1st GREEN4SEA Singapore Forum

The 1st GREEN4SEA Singapore Forum was scheduled as a full day event (12:30 – 18:15) on Friday 19th of April 2024 at the Orchid Main Ballroom, level 4, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The event focused on the various challenges that the industry is currently facing, highlighting that even though the landscape around decarbonization is uncertain, the industry should remain proactive and vigilant.


Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



12:30 – 14:00 Welcome Buffet & Registration

14:00 – 14:05 Forum Opening by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

14:05 – 15:00 Panel #1: Human factors’ role in energy transition
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Addressing human factors issues for a just transition
  • Key barriers and opportunities towards decarbonization
  • Future fuels and crew training
  • Considerations for IMO 2030/2050


  • Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
  • Capt Yves Vandenborn, FNI, Executive Board member, Nautical Institute
  • Capt. Mohd Salleh, Specialist (Navigation & Shiphandling) & Special Projects, Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)

15:00 – 16:30 Panel #2: Maritime Decarbonization
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Air emissions: challenges & Regulatory updates
  • Best practices & strategies for a net-zero industry
  • Industry trends & initiatives to accelerate decarbonization
  • Long-term goals for decarbonizing the shipping industry


  • Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association
  • Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club
  • Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA)
  • Capt. Satinder Virdi, Principal Consultant, Head of Research and Development, Maritime Advisory, DNV Singapore Pte. Ltd.
  • Saunak Rai, Head, FueLNG / IBIA Asia Board Member, IBIA

16:30 – 17:00 Networking Coffee Break

17:00 – 18:15 Panel #3: Green Shipping Challenges
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Ship recycling challenges and regulatory update
  • Green shipping initiatives for a sustainable future
  • How collaboration supports industry’s green transition
  • Considerations for IMO 2030/2050


  • Jack Spyros Pringle, Lead Consultant, Business Advisory, Lloyd’s Register
  • Yihu Wang, Sales Manager – Shipping Solutions, NAPA
  • Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Risk Assessor, UK P&I Club
  • Peter Schellenberger, Director, Novamaxis Pte Ltd


Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



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

Gavin Allwright is the Secretary General of the International Windship Association (IWSA). Established in 2014, this grouping of maritime wind propulsion companies and projects supported by ship owners, ship builders, class, research institutes, academia, NGO’s and seafarers 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 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), where IWSA has consultative status, and he sits on the stakeholders advisory committee for the MTCC network there too. Other policy fora include the European Sustainable Shipping Forum, IRENA’s Coalition for Action and numerous reference groups and advisory committees focused on decarbonisation in shipping. Gavin has presented at over 100 international fora, including CMA, SMM & Green Ship Technology along with regularly chairing the Natural Propulsion Seminar as part of Blue Week each year. He was also the coordinator for the ground-breaking ‘Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ summit at COP23 in Bonn in 2017. His work extends to being 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 also a regular guest lecturer at the UN World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden among others. Gavin holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries. He has contributed to numerous studies, projects, books and articles on alternative propulsion solutions and helped coordinate and contributed to the UN-affiliated IRENA technical brief – Renewable Energy Options in Shipping and more recently was an expert reviewer for the IPCC special report on 1.5C climate change.


Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Risk Assessor, UK P&I Club

Akshat is a Master Mariner in the Loss Prevention department of the UK P&I Club, based in Singapore. He has extensive sea-going and shore-based experience managing aspects relating to maritime safety/security, quality management system, commercial operations, vetting & technical management. Prior to joining the UK P&I Club in 2023, he worked for another IG P&I Club, and dealt with issues relating to the crew and cargo claims, environmental compliance, ship surveys, incident investigation and root cause analysis. In recent years, Akshat has been closely involved with issues related to seafarers’ wellbeing, cyber risk management, sustainable ship recycling, maritime decarbonisation, and casualty-related matters.


Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Apo 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 specializing 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


Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club

Ansuman Ghosh is a Marine Engineer with the UK Club’s Loss Prevention department based in Singapore. Ansuman sailed on various vessel types up to the rank of Chief Engineer. In 2006, he came ashore, working as a Superintendent and Classification Society Principal Surveyor, Regional Lead Auditor. Prior to joining Thomas Miller, he was Technical Head at a ship-owning and service company. Over 10 years with leading classification society in Singapore with responsibilities ranging from on-board surveys, new buildings, dry-docking and management system audits. Extensive experience in Health, Safety, Quality, Environment and Energy management systems audits on Gas Carriers and Tankers. During his time at Class Society, Ansuman was also involved in number of repair, major modification, retrofit projects and management system verifications involving FPSO’s, Jack ups, Semisubmersibles and various types of Offshore Support Vessels.


Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association

Madadh MacLaine is a visionary entrepreneur working in sustainability and the maritime sector. She is the Founder and CEO of Zero Emissions Maritime Technology Ltd (ZEM-Tech) Secretary-General of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association (ZESTAs), co-founder of the International Windships Association (IWSA), as well as Founder Director of the sustainable development NGO, Fair Winds Trust. She has a background in hydrogen water electrolysis and maritime systems, having represented ITM Power, plc, in the maritime industry. 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. She founded ZESTAs to promote the interests of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Industry in 2019. 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. ZESTAs has recently been granted consultative statuse at the IMO.


Jack Spyros Pringle, Lead Consultant, Business Advisory, Lloyd’s Register

Jack is the Energy Transition Advisory Lead in the LR Business Advisory team based in Singapore. He has over ten years of experience in the shipping industry, having worked for a major dry bulk and tanker ship owner prior to joining LR. Jack leads LR’s Energy Transition advisory services across in Asia and Greece, which focuses on delivering energy transition projects for stakeholders across the maritime value chain. Jack has extensive experience of delivering large-scale strategy projects for ship owners, charterers, fuel producers and financiers.


Saunak Rai, Head, FueLNG / IBIA Asia Board Member, IBIA

Mr. Saunak Rai is Board Members of the IBIA ASIA Board. He is heading “FueLNG”, a Joint venture of Shell and Seatrium, a company providing LNG as bunkers to customers in Singapore. Under his leadership, FUELNG successfully performed first in Asia, SIMOPS LNG bunkering operation with CMA CGM Scandola, and first in the world, LNG Bunkering to LNG fueled Newcastlemax Bulk carrier Mount Tourmaline. He also led FueLNG to win the World LNG Award 2021 for Outstanding Contribution to LNG Industry at WORLD LNG AWARD at Rome in Dec 2021. Saunak Rai is also the Chairman of National Technical Committee for Bunkering (Cryogenic and Gaseous Fuels), Singapore, with the responsibility to develop Singapore bunkering standards (including LNG, Ammonia, Bio-Methane and Hydrogen). He is also a certified Chartered Ship Broker and has been recently appointed as the Vice Chairman of Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers Singapore. Saunak Rai graduated with the President’s Gold Medal in Nautical Science from T.S. Chanakya and proceeded to sail with Seaarland Shipping Management and A.P. Moller Maersk.  Mr. Saunak Rai is a licensed Master Mariner and has experience working on LNG vessels, Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Container vessels. He completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and has been appointed as business Coach and Singapore Ambassador of Copenhagen Business School.


Capt. Mohd Salleh, Specialist (Navigation & Shiphandling) & Special Projects, Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)

Captain Mohamad Salleh Ahmad Sarwan is a distinguished maritime leader and educator, renowned for his contributions to the maritime industry and the education sector.  Serving as the Director of the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) from April 2015 to March 2023, Captain Salleh has left an indelible mark on the institution. Currently holding the position of Specialist in Maritime and Shipboard Operations, Captain Salleh brings a wealth of expertise with a particular emphasis on navigation and ship-handling.  Beyond his role, he plays a pivotal part in spearheading SMA’s sustainability and internationalisation initiatives.



Peter Schellenberger, Director, Novamaxis Pte Ltd

Born German and multilingual, Peter has spent 35 years in Asia in executive positions.  The maritime part of his career started in Singapore when he managed two leading Ship Chandling companies before joining the VGroup to head Supply Chain and the Marcas Asia procurement pool, Maritime Service business  in Asia development and the VGroup global agency portfolio. In leading shipmanagement company OSM Peter set up smart maritime services company OSERV as Managing Director  to create a digital e-procurement platform for fleet and third party clients.  In the major shipmanagement company Thome he had a similar portfolio (VP Supply Chain and MD Vanir Marine), building a smart industry digital market place with outsourced service procurement functions and catering services.  Since April 2023 he set up Novamaxis Pte Ltd, running a supply chain and maritime consulting network specialised in digitalisation, sustainability and start up financing and nurture. Including own investments and board or ambassadorial positions. Based in Singapore but operating globally for both shipowners/managers and suppliers/service providers addressing industry problem statements and strategic growth areas.



