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ABS at the Green Ship Technology Conference 2019

Posted on Apr 03, 2019

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ABS Executive Vice President and Senior Maritime Advisor Kirsi Tikka joined Lloyd's List Chief Correspondent Richard Clayton on stage at the Green Ship Technology Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on the subject of ‘Women Leading the Way in Sustainable Shipping.’

In her remarks she talked about her current role at ABS leading the Sustainability Program to support the industry’s transition to low-carbon economy focusing on technology feasibility and safety.

During their conversation she also shared anecdotes about her career in the industry, and how the nature of sustainability in shipping has evolved over the years, and its current trends, opportunities and challenges.

“The challenge has changed from prevention of oil pollution to reduction of harmful emissions and decarbonization. This is a huge challenge that requires collaboration by all stakeholders in the industry. We need feasible technology, new low or zero carbon fuels, maybe even new regulatory framework to be able to reach the targets set for the industry,” said Tikka.

“There is a lot of challenging work, for both women and men, on new innovative technology, new energy sources, decarbonization pathways.”

Tikka concluded the discussion highlighting how sustainability in shipping will require the next generation of manpower to possess a diverse range of skillset in addition to traditional skill sets. 

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Jan Otto de Kat, Director of Containerships Market Sector at ABS joined a panel discussion where he offered keen insights on a wide range of issues including an update compliant fuels, the business case for investing in LNG or scrubbers; operational challenges, and next steps needed: avoiding contamination, selecting lubricants, devising an implementation plan.

Christian Schack, ABS Director, Regional Business Development moderated the panel discussion on Green Ship design with Dr. Edmund Hughes Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and Peter Skovly Jensen Performance Governance Manager of Fleet Optimization at Maersk Line.