Green Ship Technology Conference 2015: Winds of Green Change

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GST: The Top Green Ship Technology Event (Source: http://www.informamaritimeevents.com/event/greenshiptechnology)

As Green As It Gets
For an industry known to be largely conservative, the Green Ship Technology (GST) Conference is a ground breaking development. Rising fuel costs and increasingly demanding emission norms create a dire need for more eco-friendly and less expensive ships. And considering the speed of tightening of regulations, there isn’t much time left.

Held annually, the GST Conference is the foremost environment-friendly technology event for the maritime industry. It is organized by the Informa Plc and focuses on the burning environmental challenges that affect the industry. The who’s who of the shipping world attend the event that never fails to dazzle and enlighten them.

Twelfth edition of the GST Conference is scheduled for March 10-13, 2015 at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Copenhagen. As always, there are the highly anticipated GST Awards presented annually to the most innovative technology with demonstrated benefits in the maritime environment over the preceding twelve months.

GST Conference 2015

In order to put things in a better perspective, steadily rising fuel costs and not so steadily rising costs of compliance with increasingly complex emission regulations have eaten away the profit margins of shipping. Things have reached a point where freight rates are only slightly greater than operational costs.

Now, to the event. Over 250 decision makers representing a cross section of the global maritime industry will attend the event. The conference invites high caliber, cutting edge technical papers and the Advisory Committee screens them to ensure that only the most relevant papers of the highest technical standards are presented.

From-PI-to-KPI-to-SPIFloor Plan for Expanded GST 2015
(Source: http://www.informamaritimeevents.com/event/greenshiptechnology)

That apart, the event offers unparalleled networking opportunities, practical workshops, roundtable groups, interactive panel discussions, breakout sessions, and breakfast briefings. Organizers finalize the program after months of fastidious research to pick only the most compelling issues making the conference the principal global eco-friendly shipping event.

Attendees include representatives of shipping companies, shipbuilders, charterers, and manufacturers and suppliers of marine equipment. Then, there are the marine engineers and naval architects who with academics and marine administrators complete the spectrum of maritime professionals at the event.
GST Conference 2015 will focus on the following technical issues:

  • latest innovations for sustainable shipping
  • emission controls
  • fuel efficiency and energy management
  • alternative sources of energy
  • frontline designs for maximum operational ship efficiency
  • retrofitting solutions: technical and financial
  • codifying practically feasible benchmarks and key performance indicators (KPIs)

Apart from these areas, organizers have invited papers on:

  • shipping related international environmental regulations, emissions norms in ports and terminals, and practical guides to energy efficiency design index (EEDI) and ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP)
  • hydrodynamics, ship-lifecycle management, sustainable recycling, antifouling technology, and ecologically sustainable ships
  • technology for oily water treatment and for cutting down carbon emission, ballast pollution, and wastewater contamination
  • advances in engine and propulsion technology
  • LNG as ship fuel
  • finance for green technology
  • corporate social responsibility (CSR) for sustainable shipping
  • crew training for sensitization of personnel on green shipping

GST Awards seek to identify and acknowledge all the efforts that have proved their mettle in reducing the toxic impact of shipping on marine environment. Winners for 2014 include:

  • ECOsubsea AS: Green Ship Technology of the Year
  • DFDS Seaways: Green Ship-owner of the Year

Measurement: The Foundation of Evaluation
Any system hoping to improve the state of affairs has to be based on measurement. Otherwise it cannot quantify the level of current performance. Neither can it check if the steps undertaken to boost performance have produced the desired effect.

HierarchyThe Hierarchy: From PI to KPI to SPI
(Source: https://www.shipping-kpi.org/book/page/2)

Shipping KPI is a system that measures the defined parameters related to operational performance. It then reports the measurements in order to vastly improve the performance of ship-operating companies and to provide an avenue for efficient communication to all shipping related stakeholders.

And yes, these KPIs are very effective. In the three years to June 2012, the largest container shipping company in the world Maersk Line saved a stunning $90 million by implementing measures similar to KPIs.

KPIs are a part of the industry-wide Shipping Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Project currently named as the KPI Association Ltd. InterManager, Wilhelmsen ASA, Research Council of Norway, and MARINTEK started the project by compiling operational performance data from 1158 vessels (as of June 2012).

This system comprises of three levels – 7 Shipping Performance Indexes (SPI) at the top followed by 34 Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and 66 Performance Indicators (PI). The seven SPIs measure performance on:

  • health safety
  • human resource management
  • environment-friendliness
  • navigational safety
  • operations
  • security
  • technology

Finally

Environment is common global property. We are all equally liable to maintain and improve it for we all enjoy its fruits. Everybody’s business, unfortunately, becomes nobody’s business. With events such as the GST Conference, everyone’s business remains everyone’s business.

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