Shipping and Environmental Issues in 2011 Takes Place This Week In Halifax, Nova Scotia

By MarEx 2011-06-06 10:56:19

The Maritime Exective is proud to be a media sponsor of Shipping and Environmental Issue in 2011 Nova Scotia, Canada!

“Shipping and Environmental Issues in 2011
What more can be done?”
June 7 & 8, 2011
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA


This conference is being organized as a companion event prior to the
International Federation of Shipmasters Associations’
37th Annual General Assembly being held in Halifax June 9 & 10.

 

Experts Consider Environmental Impact of Ships

As a port city, how often do Haligonians think about the ships that sail in and out of our harbour?  The silent backbone of international trade, ships are the best environmental choice for moving large quantities of goods.  Oceans Week is the ideal time to reflect on both the services they provide us and the risks they represent. 

Although ships already have an excellent safety and environmental record, a conference in Halifax on June 7th and 8th at the Westin Hotel will look at laws, policies, procedures and technologies to further reduce the environmental footprint of the industry.  Several leading experts will be speaking: Paul Jamer of Halifax’s own Aspen Kemp, who have developed a hybrid tug design to lower noxious emissions; Hugh Shaw, who oversees oil pollution and salvage response for the United Kingdom; Dachang Du, from the International Maritime Organization; and Dr. Anne Marie Warris, a climate change expert with Lloyds Register headline the roster of speakers. 

There have been several international situations, including one involving the tanker Prestige, where countries have ignored a request for refuge which subsequently led to the break-up and total loss of the ship and crude oil cargo.  In response to such events the conference will also include a role-play facilitated discussion simulating an oil tanker breaking up off Nova Scotia’s coast and an examination of issues surrounding the selection and approval of a place of refuge. 

The conference, entitled “Shipping and Environmental Issues in 2011”, is being organized by the Company of Master Mariners of Canada.  The Company is a professional association for those qualified to command ships and has almost four hundred and fifty members nationally. 

As a member of the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA)  the Company of Master Mariners of Canada (CMMC) is hosting the IFSMA general assembly at the Westin Hotel on June 9th and 10th.  The International Federation will explore solutions to piracy, cross-cultural competence, increasing ship-board automation, reducing fuel consumption, and the impacts of trading into areas with radiation leaks. IFSMA members are travelling from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America to attend the two events.

International Gathering of Ship Captains in Halifax

The International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA) will be meeting in Halifax during Oceans Week on June 9th and 10th to discuss issues of international significance.  Piracy, of course, is at the top of the agenda since ships are besieged even when protected by multi-national naval escorts.

Also high on the agenda will be the international trend towards criminalizing seafarers.  Increasingly when an accident occurs, particularly if there is significant pollution, countries are quick to toss the ship’s Captain in jail while they determine the cause; there are several cases where Captains have been jailed for over two years awaiting a decision on responsibility for the accident.

Other topics will include cross-cultural competence, the impact of new electronic chart systems, and, due to the situation in Japan, trading in areas with radiation leaks.  Additionally, there will be environmental sessions as the Masters look at their role in reducing the environmental footprint of the industry, with two sessions on reducing fuel consumption and one on managing oil spills.

As a member of IFSMA, The Company of Master Mariners of Canada (CMMC) will be hosting the international gathering.  Adding value to the long trip that many are making to Halifax, the CMMC has organized a conference on “Shipping and Environmental Issues in 2011”, to be held at the Westin Hotel on June 7th and 8th.  They have attracted an excellent roster of speakers including: Paul Jamer, of Halifax’s Aspen Kemp who have developed a hybrid tug design to lower noxious emissions; Hugh Shaw, who oversees oil pollution and salvage response for the United Kingdom; Dachang Du, from the International Maritime Organization; and Dr. Anne Marie Warris, a climate change expert with Lloyds Register.

There have been several international situations, including one involving the tanker Prestige where countries have ignored a request for refuge which subsequently led to the break-up and total loss of the ship and crude oil cargo.  In response to such events, the conference will also include a role-play facilitated discussion simulating an oil tanker breaking up off Nova Scotia’s coast, and an examination of the issues surrounding the selection and approval of a place of refuge. 

The Company of Master Mariners of Canada is a professional association for those qualified to command ships and has almost four hundred and fifty members nationally. 

Additional information on the conference and the Company of Master Mariners of Canada is available on the Company website at www.mastermariners.ca and on the International Federation at www.ifsma.org.