ClassNK and Seatrade gathers shipping community in Singapore for Green Technologies Seminar

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Leading classification society ClassNK together with Seatrade, the global publisher and event organiser, co-hosted the second Green Technologies Seminar for 136 senior executives in Singapore last week. The event took place at the InterContinental Hotel yesterday where the local shipping community gathered to listen in on the latest green technology developments and best practices. ClassNK has invested more than $ 60 million in its Joint R&D for Industry program for maritime research since 2009, and the society plays a key role in the MPA’s Green Initiative. ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda is a member of the 16-strong Advisory Panel of the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) which oversees a number of projects in Singapore. The SMI has pledged to invest up to 100 million Singapore dollars over a five-year period to reduce the environmental impact of shipping and related activities and to promote clean and environmentally-friendly shipping in the Republic, a powerful indication of its commitment towards green initiatives. The presentations were wide ranging, covering topics including environmental initiatives in Singapore, ClassNK’s substantial commitment to joint industry R&D projects, fuel saving technology for marine diesel engines, use of Cloud computing technology for machinery maintenance and air lubrication technology amongst other green initiatives. APL Vice President Technical Services & Ship Management Shaj Thayil spoke on energy-saving opportunities in ship design and operations. “Now the shipping industry and we at APL have over the past couple of years focused on the environment profile, protecting the oceans, conserving energy and minimising risks. By 2015, we aim to produce only 130 grams of carbon dioxide for every TEU of cargo transported per nautical mile,” Shaj Thayil said.