making data collection and performance management essential.
  • More owners are investing in different technologies and solutions with the aim to facilitate decision making and have a clear picture of onboard performance
  • In the coming years, less operational and human error and more operational excellence is expected.
  • Machine learning and AI technology will play key role in providing fuel savings and efficiency
  • Collaboration among different solutions providers and charterers, operators and owners, taking into account the different fuel resources will help the industry to move forward.

Martin Hees, International Sales Manager, Aquametro Oil & Marine GmbH, discussed how to tackle the actual and upcoming environmental and efficiency regulations and challenges. All current and upcoming regulations on fuel and energy efficiency require a basic set of basic parameters which need to be measured and monitored, he said and concluded that without proper measurement and control of the basic data there is no way for improvement the vessel and engine performance.

Jean-Philippe Gagnon, Field Applications Scientist, Telops, noted that the IMO now imposes more stringent limits on sulphur oxides emissions. In his presentation, he explained that hyperspectral cameras are capable of quantifying the sulfur content in ship’s fuel oil (% m/m) from remote measurements of the gases in its exhaust plume offering advantages over other sulfur monitoring techniques.

Sarah Zitouni, Regional Sales Manager, Lean Marine, agreed that increased focus and public scrutiny around the climate emergency have escalated the pressure on the shipping industry. With the EEXI introduction by IMO, ship-owners and operators started evaluating their fleet. Their focus now should be on effectively balance compliance with emissions regulations and continuously improved ship efficiency

Tom Evensen, Regional Category Manager, Hull Performance, Jotun, briefly touched on the outcome of MEPC 75, covering EEXI, CII and SEEMP and discussed biofouling implications and challenges and how the industry is currently handling these. Innovative solutions may give the advantage to shipowners and operators to pinpoint the optimum time for a proactive hull inspection and subsequent proactive hull cleaning, he said.


Panel 3: Air Emissions

  • Sulphur cap coincided with the pandemic, so the real impact is not apparent yet, it will need some time; overall transition was smooth.
  • Although decarbonization and desulphurization are two different things, they are connected
  • Those that have invested in scrubbers appear optimistic as they hope for payback in due course.
  • With regards to NOx Tier III compliancy, some yards are reluctant to offer compliant vessels due to space constraints.
  • Also, there are problems with biofuels; only methanol is easy to comply with NOx Tier II engines.
  • Problems with cylinder liners were noticed with IMO sulphur cap implementation.
  • Although our main focus is currently on short term – in 2030 – the bigger picture should be in 2050 and its emissions targets towards decarbonization
  • The interpretation of EEXI depends on each stakeholders’ perspective. For EEXI, it remains for MEPC 76 to decide on the final regulation.
  • Regulations always hinder increased costs for compliance and need time to see the environmental results; ETS is an example since little do we know for the actual benefits to the environment
  • We need to take immediate and drastic actions for ship emissions, the pressure is high and the goals set very ambitious

Harilaos Psaraftis, Professor, Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), stressed that already more than two years have passed since the landmark decision of the IMO in April 2018, which entailed ambitious targets to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions from ships. In this talk, he made an attempt to answer this question: is this process on the right track? On the basis of all available information, our answer to this question is, not yet, he said.

Edmund Hughes, Director,  Green Marine Associates Ltd., provided an overview of the IMO 2020 approaches to compliance and the available guidance to assist operators with the requirements. With regards to safety implications, the following have been identified: stability of blended fuel oil; compatibility, including new tests and metrics appropriate for future fuels; cold flow properties; acid number; 
flash point; ignition quality; and cat fines.

Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers, stressed the randomness of CII (being either EEOI or AER). Because of such randomness, the resulting energy rating of ships (A, B, C, etc) cannot be representative of a ship’s real energy efficiency and so no CO2 emission reductions should be expected. In his opinion, the CII regulation is just a huge bureaucratic burden to owners, costly to both owners and charterers, with far reaching ramifications which will upset the shipping market.

Dr. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development Hellenic-BS-ME Zone, Bureau Veritas, argued that MEPC 76 is expected to formalize design and operational measures finalized by the recent Corresponding Group. Design measures are mandated through compliance with EEXI, a metric identical to EEDI Phase 2, applicable to existing ships. EEXI is not expected to impose dramatic changes in shipping resulting in less than 1% CO2 reduction.