Capt Yves Vandenborn, FNI, Executive Board member, Nautical Institute

Yves Vandenborn is a master mariner and sailed with Exmar Nv. Belgium on chemical/product, LNG and LPG tankers. Since coming ashore in 2003, Yves has worked as a marine superintendent and as an independent marine surveyor undertaking numerous P&I condition surveys, oil major SIRE pre-vettings, TMSA audits, pre-purchase surveys, bulk carrier hatch cover ultra-sonic tests, etc. Yves joined the club in Singapore in February 2010. Following the merger in 2023, he was appointed as Head of Loss Prevention, Asia-Pacific. In this capacity Yves oversees all loss prevention activities within the Asia-Pacific GeoSector, together with his team of five regional LP executives. These activities include providing guidance to members on a wide range of topics, benchmarking claims records and determining trends, contributing to crew seminars and member workshops and generally working on improving club/member engagement. Yves is also heading the Decarbonisation as well as the People and Wellbeing services offered by the club. Yves regularly speaks at shipping industry events across the world on behalf of the club and the Nautical Institute. He uses his vast personal experience to explain serious issues in a way that is interesting and relevant to the audience. He uses anecdotes and lessons learnt from his sailing career to illustrate best practice guidelines, making him a welcome fixture at many speaking engagements. Yves is a member of the Safe Navigation working group, part of the Singapore National Maritime Safety@Sea Council, which reviews the safe operation of the port of Singapore, reporting to the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore. In line with his beliefs of giving back to the industry, Yves is currently closely engaged in maritime discourse topics such as seafarer wellbeing (physical, mental, and social), misdeclared container cargoes, vehicle car carrier fires and navigation related incidents. Yves is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and following his tenure as the Hon President of the Nautical Institute Singapore branch between 2020 and 2024, he was appointed to the Nautical Institute’s Executive Board. In this capacity, Yves works closely with the local maritime industry for the improvement of seafarer standards, safety and wellbeing.


Capt. Satinder Singh Virdi, Principal Consultant, Head, Research and Development, Maritime Advisory (Singapore/Asia-Pac), AFNI, FRINA.

Capt. Satinder is contributing to the maritime profession for over 35 years, including 15 years of sailing on board various types of tankers and 18 years at Singapore Maritime Academy, as Course Manager, Maritime Consultant, and Principal Investigator, at the ‘Centre of Excellence for Maritime Safety’ at Singapore Polytechnic. He developed and delivered courses related to cargo operations on board all types of liquefied gas carriers, training under IGF Code, and LNG Bunkering under TR56. He also presented his research findings as part of Singapore delegation at IMO during HTW9 on the use of ‘Artificial Intelligence for assessment of navigational competency in a navigation simulator’. In his current role with DNV since 2023, he drives various projects related to fleet decarbonisation, management of change, including competency development related to the adoption of alternative fuels, SME for alternate fuels, and the development of maritime qualification systems in the maritime industry. He is a resource member engaged in the development of standards for cryogenic (LNG) and low flash point fuels such as Methanol as marine fuel under Enterprise Singapore. Additionally, he is delivering various courses related to introduction of Methanol and Ammonia as marine fuel, as well as part of the team engaged in developing Ammonia and Methanol competency standards. He works closely with various flag administrations, ship owners, charterers, shipyards, and port authorities on various maritime projects worldwide.Capt Satinder holds a degree in Mechanical Engineer, Class 1 Deck CoC, and M.Sc in Safety, Health and Environmental Technology.


Yihu Wang, Sales Manager – Shipping Solutions, NAPA

Yihu Wang brings 14 years of experience working in the marine industry. In his role as Sales Manager for NAPA Shipping Solutions, Yihu has been championing the use of digital solutions, including voyage optimization and performance monitoring tools, to minimize the carbon footprint of fleets, drive efficiencies, and boost safety. Prior to joining NAPA, Yihu served as the regional sales manager of Rolls Royce and as an application engineer for Cummins. In both positions, he focused on commercial and technical aspects related to marine diesel engines. Yihu has a master’s degree in management of technology from the National University of Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics from Nanyang Technological University



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 DNVGL 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.





Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD was established in Athens in 1998 with a clear strategic goal – “the safe transportation of cargoes worldwide with respect to the environment”. Initially the Company assumed the management of two different types of vessels (dry and wet) but at a later stage ARCADIA, realizing the increased demands and responsibilities of the current times, focused its activities on tanker management. Following the Company’s establishment in 1998, an ambitious investment program began with the construction of high specification aframax and suezmax tankers, in South Korean Yards, on behalf of Companies that had entrusted the management of their vessels to ARCADIA.



Blue Planet Shipping Ltd

Blue Planet Shipping Ltd (BPS) was established and based at Piraeus since 1996, to manage 8 Dry Bulk Carriers. In 1998, BPS split into two separate companies. BPS retained its root name and Third Millenium Shipping Ltd (TMS) was set up to manage vessels for different owners. BPS managed 7 out of the 8 vessels; (AKMI – ARIS – EVMAR – COSMAR – ALMAVITA – AFROS & ALKIMOS) and the management of the ASTROMAR was undertaken by TMS. In 2002, clients of the company placed an order for 6 New Building Supramax vessels in China, of which 5 were delivered in 2003 and 1 in 2004. The new vessels (APOLLON – APEX – AKMI – EVNIA – NICOLAOS A and AVRA) were registered under Cyprus and Greek Flags. With the company by then managing a total of 14 vessels, it began recruiting different nationalities to man the ships, focusing mainly on Greek, Ukrainian, Burmese and Moroccan crews.



Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.

Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 40 vessels including 36 container carriers and 4 modern bulk carriers with a total dwt of 2,915,834 tons and total teu of 180,363 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. (“Capital Gas”) is a ship management service provider, currently operating a fleet of 14 modern LNG Carriers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 2.44 million cubic meters and a total dwt of 1.14 Tons. Our Team consists of highly skilled personnel with extensive experience in the LNG Sector from initial design and newbuilding supervision to LNGCs operations and technical management. Capital Gas Ship Management is a member of SIGTTO and SGMF.



Capital Shipmanagement

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 39 tankers (12 VLCCs, 15 Aframaxes, 11 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker) with a total dwt of 5.95 million tons approx. 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. The excellent performance of Capital Ship Management has been recognized by oil major companies and major traders in the industry. It is one of a few ship management companies to have successfully completed the comprehensive office assessment process of numerous major oil companies and has also established long standing relationships with major traders, liners and operators. 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.



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.




Euronav is an independent tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil. The Company is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia. Euronav is listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE under the symbol EURN. Euronav employs its fleet both on the spot and period market. Sustainability is a core value at Euronav as it ensures the long-term health and success of our people, our business, and the environment we work in. It involves a commitment to safety and environmental practices, as well as an innovative approach to the use of technology and information.




Latsco Marine Management Inc.

Latsco Marine Management Inc. a subsidiary company of Latsco Shipping Ltd., has been established 1st January 2019 and is currently located at Kifisia. Latsco’s history begins over half a century ago as part of Latsis Companies’ Group. Latsco provides operational, technical, financial and ship building services, focusing on fundamental principles of quality, integrity, safety, health, environmental protection and energy efficiency, with established programmes for performance excellence, profitability and growth of management of clean energy transportation vessels. Latsco pursues all entrepreneurial ventures with ethics, integrity, consistency to incident-free operations and ultimate aspiration of providing excellent services through long-lasting customer relationships. Currently, LMM Inc. manages a fleet of 27 vessels (MRs, LR2, VLGCs), while another 2 vessels shall be delivered up to 2020.



Lloyd’s Register

Trusted maritime advisers, partnering with clients to drive performance across the ocean economy.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global professional services group specialising in marine engineering and technology. Created more than 260 years ago as the world’s first marine classification society, to improve and set standards for the safety of ships. Today we are a leading provider of classification and compliance services to the marine and offshore industries, helping our clients design, construct and operate their assets to accepted levels of safety and environmental compliance. We also provide advice, support and solutions on fleet performance and optimisation, voyage optimisation, enhancing our clients’ digital capability. Our digital solutions are relied upon by more than 20,000 vessels. In the race to zero emissions, our research, technical expertise and industry-firsts are supporting a safe, sustainable maritime energy transition.  Lloyd’s Register Group is wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a politically and financially independent global charity that promotes safety and education.




