The coronavirus pandemic has shown that governments around the world can take decisive action when faced by a crisis. But many people are now asking if that same resolve can be harnessed in dealing with the climate change emergency. The pandemic triggered a short term reprieve in some respects, with improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions amongst the benefits seen, but as we edge our way into the new normal what does the pandemic mean for the longer term green shipping transition. With finances weakened by the pandemic is it reasonable to expect shipowners and port operators to shoulder the burden of decarbonisation alone or does it need collaboration amongst multiple stakeholders, including governments?
For its eleventh Webinar in the Covid-19: A Leadership Perspective series, which takes place on October 21st at 12:30 pm UAE time, The Maritime Standard is focussing on issues relating to green shipping and ports and how the industry can move towards a zero carbon future in the wake of the pandemic. A top quality panel with many decades of relevant experience in different sectors is being assembled to discuss this important issue and signpost future trends and strategies for making the green transition.
Confirmed panellists to date include senior representatives from top tanker operators, ports, and technology providers. Other participants are expected to include executives at leading shipowners and operators, charterers, investors and financiers, lawyers, logistics services and inland transportation providers.
Topics proposed for discussion include:
- What impact will the crisis have on progress towards a greener future for shipping?
- Will new green initiatives for ports and shipping be required post pandemic?
- The role of governments and regulatory bodies in ensuring the transition to a green shipping future does not slow down.
- Is LNG fuel conversion the optimum answer?
- Designing the green ships of the future.
- Automation and other new port technology
- Moving freight to short sea and rail networks
- Scrubbers and ballast water treatment – what does the future hold?
- Shipbuilding and repair – the need for tougher environmental controls
- Reforming terminal operations to meet the new normal
Confirmed speakers include:
- Ali Shehab, CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
- Capt. Mohamed Al Ali, Senior VP, Ship Management, ADNOC Logistics & Services
- Pawan Sahni, Business Development Director- ME & Africa, DNV GL – Maritime
- Hrishikesh Narasimhan, General Manager-Production & Refits, L&T Shipbuilding
- Romesh David, CEO, South Asia Gateway Terminals
- Mohamed Zaitoun, Founder & CEO, Zaitoun Green Shipping Company
Clive Woodbridge, TMS Editor, says, “This is a highly topical Webinar that addresses the long term sustainability of the maritime sector. If the pandemic undermines progress towards a greener future for shipping, then this has serious consequences for all of us. Making sure the momentum towards a greener future is maintained is vital and the panel we are assembling are well placed to offer their perspectives on the changes and actions required.”
The Webinar will start with brief introductions from Trevor Pereira, Managing Director of TMS, and TMS Editor, Clive Woodbridge, who will moderate the session. Each panellist will be invited in turn to give a short summary of their view of the current crisis and its impact. Clive will then ask a key question to each panellist based on their particular operation and experience.
After the panel session there will then be a short commercial break, after which there will be a Question Hour, for online attendees to raise their own questions which will be put to selected panelists. For more information on the webinar please visit: https://www.themaritimestandard.com/tms-webinar/