Panos Kourkountis, Technical Director, Sea Traders SA, highlighted that the environmental impact of a measure should be the ultimate factor for justifying its implementation and its side effects. It is uncertain whether it will be financially viable for ships to keep pace with the future revisions of the EEXIs constantly applying forthcoming technologies. Definitely, EEXI will reduce the ship lifetime, he mentioned.


Panel 4: Ballast Water Management

From 28 October 2020, BWTS are required to meet IMO BWMC type approval requirements, instead of the revised G8 guidelines, as well as USCG type approval regulations. Until today, USCG has granted 40 Type Approvals in total.

BWM Challenges at a glance

  • BW Operations were also affected due to COVID-19 causing mainly delays and installations challenges due to restrictions.
  • Continuous crew training is vital to familiarize the crew with BWMS.
  • In the journey towards BWM Convention implementation, vendors need owners as partners; the biggest challenge is to pass to the crew the right mentality
  • A key concern has to do with the shipyards that have many installations; the more press they feel, the more the quality may be reduced and therefore, supervisors play a key role.
  • The technical departments should get involved in the BWMS installation and operation.
  • Simplicity is not only vital for the installation of BWMS but also for their operation.
  • Design issues emerged after BWMS installation; in that regard, proper planning and collaboration are important to identify and minimize any risks.

Dr.Efi Tsolaki, Chief Scientific Officer, ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A., stressed that the main objective of commissioning testing is not to validate the Type Approval but to demonstrate that the principal treatment methods of the system are capable of functioning as installed. It is based on the Guidance for the commissioning testing of BWMS and it will be required by the Flag State of the vessel or ROs.

Dimitris Tsoulos, Regional Sales Manager EMEA,  De Nora Marine Technologies, presented the operational challenges with regards to BWMS performance and suggested ways to overcome these and move forward. In his opinion, contingency planning is essential in order to take into consideration all different fronts, such as technology, system design limitations, training, service and spare parts availability and predictive maintenance.

Panos Smyroglou, Director of Business Development, Ecochlor, discussed about the benefits of a Filterless BWMS as well as the Vessel and Trade Route Options for the Shipowner. Key advantages of a BWMS for operators should be low equipment and installation cost, easy operation for the crew, low maintenance needs and decreased power requirements.

Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting AS, advised operators to start their BWMS retrofit projects early, in particular 6-9 months in advance. They should boil their options down to BWMS that fit their ship. He also highlighted that ship survey is more important than 3D scanning and recommended to send a marine engineer to do the initial survey. Arrange for local supervision during retrofit is also essential, he concluded.

George Kriezis, Technical Manager, Neptune Lines Shipping and Managing Enterprises S.A., briefly provided an updated with regards to BWM regulatory agenda and argued that crew training is very important for proper operation of BWMS onboard. In that regard, the technical department should be in close cooperation with design office to make corrections and submit to class. Careful selection of the right system should be made with regards to size for the ship type and trade, he noted.


Panel 5: Scrubbers

  • With the IMO Sulphur Cap implementation there were not reported any fuel availability problems but only significant issues with the use of ULSF and in particular with VLSFO.
  • There were issues with respect of lower than expected viscosity, that caused problems to purifiers; and also waxing problems that caused engines to stop unexpectedly.
  • Scrubber numbers are picking up; many operators have shown confidence in this technology reporting payback of their investment
  • Almost every newbuild today has a scrubber fitted.
  • Companies that have already invested in scrubbers, are now looking to add more scrubbers across their fleet, because have seen the operational and financial and benefits of the technology and payback of their investment
  • Operators who have already chosen scrubbers trust the projections with regards to price differential for the coming months.
  • No operators that have already invested in scrubber consider this decision as a mistake; hesitation remains with those who haven’t installed it yet.
  • The new operators may still consider that scrubbers are complex
  • In total, the cost of the investment is lower in newbuliding rather than retrofits

Nick Confuorto, President & Chief Operations Officer, CR Ocean Engineering LLC, presented the many benefits of scrubbing systems such as: reduction of SO2 greater than any of the present-day requirements and also greater than can be achieved by using 0.1%S fuel; reduction of particulate; reduction of black carbon and (d) lower CO2 footprint than fuel switching. He also showed various ways that shipowners have been installing their scrubbers.