With over 30 years of operation, NAPA is a leading software and data services provider for ship design and operations to enable safer, more sustainable, and future-proof maritime industry. Headquartered in Finland, NAPA employs 200 experts, combining expertise in naval architecture, fleet operations and digital services. NAPA operates globally, with a presence in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, the USA, Germany, Greece, Romania and India. With over 90% of new vessels built by NAPA customers, NAPA’s ship design software is the global de facto standard in shipbuilding. Furthermore, NAPA is a market leader in ship stability management and safety data services for passenger ships, and its cloud-based solutions for ship performance monitoring and voyage optimization support shipping’s decarbonization journey.




RISK4SEA is an online platform to provide PSC performance transparency to the market by analysing PSC Data providing KPI, Demographics, Detentions Analytics, reports, Benchmarks and Insights for 23 fleet segments in an advanced analysis of the last 5 years to assist stakeholders to:

-PREPARE for forthcoming PSC inspections
-ANALYSE PSC performance to identify strengths & weaknesses
-BENCHMARK fleets against competition and the industry




SEAFiT, powered by SAFETY4SEA, is a pioneering mental health program providing comprehensive guidance and a holistic approach to maritime stakeholders to evaluate the mental health state of both their shore and sea staff and raise awareness over wellbeing issues.




2024 GREEN4SEA Singapore Forum: Decarbonization challenges for thought

The 1st GREEN4SEA Singapore Forum was a full day event that took place on Friday 19th of April 2024 at the Orchid Main Ballroom, level 4, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, where it became apparent that even though the landscape around decarbonization is uncertain, it’s clear that the industry should remain proactive and vigilant.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having SQE MARINE as the lead sponsor. The event was also sponsored by: ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO. LTD, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Latsco Marine Management Inc., Lloyd’s Register (LR), NAPA, RISK4SEA, and SEAFiT.

Supporters of the event included the following organizations: GSR Services, INTERCARGO, Institutre of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), International Windship Association (IWSA), Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA), Singapore Maritime officers’ Union (SMOU), and the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association (ZESTAs). Furthermore, Worldoils acted as the event’s media sponsor.

Agenda Highlights

  • Addressing human factors issues for a just transition
  • Key barriers and opportunities towards decarbonization
  • Future fuels and crew training
  • Considerations for IMO 2030/2050
  • Industry trends and initiatives to accelerate decarbonization
  • Ship recycling challenges and regulatory update
  • How collaboration supports industry’s green transition
  • Considerations for IMO 2030/2050


Opening the Forum, Apo Belokas, the Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA, greeted the attendees and speakers and expressed gratitude to all the event sponsors and supporters. He highlighted the significance of onboard connectivity, referencing the 2023 SEAFiT Crew survey. This survey, the largest of its kind worldwide, involved 1.6K ships and 19K seafarers and found that seafarers rely on high-quality internet access to maintain connections and communicate with their loved ones back on land, a need expressed by an astounding 91% of participants. In response, SAFETY4SEA has launched a petition advocating for industry leaders to support free internet access for maritime workers, with the goal of enhancing their well-being. Belokas encouraged everyone to actively participate in the campaign by signing, sharing, and engaging, underscoring the opportunity to make a meaningful impact and facilitate smoother communication between seafarers and their families ashore.

Session #1: Human factors’ role in energy transition

Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, gave an insightful presentation where he underscored that the maritime industry faces an uncertain future due to the complexities of decarbonization, rising operational costs, and a predominant focus on environmental sustainability over human factors. He pointed out that the commercial shipping sector, characterized by fragmentation and varying operational scales, has to face unique challenges. According to Apo Belokas, there is an urgent need to reevaluate the industry’s approach to upskilling and human capital management to keep up with this evolving environment.

Capt Yves Vandenborn, FNI, Executive Board member, The Nautical Institute, offered a presentation that provided an update on the Green Curriculum project that the Nautical Institute is currently involved with. This project focuses on developing and implementing training programs to educate and prepare crews for the use of alternative fuels in the maritime industry. The aim is to ensure that seafarers are adequately trained and competent to handle and manage vessels using alternative and sustainable fuel sources, supporting the industry’s transition towards greener shipping practices while taking the human factor into consideration.

Capt. Mohd Salleh, Specialist (Navigation & Shiphandling) & Special Projects, Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA), provided attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the evolving landscape of alternative fuels expected to significantly impact the maritime industry. He discussed SMA’s innovative approach to curriculum development for new fuels, sharing insights into the detailed process of designing, developing, and delivering this curriculum, thereby shedding light on this crucial aspect of maritime education and practice.

