Head of Section Safety & Systems,
Session: Global sulphur cap 2020: know the different choices and challenges for on-time compliance
SPEAKER INTERVIEW - Fabian Kock
Can you give an overview of your conference topic/session? Why is this an important topic to discuss?
Stricter limits on sulphur ( SOx) emission are already in place in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in Europe and the Americas, and new control areas are being established in ports in China. As a result of the increased international attention to air pollution, a growing number of ship owners are beginning to weigh their options to ensure compliance. They face a choice of switching from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to marine gas oil (MGO), burning ultra-low Sulphur HFO/hybrid fuel, retrofitting vessels to use alternative fuels such as LNG or installing scrubber systems which allow them to continue operating on regular HFO.
What can attendees expect to learn and discover from your session?
To assist in navigating both the regulatory landscape and the alternatives for compliance, this presentation aims to provide an introduction to the choices and challenges ahead.
What do you think is the biggest issue being faced/discussed in your industry at the moment?
Poor market situation in combination with the challenging environmental regulations (sulphur cap, Tier 3, Ballast Water Management) at the horizon.
What is the biggest lesson you learned in 2016?
That only by pro-actively working together all players in the industry can find a common way to overcome the challenging market situation.
What do you think the biggest challenge for the industry will be in 2017?
To further adopt with the poor market situation.
What innovative measures should the industry adopt in the next few years to ensure market sustainability and growth?
It is believed that not only improved “hardware” can assist to gain a competitive advantage, but also a smart use of data can serve as an important method to further improve the energy efficiency and operation of ships.
Why do you think events like Intermodal Europe are important for the industry?
To exchange ideas in order to jointly find best solutions to serve common clients.