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Singapore conference on ballast water control

Institute Of Marine Engineering Science And Technology - IMarEST : 03 February, 2014  (New Product)
Marine ballast water and sediment management is the subject of a conference being held by IMarEST in Singapore on 20th March 2014
Singapore conference on ballast water control

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will require all ships to implement a Ballast Water and Sediments Management Plan, to carry a Ballast Water Record Book and be required to carry out ballast water management procedures to a given standard. Parties to the Convention are given the option to take additional measures which are subject to criteria set out in the Convention and to IMO guidelines. It is thought that ratification of the convention will happen in the very near future and thoughts now turn to implementation.
 
The 1st IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology) Ballast Water Technology Asia Conference, being held on 20 March during Asia Pacific Maritime and addressing the logistic challenges posted by the retrofit deadlines, is taking place at both an ideal time, and in the perfect location as much of the retrofit work on ships which need to be made compliant will be done in Singapore.  With its theme ‘Meeting the Timelines’ the conference will be asking: ‘How will the region rise to the challenge?’ as well as looking at solutions and engaging owners.
 
The first London IMarEST Ballast Water Technology conference, held in early 2012, established itself straightaway as the leading technical Ballast Water conference, with in-depth presentations from leading industry representatives. The third London-based event will take place on 27-28 March as delegates gather for MEPC 66 at IMO the following week, see www.imarest.org/BWT.
 
About the Singapore-based conference
Chaired by Zafral Alam, Assistant Director, (Shipping Regulations & Development), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and with a keynote address by Capt George Solomon, Director of Global Security & Environment, APL, the conference features sessions on ‘Regulation and Compliance’, ‘Challenges for Shipbuilding’ with a presentation on ‘Challenges and cost’, ‘Owners and Operators’, and includes both an ‘Owners Panel’ and a ‘Technology Panel’.
 
Topics being covered in the Regulation and Compliance session include ‘Regulatory review – IMO and US’; ‘Remaining concerns with the BWM Convention’; ‘Compliance challenges: Port Sate Control and testing issues’; and Solutions to compliance challenges’.  And, in the Challenges for Shipbuilding session ‘Retrofit challenges’, ‘Yard challenges’ and ‘The minimum ballast water ship’ will come under the conference spotlight.
 
Speakers include Brijesh Tewari, Manager Marine Consultancy Services, Lloyd’s Register Asia, Praveen Kumar Mishra, Senior Principal Surveyor and Vice President Certification, Indian Register of Shipping, Chris Yeom, Senior Engineer Nava Architect, Daewoo, Tim Wilkins, Regional Manager Asia-Pacific / Senior Manager Environment, INTERTANKO, and Chew Hwee Hong, Managing Director, Ecospec.
 
The day ends with a networking conference reception.

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