DNV GL held its annual Technical Committee Meeting at the Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, on 2nd October 2018, under the Chairmanship of Ali A. Shehab, deputy chief executive of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company. The popularity of the event has grown year on year, and this was the largest so far, with approximately 100 members of the region’s maritime community in attendance.
In his opening remarks, Ali Shehab highlighted the importance of the human element and safety at sea, reminding the audience of the catastrophic loss of 32 lives in the collision of the oil tanker, Sanchi, earlier this year. He went on to highlight the importance of only doing business with trusted partners, underlining the significance of fuel contamination cases, which have seriously jeopardised the businesses of many unsuspecting operators.
The meeting began with a presentation from Geir Dugstad, technical director of DNV GL, on the digitalisation of class and future maritime regulations. In his presentation, he shared prospects for future class development, such as machine learning and increasingly digitalised customer support. This was followed by a presentation on the Energy Efficiency Journey by Capt. Mohamed Al Ali, senior vice president of ADNOC Logistics. This depicted clearly the substantial strides made by the Abu Dhabi-based company in reducing its carbon dioxide emissions in recent years.
After this, Ince & Co gave an interesting presentation, delivered by Rania Tadros and Sheridan Steiger, providing the participants with an effective insight into legal perspectives, and the limits to liability, in cases of maritime accidents. Then VPS Fujairah delivered an engaging presentation on fuel management through Thomas Tampi, with a particular focus on quality and contamination. The presentation highlighted the challenges associated with an issue that hit the headlines earlier this year.
George Teriakidis of DNV GL gave a market update and outlook presentation, which was followed by DNV GL’s head of business development in the Middle East, Pawan Sahni, on Sulphur 2020. In this case special attention was paid to the scrubber option in ensuring compliance with the new regulations.