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Count down to IMarEST emissions conference being held in Cyprus

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Andreas Chrysostomou

Andreas Chrysostomou

World experts will be gathering in Limassol, Cyprus in a month’s time for the inaugural Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Shipping Emissions Conference, with its all-important theme ‘Controlling emissions, managing costs’.

The two day event being held Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October 2013 will be chaired by the 111th President of the IMarEST, Andreas Chrysostomou, Head of Maritime Policy, Department of Merchant Shipping Cyprus, and Immediate Past Chairman, Marine Environment Protection Committee, IMO who will deliver the opening morning keynote address on ‘Achieving sustainable shipping’.

The 1st IMarEST Shipping Emissions Conference will explore the challenges, as well as the opportunities, for shipping imposed by the growing emissions regime, embracing the twin themes of the conference – Controlling Emissions, Managing Costs.

Investment and compliance provides opportunities for responsible shipping companies which embrace the challenge and so are able to demonstrate green credentials to shippers; achieve the payback in reduced bunker costs which come with fuel efficiencies and benefit from the reduced attention of authorities and Port State Control interfering with operations and causing downtime.

The conference has been designed to offer timely and vital advice to shipowners on how to achieve compliance, with presentations being delivered after the Chairman’s keynote address in sessions devoted to ‘The Challenge Ahead’ encompassing Emissions regulation; and Future fuel costs and availability; ‘The Emerging Energy Mix’; ‘Energy Efficiency in Design’; and ‘Energy Efficiency in Operations’.  The conference is being held under the auspices of, and with the support, cooperation and input of, the Cyprus Branch of IMarEST, a cluster of technical excellence within the important Cypriot shipowning and management industry.

As Andreas Chrysostomou, IMarEST President explains: “The new Chapter 4 to MARPOL Annex VI entitled ‘Regulations on energy efficiency for ships’, makes mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships. The regulations apply to all ships over 400 gross tonnage.

“The EEDI is expected to stimulate continued innovation, technical development and technology update of all the components influencing the fuel efficiency of a ship from its design phase, and the 1st IMarEST Shipping Emissions Conference will bring delegates up to speed on current thinking.

“Additionally there are dates looming for NOx and SOx, ” he adds. “The current global cap on Sulphur content of fuel is 3.5% which reduces to 0.1% in US Environmental Control Areas (ECAs) by 1 August 2014 and to a similar percentage in all ECAs by 1 January 2015. January 2016 is a key time for NOx, with NOx standards mandatory for new builds after 2016 – Tier III global limits apply only in NOx Emission Control Areas. Our conference will ensure greater understanding of these regulations and provides opportunity to discuss the options open to shipowners and operators.”

Supported by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC), International Association for Catalytic Control of Ship Emissions to Air (IACCSEA), InterManager, InterTanko, the Nautical Institute, Safety4Sea, Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association (SSA) and the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) , the 1st IMarEST Shipping Emissions Conference, will, like all IMarEST events feature a conference reception and networking opportunities during all breaks between sessions.

The full programme and information on registering is at www.imarest.org/emissions and available from the Institute at events@imarest.org or +44 (0)20 7382 2702/2617.

ENDS

Caption: The 111th President of the IMarEST, Andreas Chrysostomou, Head of Maritime Policy, Department of Merchant Shipping Cyprus, and Immediate Past Chairman, Marine Environment Protection Committee, IMO

About the Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
The IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. The IMarEST (a registered charity) is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of around 15, 000 based in over 100 countries.

Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

The IMarEST has a growing network of Corporate Marine Partners who benefit from a tailored programme to support each global organisation’s specific requirements. Packages provide companies with a competitive edge by investing in staff and supporting Initial and Continuous Professional Development, supporting local, national, or international promotional programmes, providing specialised recruitment solutions, accrediting training courses, creating bespoke networking events and providing company employees with access to one of the largest online knowledge resources – the IMarEST Virtual Library.

The IMarEST is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the International Oceanographic Commission, and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international  intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g., the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining. It is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.

IMarEST runs a series of industry leading and technically excellent events and conferences as well as publishing internationally recognised publications: Marine Engineers Review (MER); Shipping World and Shipbuilder; Maritime IT and Electronics; Marine Scientist; and Offshore Technology.www.imarest.org

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