LR Hellenic Technical Committee & Hellenic Technical Environmental Sub-Committee Combined Session

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Katharine Palmer, LR Environmental Manager, delivered a paper on Understanding Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)

Katharine Palmer, LR Environmental Manager, delivered a paper on Understanding Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)

Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV), Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL) and Barred Speed Range & Light Running Margin were key themes at the combined session of Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Hellenic Technical Committee and Hellenic Technical Environmental Sub-Committee

Piraeus, 27 November – LR Hellenic Technical Committee (HTC) and Hellenic Technical Environmental Sub-Committee (HTESC) met on Thursday 26 November 2015 in a combined session at the premises of Hellenic Lloyd’s in Piraeus.

In his opening comments, Theodosis Stamatellos, LR Regional Marine Manager GEMA, focused on the activities of the LR Foundation (LRF) and its aim to connect science, safety and society by supporting research and promoting education. He specifically referred to the support of LRF to research exploring the potential implications of nanotechnology on the safety and performance of the engineering assets and infrastructure on which modern society relies. Underpinning a commitment to the Greek Shipping Community, Mr Stamatellos made specific reference to the long standing collaboration of LRF with Greek educational and industry bodies such as the NTUA, HELMEPA and UGS.

A view from the combined session

A view from the combined session

Vassilis Papageorgiou, Vice President, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement SA and LR HTC Chairman, highlighted shaft alignment issues in the new building sector. He also expressed his concerns regarding legislation not being always at the same pace with technological developments, mentioning as examples the NOx Tier III regulations and the BWM Convention.

Sokratis Dimakopoulos, Deputy Managing Director, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement SA and LR HTESC Chairman, stressed the importance of MRV regulations being effective from 2018 onwards, when the first reporting cycle for CO2 emissions from shipping will apply, and said that the shipping community must be prepared to have the monitoring plans ready. Furthermore, he brought to the attention of the audience a new Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/253 of 16 February 2015, laying down the rules concerning the sampling and reporting under Council Directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels.

Guest speakers from LR Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Southampton provided their valuable insight on technical subjects currently at the top of the agenda of the shipping industry. Katharine Palmer, LR Environmental Manager, delivered on Understanding Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV), David Hampson, LR Lead Technology Specialist, addressed the Barred Speed Range & Light Running Margin, whereas Peter Davies, Principal Specialist, Engineering Systems, made a presentation on Sterntube Bearings and Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL). Charalampos Anastasakis, LR Senior Marine Specialist from the Piraeus Technical Support Office, provided an update on Ballast Water Management (BWM) developments and the expected entry into force date of the BWM Convention.

The presentations were well received and induced fruitful and productive discussions.

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