Donald Gregory, Director,  EGCSA, commented on the ban of open-loop scrubbers that many ports have adopted and said that ban will impact air quality in urban areas increasing NOx, BC & other toxic and carcinogenic emissions from IMO 2020 fuels. Thus, use of IMO 2020 fuels will increase overall maritime transport CO2 emissions. Rotterdam is considered as an example port that has operated with open loop scrubbers on tankers for over 60 years.

Chris McMenemy, CEO, Progreso Group, referred to Scrubber Retrofits & Shipyard Variations, based on his company experience. Through 2018-2020, CleanShip has undertaken over 130 scrubber retrofit projects around the world. Looking back to identify any important retrofit lessons, he highlighted the data surrounding one of the largest hidden retrofit costs with some interesting anecdotes included.

Olli Somerkallio, COO,  Foreship Ltd., shared lessons learned from the installation and retrofits of exhaust gas cleaning and recommendations for owners and operators on installation, regulatory compliance and equipment selection. As explained, his company has completed over 60 scrubber projects, including feasibility studies, concept and basic design, detail engineering and project management – covering all vessel types.

Jeanne M. Grasso, Partner, Blank Rome LLP, reviewed and summarized some potential operational challenges and legal issues/risks resulting from the operation of exhaust gas cleaning systems. The discussion included challenges vessels owners/operators face based on differing regulatory requirements in various jurisdictions, managing issues when they arise, and taking preventive and corrective actions to help avoid PSC delays and enforcement actions.


Panel 6: Ship Recycling

  • Waste handling is a challenging issue for all industries; maritime stakeholders consider ship recycling as a key issue in their agenda featuring a challenging legal background
  • Once implemented, the Hong Kong Convention is expected to create a level playing field.
  • Until today, 16 states have ratified the HKC completing the first prerequisite for the implementation of this regulation.
  • Procedures described in the HKC are considered as suitable, similarly EU-SRR; the key challenge comes with interpretation and the enforcement.
  • Certification is not a good indicator whether a ship recycling yard is doing or not a good job.
  • Territorial applicability of Basel Convention and Basel Ban Amendment is key factor for compliance.
  • EU-flagged vessels have to be recycled in EU-listed facilities.
  • Individual planning and supervision is strongly recommended for any yard.
  • Without proper IHM, no safe and sound ship recycling is possible; thus further common sense and understanding are vital.
  • IHM certification often tends tho be more business oriented rather than quality oriented
  • Wreck removal remains a grey area and an important issue for consideration as well

Henning Gramann, CEO, GSR Services GmbH, stressed that a well developed and maintained IHM is the pre-requisite for safe and sound ship recycling. The position of a ship when or after a recycling decision has been taken dictates the legal framework which needs to be obeyed. Hong Kong Convention provides clear requirements and good guidance for an industry which in many cases has improved significantly in the last decade.

Dr. Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman, International Ship Recycling Association, argued that safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in compliance to the highest standards integrates the maritime sustainability. The prevailing conditions and means create new challenges and opportunities that should be further assessed and improved to ensure that ship’s life is optimized under a holistic approach and implementation.

Anna Kalogianni, Claims Executive, Standard Club, noted that the absence of one international and uniformly applicable convention for the recycling of ships can make this a difficult field to navigate for operators. If shipowners get this wrong practice has shown that there may be financial or reputational damages. Compliance with the applicable regime is therefore important. Shipowners need also to be aware of their obligations towards their P&I club in case the ship is to be recycled.


Panel 7: ESG towards Sustainable Shipping

  • All different stakeholders should collaborate equally and fully in ESG initiatives; the first step for everyone is to identify what ESG is and how it can apply to their organization.
  • There are many tools to assist companies/ organizations in their path towards ESG and training can help to overcome any challenges.
  • Shipping should focus on lessons learned from other industries to get inspired but try to find solutions that fit to its activities.
  • Every company must engage in ESG; otherwise will left behind. Nonetheless, there must be a level playing field. In that respect, financial support from related parties is vital.
  • Every company that takes action into ESG, should take ownership of what its actions. As such, industry should set the expectations so that everyone is engaged in the process and contributes significantly.
  • Decarbonization, digitalization, innovation are among the emerging challenges for a more sustainable industry for which a new mindset is essential.
  • Regulation, green financing and investment in human capital with training of the new skills are among the key priorities.

Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), provided an overview of the opportunities and tools for industry to meet sustainability goals and expectations. She also offered examples of initiatives that are currently being deployed to move industry towards a sustainable future, highlighting the power of collaboration and partnerships to meet, if not exceed, the demand and expectations for change.

Dr. Kostas G. Gkonis, Secretary General, Intercargo, highlighted that companies across all industries will have to change more in the next 15 years than in the past 100 years and shipping will not be an exception. The. ESG encompasses adaptation to strategy and execution and top of all governance and leadership. He also highlighted that it is time for collaboration. Companies that continue to operate in their usual mode and their own will be left behind; this is a promising era of all times and especially shipping will retain its prominent role in serving humanity’s essential needs, he concluded.

Jan Fransen, Executive Director, Green Award Foundation, mentioned that time is changing very rapidly now and the challenges ahead are many. The UN SDGs can be used as a guidance for the shipping companies to get the right direction towards a more sustainable future. Considering that all businesses depend on finance and competitiveness, sustainability is not an easy task; thus working together is essential. He also highlighted important aspects to consider in order all stakeholders jointly to embrace a new approach towards ESG and sustainability.

Stavros Meidanis, Managing Director & Chief Sustainability Officer, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp, stressed that a sustainability strategy is not solely defined as a strategy to mitigate risks. A sustainability strategy is aiming to drive transformations and adapt processes and practices to market environments, witnessing profound social and regulatory changes from an ESG perspective. ESG performance is now impacting the decisions of investors in the capital market and the ability of shipping companies to access financing.

Maria Kyratsoudi, Business Development Manager, ABS, mentioned that minimizing environmental risk and associated operating costs, engaging motivated people, gaining access to green financing as well as to new markets and segments and enhancing investment returns by allocating capital to more promising and more sustainable opportunities are some of the ways that a strong ESG proposition can create value.


Panel 8: LNG as a fuel

Why LNG:

  • Immediate GHG reductions
  • Meets IMO 2030 targets with EEDI & operational measures
  • Long-term – IMO 2050 targets achievable through use of bioLNG & synthetic LNG as drop-in fuels
  • Lower risk pathway
  • Enabler for other alternative fuels
  • LNG fueled vessels due to cryogenic equipment can facilitate a plethora of zero carbon fuels such as
  • Ammonia (with future retrofit), Bio-Methane, Synthetic Methane
  • Fully in line with the spirit of Poseidon Principles which call for CAPEX investment in order to avoid a premature end of useful economic life of an emission challenged ship

Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA\LNG, noted that LNG uptake as a marine fuel is accelerating, driven by regulation, economics and availability. Compared with traditional marine fuels, LNG offers immediate emissions benefits and unparalleled local emissions reductions, he highlighted.

Carmelo Cartalemi, Business Development General Manager, WinGD, shared feedback on their engine installation, a second generation engine technology, that slashes methane emissions while providing increased efficiency in gas and diesel mode.

Lampros Nikolopoulos, Projects & Dry Docking Engineer, Euronav Shipmanagement Ltd, provided an overview of the design, maintenance and operational aspects of LNG Fuelled Vessels (Tankers) and discussed key challenges.

Antonis Trakakis, Technical Director, Marine, RINA, assessed that with rapidly expanding bunkering infrastructure and technical maturity, LNG can serve as an immediate start now and as the host of any new fuel, when it will start becoming available in the future, therefore it is the right selection for new ships today.

Panayiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s Register, discussed LNG as a marine fuel within the context of ‘shipping transition test bed’. Placing on the Eastern Mediterranean canvas the projects that transform the environmental and energy profile of the area, with Poseidon Med II leading the race, he presented the factors that will play a pivotal role to the methane molecule’s longevity.


