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Title: Ballast Water Management Convention: Early learnings and final preparations

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019

Time 15:00 British Summer Time

Duration: 1 hour

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After 15 years the Ballast Water Management Convention is finally coming into full effect on September 8, 2019. But the regulation is anticipated to affect shipowners for years to come with retrofitting of existing ships not expected to peak until a few years down the line.

The long gap between the year of adoption and the entry into force includes a partial delay granted by the International Maritime Organization and reflects, to a certain point, concerns about the suitability of available technology and ballast water management systems to meet the requirements.

There are now dozens of available systems and the rule already applies to newbuild vessels. The reality, however, is that this is a new predicament for shipowners and operators and adding a whole new piece of equipment on the vessel presents a new degree of complexity in operations, no matter how routine those may end up becoming.

What factors and technical aspects should owners be considering when choosing a system? Which types of systems are better suited for what type of vessels? What challenges may operators face when using these systems? What kind of training does crew need to operate a system and resolve any potential challenges that emerge during a voyage?

The new regulation will be financially costly. But ensuring adherence to the rules, avoiding run-ins with authorities and minimising impact is possible with sufficient preparation.

What are some of the key components of the regulation, beyond the installation of the system? When is the most appropriate time to retrofit an existing ship with a system? What happens if a system breaks down in the middle of a voyage? What reaction should vessels expect from port authorities?

Only time and experience will comprehensively answer these questions. But being prepared and informed are the key antidotes in the meantime and there is no better approach today than to hear perspectives from experts and those who are already today subject to the regulation.

Join Anastassios Adamopoulos, Lloyd’s List’s news reporter, for this Hyde Marine sponsored webinar, where we explore the technical considerations and operational implications of one of the most anticipated regulations in recent memory.

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Mark Riggio

Mark Riggio
Senior Market Manager
Hyde Marine

Mark Riggio is the Senior Market Manager for the UV-based ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer, Hyde Marine and President of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers' Association (BEMA). Mark brings his experience as a Class surveyor, Regulatory Manager, a maritime consultant, Port Engineer and Fleet Manager to the complex issues of the ballast water treatment market. A regular presenter and contributor, Mark has authored and co-authored a number of works on ballast water management and the BWTS market. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Mark has an Executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Mars, Pennsylvania with his wife Amy and their three children: Hannah, Michael and Jack.

Marcie Merksamer

Marcie Merksamer
Secretary General

Marcie Merksamer is Secretary General of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) and Vice President of EnviroManagement, Inc., an environmental services and consulting company she co-founded in 2002. As a Fellow of The Institute for Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), she attends IMO meetings as an IMarEST delegate and is Co-Chair of the IMarEST Ballast Water Expert Group (BWEG).

Using her training as an environmental biologist, Marcie has focused on aquatic invasive species and ballast water management topics for 18 years.

A primary goal in her work is to facilitate productive working relationships between scientists, technology developers, industry and regulatory stakeholders, which are critical to carrying out BEMA’s Mission and Purpose.

Michael Lehamn

Michael Lehamn
Principal Engineer, Department of Environmental Protection

Michael Lehmann is a principal engineer with DNV GL Maritime where he performs type approval of ballast water management systems.

He has held this position for over three and a half years but has been with the classification society for the past 18 years. With a background in environmental chemistry he has been focusing on environmental issues and climate change at DNV GL and his previous roles have included managing director for climate change services and head of section for environmental research and development.

John Kerr

John Kerr
Global Head of Technical

John Kerr is Global Head of Technical at V.Ships, where he is responsible for all overview and support of all day to day functions for all vessels under full technical management of V Group. He has previously served in various senior management positions, having sailed at sea from the rank of Engineering Cadet to Chief Engineer, the most recent of these being Operations Director & Fleet Director at V.Ships, and Technical Director of Caledonian MacBrayne. He graduated from the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies as an Extra 1st Class Engineer, and has served as Chairman of IMarEST.

Anastassios Adamopoulos

Anastassios Adamopoulos
Lloyd's List

Based in London, Anastassios reports on the shipping industry across UK and Europe. With regular contributions to the daily news coverage Anastassios specialises in international maritime regulation and regularly attends International Maritime Organisation meetings in London. Born in Greece, Anastassios worked for the Greek Reporter, and gained his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan.