The Motorship’s P&E34 kicks off in Hamburg

23 May 2012
Some 170 attendees at the 34th ‘Motorship’ Propulsion and Emissions Conference include shipowners and ship managers as well as key industry figures

Some 170 attendees at the 34th ‘Motorship’ Propulsion and Emissions Conference include shipowners and ship managers as well as key industry figures

The Motorship’s 34th Propulsion and Emissions conference has got under way in Hamburg. 170 delegates have signed up for this important event which addresses the critical question of forthcoming sulphur limits.

Chairman for the first day, Dr Pierre Sames of Germanischer Lloyd, introduced Achim Wehrmann, director or shipping, German Federal Ministry of Transport, who gave the welcome address about the MARPOL Annex VI amendments and how the German industry hoped to meet the challenges.

The first keynote address came from Maximilian Strotmann, from the cabinet of EC vice-president Siim Kallas who said that 2015 was the toughest issue facing transport in Europe over the last two years. The second keynote speech was given by IMO MEPC Chairman Andreas Chrysostomou. He made the point that as regulators, IMO and the other bodies are indeed ready for 2015, but things are far less clear within the industry, and much more work needs to be done. 2015 is an important date from another point of view, he said, because by then the maritime industry has to be ready with its greenhouse gas solution. It is down to the regulators to give the industry a clear picture, and Mr Chrysostomou believes this will happen.

The first session was completed by a selection of shipowner presentations, with Capt Stefan Bülow of Ernst Russ talking about the ECA issues for the container, ro-ro and short sea sectors. Then Ardmore shipping’s Gerry Docherty spoke about the human element on technical performance, and outlined how his company proposed to answer the question of the 2015 ECA sulphur limit. “Non-compliance is not an option,” he stressed. Kasper Moos of DFDS agreed with Mr Docherty that exhaust gas cleaning was indeed a viable option for newbuilds and some retrofits, despite the high capital expenditure – DFDS has a pilot installation on its Tor Ficaria.

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