Panel 9: LPG as a fuel

Why LPG:

  • Non renewable – already a long way ahead on the Green Pathway
  • Compared to 2020 compliant fuels: 99% less SOx, 15% less CO2, 10% less NOx, 90% less PM
  • Meets IMO 2020
  • Not a GHG, greatly supports IMO 2050 GHG strategy
  • More than 1,000 existing storage facilities and terminals
  • More than 700 small carriers for ship to ship bunkering
  • All LPG terminals can become supply points
  • STS operations are possible around the world and can provide LPG impetus

Nikos Xydas, Technical Director, World LPG Association, suggested that with the increasing availability of renewable LPG, bioLPG, as a drop in fuel, with up to 80% additional carbon emission savings, and even more as blend with other renewable products, offers an excellent pathway to a net zero carbon future.

Kjeld Aabo, Director New Technologies Sales and Promotion Two-stroke Marine, MAN Energy Solutions, said that LPG as a marine fuel was applied to almost 100% of VLGCs ordered in 2020; it has several references within handy-size and mid-size LPG carriers as well, however slightly slower transition compared to VLGCs.

Kristof Coppé, Project Manager, EXMAR, gave an insight in the use of LPG as fuel for the main engine, more specifically for two new 88,000 m3 VLGCs which will be built, owned and operated by EXMAR and chartered to EQUINOR. The decision made so as vessels to have sufficient flexibility to trade in the most economical and environmental friendly way.

Peter Van de Graaf, Account Manager Belgium, Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore, presented an overview of the status of Class and Statutory requirements for the use of LPG as fuel in order obtain the appropriate Class notation. Also, it was explained how Class is handling novel projects by risk-based design, named RBD and what is required to go this route.


Panel 10: Ammonia as a fuel

Why Ammonia:

  • ammonia can substitute pure hydrogen for storage
  • there is experience regarding its handling
  • easy to liquefy and transport
  • power density comparable with other liquid fuels
  • non-flammable & non-explosive but highly toxic and corrosive
  • can be used in diesel engines, gas turbines, fuel cells
  • mature production
  • higher volumetric energy density than hydrogen-powered

Trevor Brown, Executive Director, Ammonia Energy Association, mentioned that gigawatt scale ammonia production plants are now being announced weekly because ammonia provides a pathway to market for renewable energy, which was previously constrained within the electricity grid, and for hydrogen, which was previously constrained to local and near-term uses.

Dr. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development Hellenic-BS-ME Zone, Bureau Veritas, stated that ammonia is promulgated as a carbon-free alternative fuel. Burned in ICE, it requires unknown percentage of carbonaceous pilot fuel. Hard to burn, highly toxic and corrosive. There is ample experience on ammonia handling and transportation. Compared to its twin brother the LPG, it has comparable CAPEX but much higher OPEX.

Dr. Michail Cheliotis, Research Associate, Maritime Safety Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, highlighted the benefits of using ammonia as a fuel, such as: existing infrastructure and production developments driven by other industries; easier storage and transportation compared with alternatives; Highest volumetric density of zero carbon fuels; and; very good H2 storage vector.

Jan Flores, Vice President, NETSCo, Inc.,noted that while the technology to use ammonia as fuel is still in development, it is currently a traded commodity with infrastructure is already in place, as well as ammonia storage and transportation regulations. Also, there is a lot of technology already created in the engineering for engine conversions for LNG and LPG, which can be leveraged for ammonia.


Panel 11: Methanol as a fuel

Why Methanol:

  • occupies smaller space relative to compressed hydrogen
  • attractive economics
  • clean exhaust emissions
  • potential to be carbon negative
  • minimal maintenance
  • scalable simple/ familiar feedstock storage
  • retrofits economically viable
  • availability in over 100 ports today

Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute, provided a presentation entitled “Methanol: A Future Proof Marine Fuel” to illustrate the many benefits that methanol can offer to industry. Methanol is emerging as a leading alternative fuel for shipping. It is produced from a wide range of conventional and renewable feedstocks. As a marine fuel, methanol can be used in both newbuild and existing vessels.

