Compliance with Ballast Water Convention and Sulphur Levels Outlined at Passenger Ship Sustainability 2017
Maritime pollution has become an international area of concern with individual nations focusing on reducing NOx and CO2 in sovereign waters. This in turn is forcing regulatory bodies to monitor the activities of their members much more closely. International regulations to reduce emissions will soon come into force and will severely impact the shipping industry.
Passenger Ship Sustainability will take place over the 14th - 15th November 2017 in Southampton, UK. Confirmed presentations include Carnival Corporation, MSC Cruises, DFDS and Wightlink Ferries, plus the Port of Helsinki and Port of Barcelona. They will be appearing alongside regulatory bodies and industry experts to discuss how the industry can reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.
Key challenges include the Ballast Water Convention and the IMO 0.5% sulphur limit on air emissions. These topics will be discussed by operators and industry experts using case studies and technical insights.
The implications of invasive species to ecosystems have driven international and IMO regulations on how ship owners must treat and discharge ballast water. The Ballast Water Convention entering affect 8th September aims to halt the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens. Ship owners have until 2019 to refurb existing ships to meet the convention.
Yildiz Williams, a senior marine consultant from Lloyds Register and a specialist in ballast water will attend The Passenger Ship Sustainability meeting to provide operators with a technical insight into the challenges of retrofits and installations as well as comment on implementation strategies and certification. Further advice for ship operators during the meeting will be provided by Mario Dogliani, Technical Director, SEA Europe - Shipyard’s and Maritime Equipment Association who will demonstrate how operators can achieve ballast water compliance.
The IMO 0.5% sulphur limit on air emissions enters into affect in January 2020. However, the 0.1% limit was introduced in the Baltic Sea region in 2015 and provides operators with an opportunity to use the region as a case study.
Passenger Ship Sustainability will explore feedback from the Baltic Sea Region through operator DFDS and the University of Turku presenting case studies and an assessment of the air quality and impact on public health.
Poul Woodall, Environment and Sustainability Director, DFDS, will provide operators with operational feedback on scrubbers used across their fleet. The trials and fleet wide application have been in operation for close to a decade, providing ship owners with a unique opportunity to discover impacts on fuel and energy consumption, cost savings, ongoing maintenance and refurbishment challenges.
The University of Turku (in the Baltic Sea area) have led a region wide study into the environmental impact of low emission shipping incorporating ports and research institutes. Findings from the emissions new fuels are producing and the associated impacts, benefits and risks will be presented by Dr Sari Repka, Project Manager of the study. Using measurements and modelling strategies, conclusions from the research will be drawn from real life data and provide insight into future environmental requirements.
Passenger Ship Sustainability will additionally address topics covering air pollution, LNG and alternative energy fuels, ship design and next generation engine and propulsion systems. With a fully confirmed speaker line-up download the meeting agenda today. Cruise and ferry operators receive free entry.