Session #2: Maritime decarbonization

Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association, delivered an insightful presentation on ZESTA’s ShipZERO program. This program stands as a distinctive platform, bringing together top-tier experts from both the maritime and energy sectors. Its primary aim is to foster Absolute Zero Ecosystems, crucial for realizing the ambitious targets outlined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club, emphasized that declaring a clear winner in the fuel race is premature, as the transition towards fuel technology maturity will unfold gradually, shaped by safety considerations, fuel availability, and infrastructure expansion. Ansuman Ghosh highlighted the importance of acknowledging an intermediary phase within the energy transition, moving away from a direct shift from fossil-based energy to a completely green fuel landscape. He also discussed the European Union’s initiatives, such as the EU ETS and FuelEU Maritime, providing insights into ongoing industry developments and best practices for managing emissions.

Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA), emphasized that wind propulsion, as a zero-emissions energy source, is gaining momentum with fifty ships either already equipped or wind-ready. Allwright pointed out that the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG strategy, which requires swift and substantial emission cuts, can be effectively addressed by wind propulsion technologies available today. Moreover, he pointed out that There are several policy and market drivers that align with technological and operational trends, accelerating the development and adoption of wind propulsion in the shipping industry.

Capt. Satinder Virdi, Principal Consultant, Head of Research and Development, Maritime Advisory, DNV Singapore Pte. Ltd., discussed the role of technical and operational measures in enhancing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management and emphasized the complexities involved in selecting the appropriate fuel, which depend on factors such as trade routes, fuel availability, vessel type, and stakeholder roles. Capt. Satinder Virdi also highlighted the importance of careful planning for crew competence and the Management of Change (MOC) in utilizing alternative fuels, underscoring the necessity of meticulous preparation to ensure the transition to alternative fuels.

Saunak Rai, Head of FueLNG and Asia Board Member of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), provided a comprehensive perspective on the alternative fuel pathways in the maritime industry’s transition. Rai emphasized that while alternative fuels offer promising solutions for decarbonization, they also present significant safety and infrastructure considerations that need to be addressed. He highlighted that the journey towards achieving zero-emission shipping is complex and not straightforward, requiring careful planning, collaboration, and innovation.

Session #3: Green shipping challenges

Jack Spyros Pringle, Lead Consultant, Business Advisory, Lloyd’s Register, focused his presentation on the development of effective transition pathways for vessels to align with emissions reduction targets. He emphasized the importance of robust techno-economic modelling to create a comprehensive chain of technical and operational solutions. Jack Spyros Pringle highlighted that developing a fleet-wide energy transition strategy is crucial not only for achieving emissions reduction goals but also for unlocking competitive advantages and implementing effective risk mitigation measures.

Yihu Wang, Sales Manager – Shipping Solutions, NAPA, delivered a presentation on leveraging the value of 3D design models for decarbonization within the maritime industry. To address this gap, Yihu Wang introduced NAPA’s collaborative digital twin project, designed to securely store and provide authorized access to these 3D models. This approach facilitates streamlined tasks such as performance analysis and evaluation of energy-saving devices, thereby promoting operational efficiency and supporting decarbonization efforts. Furthermore, he emphasized that collaboration among stakeholders is essential for effectively leveraging the capabilities of 3D design models in the maritime sector.

Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Risk Assessor, UK P&I Club, provided an overview of ship recycling regulations, emphasizing best practices for the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) and highlighting the risks associated with non-compliance. Capt. Akshat Arora’s focus was on supporting sustainable practices throughout the lifecycle of a ship “from cradle to grave”, from its construction to its eventual recycling, ensuring adherence to regulations and promoting responsible and environmentally friendly ship recycling practices.

During the panel discussion, Peter Schellenberger, Director of Novamaxis Pte Ltd, emphasized the multifaceted challenges that the maritime industry must address to achieve a sustainable transition. He highlighted that these challenges extend beyond the adoption of alternative fuel paths and energy-saving technologies. He underscored the importance of navigating shifting regulations effectively, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and promoting a fundamental shift in attitude and thinking within the industry.

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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

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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. FREE attendance includes coffee, snacks and drinks during breaks plus lunch at the event venue. Attendance does NOT include accommodation and/or travelling or parking which should be paid in by the delegates as decided/applicable.

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.

At the event

Where is the event being held and how do I get there?
The event location is is at the Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956, Singapore. You may find instructions here.

What happens when I get to the event venue?
When you arrive at the event please go to the registration desk and collect your badge which should be worn at all times. Welcome coffee and snacks are available during registration and breaks.

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

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