Sustainable Shipping Roundtable Webcast

'Tipping Point' will see shipping companies turn to efficiency and environmental technologies in large numbers, industry leaders suggest

In conjunction with the 5th International Sustainable Shipping Forum in Washington organised by Petromedia this October 2008, a closed-door roundtable session took place to stimulate debate and gather tangible outcomes from some of the most influential voice of authorities in the shipping and bunkering industries.

Bringing together top leaders and decision-makers selected from organizations representative of key stakeholders in the maritime industry, the roundtable aimed to provide a platform to exchange views and formulate powerful industry thoughts on one of the biggest barriers to address environmental issues in the maritime industry: How can environmental compliance be achieved in a commercially sound and sustainable way?

Discussion theme

One of the biggest barriers to addressing environmental issues within the maritime industry is the cost of 'up front' investment. The aim of the closed-door roundtable session was to explore how emissions reductions can be addressed in a commercially sound way. The debate aimed to generate outcomes about what shipping companies, suppliers and environmental technology firms need from each other. Moreover, it set out to draw conclusions on whether investment in 'emission reduction' initiatives should be 'market driven' or regulatory driven by port, state, federal and international legislative bodies.

The participants range from members of governmental organisations, shipowners/-operators, fuel suppliers, technology companies to environmental organisations.

Members of the international panel of shipping industry leaders said it was foreseeable that the European Union (EU) and the United States would pre-empt international regulations on Co2, a roundtable hosted as part of the fifth international Sustainable Shipping Conference in Washington DC heard last week. The panel also heard calls for 'bridging incentives' to pre-empt regulations in order to encourage take-up of proven emission reduction technologies such as scrubbing and fuel re-heat. These are just some of the topics you'll hear about.

Participants at the roundtable included

  • Andy Osbourne, Business Development Director
  • Byron Bunker, Center Director
    US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Clint Eisenhauer, Vice President
    Government Relations, Maersk Inc.
  • Drew Kodjack
    International Council for Clean Transportation
  • Hans Meijer, Policy Officer (Clean Air & Transport)
    Environment Directorate-General, European Commission
  • Heather Tomley
    Port of LA/Long Beach
  • Jacqueline Savitz, Senior Campaign Director
  • James Corbett, Associate Professor
    University of Delaware
  • Jorn Winkler, Founder
    DK Group
  • Joseph J Cox, President and CEO
    Chamber of Shipping of America
  • Mike Derby, General Manager
    Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics America
  • Nikolas Tavlarios, President
    Aegean Marine Petroleum
  • Paul Milkey, Manager
    California Air Resources Board