Interview

Improving environmental footprint is an ongoing process

Mr. Poul Woodall, Director Environment & Sustainability, DFDS, explains what the GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award means for his company. DFDS was the winner of the award this year for its focus on green shipping by investing in many initiatives. Mr. Woodall highlights that companies should never put on hold efforts for reducing their environmental impact.

Safety is directly linked to training and experience

Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention talks about Standard P&I Club’s initiatives to tackle human error. Capt. Vandenborn notes that there is a need to enhance situational awareness and reassess the risks involved in daily operations in order seafarers not to deal with them as routine tasks and he concludes that safety culture with quality experience is crucial.

Sharing information is the best loss prevention practice

George Devereese, Loss Prevention Advisor, UK P&I Club, says that personal injury is the Club’s second highest volume of claims and the most costly as well. He suggests information sharing as best practice for loss prevention, for example near miss and accident reporting should become an actual learning experience for all crew onboard

Retaining the ‘right crew’ onboard

Colin Gillespie, North P&I Club, notes that one of the biggest challenges for the industry is to retain the ‘right crew’ onboard. Mr. Gillespie highlights that safety culture and seafarer standards are closely linked, therefore it is important to keep onboard seafarers with the right ability and attitude, and talks about Club’s initiatives towards that end.

Maritime security of seafarers remains a top priority

Following recent pirate attacks off Somalia, industry is a bit concerned about Somali piracy again after approximately five years since the latest reported incident. Cyber security is a new emerging industry that has attracted much of industry’s attention. James Wilkes, Managing Director, GRAY PAGE, says that, regardless the type of the risk, industry must be always alerted and concerned about securing seafarers from piracy or any form of violence by external criminal actors.

Interview with Edmund Hughes, IMO

Dr. Edmund Hughes, Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Marine Environment Division of International Maritime Organization (IMO), talks about IMO’s efforts to combat GHG emissions from shipping, highlighting that industry needs to continue to support the Organization in formulating global regulations towards a more sustainable future.

Shipping emissions: lessons learned from the aviation industry

Mr. Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping, comments current developments regarding the inclusion of shipping in ETS and stresses that regardless the offsetting scheme is finally run by either IMO or an ETS, it is important for the industry not to deviate from the initial object; the reduction of the GHG emissions from shipping. Mr Dufour shares his long experience from the aviation industry to describe what an EU ETS for shipping would mean, noting that it will be definitely a ‘complex process’.

Panama Canal sets the direction to green shipping

In an exclusive interview with GREEN4SEA, Mr. Alexis Rodriguez, Panama Canal’s Environmental Protection Specialist, talks about Canal’s Green Route strategy which consists of many initiatives encouraging operators to enhance environmental performance in the industry. Mr Rodriguez says that with the implementation of these green practices, the Panama Canal expects a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions and reveals further projects on the pipeline which will additionally contribute to sustainability and energy efficiency.

Interview with Guido Harling, ETS Verification GmbH

Guido Harling, Executive Director and Founder ETSverification GmbH, says the reporting of shipping emissions under MRV Regulation is a ‘daunting task’ and advises how companies shall get prepared for the monitoring plan up to the Aug 31st deadline

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