Green Shipping

  • Date 15 Mar 2016
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Green Shipping

15 Mar 2016, 13:00 - 17:00

South Gallery, Room 5

*Copies of presentations available in the 'Documents' tab below*

Invasive species have been identified as one of the four greatest threats to the world’s oceans. Invasive alien species are now generally recognised as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity globally, they present serious economic, environmental and health impacts and, as a result, place major constraints on development. 

Ships often take up ballast water in ports and coastal regions, where the ecosystems have a rich diversity of life. These biologically diverse waters, and their underlying sediments, including many forms of viruses, bacteria, plankton, plants and animals, are sucked into vessels’ ballast tanks. Ballast water is then is released during various stages of the ship’s journey, including at sea, along coastlines, and in various ports. As a result, a diverse mix of organisms is transported and released around the world. Over 3,000 marine species travel around the world in ships' ballast water on a daily basis. Invasive species are carried across the seas not only inside ships but also attached to the outside. This is known as hull fouling, vessel fouling, or biofouling. Organisms like barnacles, mussels, sponges, algae and sea squirts attach themselves to the hulls of ships, or within protected nooks and crannies such as sea chests. These organisms then  "hitch a ride" from one port or bioregion to the next. 

This panel session will cover the two major vectors of invasive species into the marine environment: in ships ballast water or by hull fouling- with talks covering the science, technologies and legislation designed to minimize and prevent invasions and a discussion on how impending international legislation may present business opportunities for the science, engineering and technology sector. 

Chaired by Bev MacKenzie, Technical and Policy Director, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) & Richard Burt, Chairman, AMSI and Sales and Marketing Director, Chelsea Technologies Group


Ballast Water & Biofouling an Introduction

13:30-13:35 | Welcome and Opening Remarks, Richard Burt, Chairman, AMSI and Sales and Marketing Director, Chelsea Technologies Group

13:35-13:50 | Ballast Water Management from Regulation to Monitoring, Chris Mooij, Director and Head of the Modelling, GIS and Metocean (MGM) Team, Intertek

13:50-14:05 | Ballast Water Treatment Systems, Dr Stelios Kyriacou, Technical Director - Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä

14:05-14:20 | Universal Challenges in Ballast Water Management and Sensor Technology Developments, Stephanie Lavelle, Maritime Sales Manager, Chelsea Technologies

14:20-14:35 | Challenges in Combatting Biofouling, Tom Vance, Research and Development Manager, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Panel Discussion: Technology Applications & Business Opportunities within Green Shipping 

14:45-15:00 | Ramifications of Ballast Water Convention Ratification & Discussion Introduction, Bev MacKenzie, Technical and Policy Director, IMarEST

15:00-15:45 | Audience Q&A and Panel Discussion

This conference programme is CPD approved by IMarEST. Attendees are eligible for a CPD certificate, post event.

Presentations are subject to change


  • Bev MacKenzie


    Technical and Policy Director

    Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

    Dr Bev Mackenzie is the Technical and Policy Director at the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology with responsibility for...

  • Richard Burt


    Chairman; Sales & Marketing Director

    AMSI; Chelsea Technologies Group

    Richard Burt is the Sales and Marketing Director of Chelsea Technologies Group and Chairman of AMSI.  He graduated from Swansea University with a...

  • Stelios Kyriacou


    Technical Director - Ballast Water Management Systems


    Stelios Kyriacou is a senior technical manager with a 30 year career. Since 2009, he has led the Wärtsilä, formerly Hamworthy, activities on ballast...

  • Stephanie Lavelle


    Maritime Manager

    Chelsea Technologies

    Stephanie Lavelle joined Chelsea Technologies as Maritime Manager after 6 years as a marine biologist. Since graduating from the University of...

  • Chris Mooij


    Director and Head of the Modelling, GIS and Metocean (MGM) Team


    Chris Mooij is Director and Head of the Modelling, GIS and Metocean (MGM) Team at Intertek. He has more than 25 years’ marine solutions experience...

  • Tom Vance


    Research and Development Manager

    Plymouth Marine Laboratory

    Tom’s education in Plymouth and Newcastle in the UK focused his scientific career on marine fouling community ecology and biofouling prevention....


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