HELMEPA’s seminar “Keeping abreast of Requirements; Ensuring Effective Environmental Management” was held in Piraeus on 4th -5th November and was kindly hosted in the auditorium of Associate Corporate Member Neda Maritime Agency.
The seminar drew the participation of 33 individuals, comprising land-based staff and merchant marine officers from 13 HELMEPA member-companies, the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation and the Hellenic Coast Guard.
Invited by HELMEPA, LCDR Christopher Brunclik, Chief, Inspections Department, Coast Guard Activities Europe, presented on the major Environmental Regulations with which foreign-flagged vessels must comply when sailing in US waters.
Alternate Management Systems, the US Coast Guard’s ballast water management systems type-approval process, Vessel General Permit, as well as the requirements relevant to low sulphur fuels available on vessels entering the North American ECA, were among the key issues that dominated the discussions that ensued. Members of the audience benefited from clarifications on topics pertinent to the implementation of Regulations and the exchange of opinions and experiences.
Participants were also further updated on various developments across a series of topics presented by expert HELMEPA member-company speaker-representatives; in particular, Ms P Chrysanthi, QSE Manager & DPA–EMR at Andriaki Shipping, presented on the proper maintenance of the Oil Record Book, Mr S Petronios, Superintendent Trainer, Danaos Shipping, on the Handling of Dangerous Packaged Goods according to the IMDG Code, and Mr P Papastefanou, Supervisor of the Black Sea Countries, Bureau Veritas, on the requirements of MARPOL Annex VI and fuel quality. Finally, HELMEPA staff covered the requirements according to international regulations for the management of sewage, solid waste and ballast water.