Berit  Hinnemann, Senior Innovation Project Manager, Technical Innovation,  A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, presented Maersk’s journey towards decarbonization and the fuels of the future. Maersk has a goal of net carbon neutral operations in 2050 and decarbonization is a strategic imperative. In this respect, Maersk assess many options (biofuels, methanol, alcohol-lignin fuels, ammonia) and it will build the world’s first carbon-neutral liner vessel with start of operations in 2023.

Stamatis Fradelos, Regional Bulk Carriers Segment Director, Maritime – South East Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV Hellas, explained that according to DNV Maritime Forecast to 2050, ammonia and methanol are likely  the two dominant future fuels for deep sea shipping, and the choice between them depends upon input price.Methanol is a liquid fuel already widely carried as cargo, making it relatively suitable for retrofit since it can be burned in a suitably adapted marine diesel engine.

Garry Noonan, Head of Transition Technologies, Ardmore Shipping Services (Ireland) Limited, supported that the hydrogen generator solution makes the hydrogen generator/fuel cell combination a near-term reality and an attractive choice. In fact, fuel cells already have many advantages over diesel engines, such as fuel efficiency, low maintenance and repair costs, and no other harmful emissions such as particulates, SOX and NOX.

Douglas Raitt, Regional Advisory Services Manager, Lloyd’s Register, mentioned that methanol offers various pathways and can be used immediatly as it does not depend on the other alternative options. Citing his experience with working with The Methanol Institute, he highlighted that there are many beneftis with regards to bunkering procedures; namely, handling menthanol is not much different from handling gas oil, he said.


Panel 12: Hydrogen as a fuel

Why Hydrogen:

  • Enables zero carbon and zero pollution operation
  • 27 ongoing green H2 bunkering projects across 28 North Sea ports
  • compliant with all future environmental regulations
  • energy component remains zero-carbon
  • the only maritime fuel expected as zero GHG by the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association
  • No N2O which has 300 x GHG impacts of CO2
  • the only viable store of energy that is non- toxic and zero emission

Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association, presented briefly the Association which founded in March 2019 and involves members which have project or technology that is Zero GHG Emissions at a ship level with miniml upstream impacts and are committed to achieving zero emissions in commercial shipping. As explaind, the Association supports that green hydrogen is the only future proof fuel and is compliant with all future environmental regulations.

Jogchum Bruinsma, Project Manager Maritime Power Systems, Nedstack, highlighted that the use of hydrogen as a clean, renewable and therefore sustainable fuel would be a major step forward for a more sustainable shipping. When hydrogen is used in fuel cell systems, it creates true zero emission power generation. Hydrogen as a fuel in combination with fuel cells are a feasible alternative for propulsion and power generation.

Joseph Pratt, CEO/CTO, Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine, explained why hydrogen makes sense. Hydrogen enables zero carbon and zero pollution operation. However, for wide adoption within the maritime industry, widely available hydrogen fueling infrastructure, or awareness of existing hydrogen infrastructure are vital as well as a set of safety codes and standards.

Konstantinos Theofanis Markou, General Manager, ClassNK, noted that currently, manufactures which have business experiences of fuel cells for land use are expanding into maritime section. As explained, ClassNK offers rules for hydrogen fuel cell ships and it will release a revised version of Guidelines for Fuel Cell Systems On Board Ships at 2022.


Panel 13: Exploring wind as an option

Why wind propulsion

  • offers a technically and commercially viable near-term solution that can already save 5% to- 20%
  • cost-effective, not depend on alterations to port infrastructure
  • improved operational autonomy in mitigating the risks and uncertainties of being commercially dependent on other alternative fuels.
  • assists the global fleet in reducing net emissions in the short-term, reducing the carbon-intensity of the whole fleet, and better enable the meeting of IMO GHG reduction targets.
  • wind technology solutions are increasingly available today
  • most wind-systems are fully automated and integrated into the energy management systems of the ships.
  • can be deployed either as wind-assist for primarily motor vessels or as a primary propulsor for newly built ships outfitted with auxiliary engines.

Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA), referred to the benefits of wind propulsion as well as the existing projects and collaborations to drive this alternative source of power. As informed, by the end of Q1/Q2 2021, 13 ocean going vessels with wind-assist systems will be installed while many more installations are taking place. In total, more WPT vessels will be in operation than all new alternative fuelled ships combined, excluding tankers & LNG.

