P&E underway in Copenhagen

24 Apr 2013
MAN Diesel & Turbo hosted the pre-conference reception at the Diesel House in Copenhagen

MAN Diesel & Turbo hosted the pre-conference reception at the Diesel House in Copenhagen

The Motorship’s 35th propulsion & emissions conference has got under way in Copenhagen, with over 130 delegates registered.

The two-day event began on the Tuesday evening, with a reception hosted by MAN Diesel & Turbo at the Diesel House museum, where those present were treated to a startup of the 1930s B&W engine, which for many years enjoyed the status of the world’s largest diesel engine. Many other exhibits, mostly covering the long history of B&W, MAN, and, in particular, the Sealandia – the first true motor ship, launched in 1912 at B&W.

The first conference sessions, chaired by Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO deputy secretary general, began with a welcome address from Christian Breinholt, deputy director general of the Danish Maritime Authority, and chairman of the IMO’s MSC. Two keynote speakers then addressed the conference; first was Arsenio Dominquez, vice-chairman of the IMO Marine Equipment Division, who stressed, as far as 2015 and Tier III are concerned, that non-compliance is not an option. He was followed by Hideaki Saito, from the Japanese ministry or land, infrastructure and transport, who outlined how the industry in Japan was meeting the challenges of emissions limits and fuel economy.

Then it was time to hear of the practical experiences so far, starting with the AP Moeller-Maersk group’s five years of experience in slow steaming, presented by Christian Skoudal Loth of Maersk Maritime Technology. He told how the engine designers had originally said it couldn’t be done; but the company successfully implemented ultra-slow steaming with no ill-effects. The engine builder viewpoint was put across by Christian Ludwig of MAN Diesel & Turbo, and two SEEMP-related presentations followed, from Jorgen Mansenerus of shipowner Bore, which has trialled SEEMP on Bore Sea, and from Esa Henttinen of NAPA, who considered the impact of SEEMP on present-day ship operations.

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