Joe Plunkett, Senior Engineer, Anemoi Marine Technologies, presented the role of Rotor Sail technology in decarbonisation. Providng an overview of Rotor Sail technology, he explained how it works and why it’s suitable for commercial shipping while he also referred to regulation and other factors driving uptake of new technologies such as Rotor Sails

Martial Claudepierre, Global Market Leader Sustainable Shipping, Bureau Veritas, presented several BV classed vessels with wind propulsion and explained the available specific class approach which is developed for modern wind propulsion, noting that the design review stage and inspections in service are two important challenges towards. He also talked about additional class notations for wind propulsion systems including running and standing part.

Prof. Dr-Ing Orestis Schinas, Partner, HHX.blue, said that current regulatory requirements on air quality and emissions dictate hybrid propulsion solutions. Diverse propulsion requirements lead in diverse combinations and decisions on fuels and main engines. Wind-assisted technologies are already tested in actual operation and can save >10% of fuel consumption.


Panel 14: Exploring nuclear as an option


International regulatory framework for nuclear powered merchant ships

  • United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), 1994
  • IMO Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974
    • Chapter VIII Nuclear Ships
    • IMO resolution A.491 (XII) Code of Safety for Nuclear Merchant Ships, 1981
    • Chapter IX International Safety Management (ISM) Code, 1998
  • IMO/IAEA Safety Recommendations on the Use of Ports by Nuclear Merchant Ships,1980
  • IMO Convention on the Liability of Operators of Nuclear Ships, 1962 (did not enter into force)
  • 2004 Protocol to Amend the Paris Convention, (adopted 2004 but not yet entered into force)
    • The revised Paris Convention will recognize the concerns of coastal States which allow maritime shipments of nuclear substances through their waters by including provisions to ensure that where a nuclear incident occurs in the exclusive economic zone of a Paris Convention state, jurisdiction over claims for nuclear damage arising from that incident shall lie only with the courts of that coastal state.

Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers, presented the case of why Nuclear is necessary for decarbonization. 4th generation nuclear mini reactors, now in porotype stages, need no active cooling (no possibility of meltdown), are small and maintenance free, have reduced radioactive wastes and can use current reactor wastes or nuclear weapons as fuel.

Edmund Hughes, Director,  Green Marine Associates Ltd, discussed why nuclear power is considered as a zero-emission energy source for maritime transport by explaining IMO’s vision for shipping is decarbonisation by the end of this century, key options and issues of energy for shipping, key challenges of the 4th propulsion revolution and the international regulatory framework surrounding nuclear powered merchant ships.

Giulio Gennaro, Technical Director, Core-Power, cited the example of a capesize carrying 180,000 tons of iron ore from Brazil to China on a 60 day round voyage to explain the operational benefits of the ship propulsion revolution. Producing electric power with clean sources, in which Advanced Atomic will play a fundamental role, can drive the way to decarbonization.

Who Should Attend

This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Maritime Environmental Excellence and Sustainable Shipping , including:

  • Ship owners & staff within Technical, HSQE, Operations & Marine Dept.
  • Maritime Compliance Executives
  • Regulatory Authorities & Flag state Representatives
  • Marine insurers & P&I executives
  • Green Technology Vendors & Experts
  • Maritime Professionals interested in environmental issues

Delegate Helpdesk

General Information

Who can I contact for more information on the event?
Please contact the organizers directly at e-mail: info [at] safety4sea [dot] com


How do I register?
To register you should fill in the online registration form and follow the instructions contained in the Registration Form.

Is the event free to attend for the delegates?
Attendance to the event is FREE subject to online registration. In case you are interested, please complete the online registration form and confirm with the organizers.

What happens if I am unable to attend despite being registered?
Appreciate if you could inform the organizers by e-mail as soon as possible before the event.

After the event

How may I evaluate and comment on the event?
You may comment with the organizers at any time, during or after the event. Furthermore an event evaluation form will be available online after the event to complete anonymously any comments you may have.

Please contact the organizers directly at e-mail: info [at] safety4sea [dot] com

We look forward to welcoming you at this event!



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