Ship Recycling Forum

Hong Kong / 5-6 March 2019

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Put your questions to a hand-picked panel of shipping’s most experienced and knowledgeable individuals, learn and challenge their business strategies and discover what makes them tick.  Among the speakers, you will hear from:

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Dimitri Ayvatoglu
Head, Business Development and External Affairs
LEYAL Ship Recycling Group Turkey
Mr. Ayvatoglu is a qualified mechanical engineer and has been leading the Business Development & External Affairs department of LEYAL since 2004, having overseen the recycling of more than 400 vessels, including projects with Oil Majors Chevron, Shell and Eni, European Governments such as the British Navy, the German Navy and the Spanish Navy, as well as most major shipping and offshore companies. During his tenure at LEYAL, he was the first to apply the Basel Convention for the export of a vessel from Europe for recycling and he has seen the company become the first Turkish ship recycling yard to be certified to the IMO Hong Kong Convention by Lloyds Register. More recently, the LEYAL Group facilities became the first non-European (and only Turkish) ship recycling yards to join the EU List of approved facilities under the new European Ship Recycling Regulation. Mr. Ayvatoglu has served as the ship recycling industrial advisor to the national delegation of Turkey to the IMO, participating in the drafting of the IMO Hong Kong Convention and the associated Guidelines between 2004 and 2012, as well as attending the Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the IMO Hong Kong Convention in Hong Kong in 2009.
John Kornerup Bang
Head of Sustainability Strategy
John Kornerup Bang is Head of Sustainability Strategy and shared value initiatives at Maersk and brings 20 years of experience working on sustainable globalization. Currently in Maersk, he drives the development of the overall direction and priorities on sustainability as well as work on solving larger systemic issues related to global logistics through combining commercial muscle with multi-stakeholder partnerships. Over the past three years John served as advisor from Maersk to Ban Ki Moon’s High Level Advisory Group on sustainable transportation including work on the links between the SDGs and transportation.
Simon Bennett
General Manager, Sustainable Development
The China Navigation Company
34 years ago, Simon Bennett joined Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) which provides marine support services to the global offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry. Following several voyages as Master, he came ashore in 1991, working as HSE and Country Manager in Brunei, HSE Manager with Swire Production Testers working with their rig-based Early Production Systems for Maersk in Qatar and Shell in Iran and Thailand, and Marketing Manager in Dubai, before he moved to his last but one job as General Director operating three of SPO’s new icebreaking Platform Supply Vessels in the Russian Far East. Since returning to the warmth of Singapore again eleven years ago, he now wears the hat of the GM for Sustainable Development for both SPO, and since late 2010 also for The China Navigation Company, the Swire group’s privately owned deep-sea container and bulk shipping company. Both SPO and CNCo have their Operational Headquarters in Singapore, and have responsibly recycled 12 ships in the past 5 years in China and India. Simon is on the Board of Trustees of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), for which The China Navigation Company was both the founder member in Asia, and a member of the founding steering group of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI).
Tom Peter Blankestijn
Managing Director
Tom Peter started his maritime career in 1984 for container operator Nedlloyd. He has held various positions since as project- and marketing manager North America services. After the merger of P&O with Nedlloyd he worked as trade manager North America services. He was appointed in a position as Maritime Policies and Regulatory Affairs globally for P&O Nedlloyd in 2000. He was one of the initiators of the ship recycling project in China, which he is responsible for since 2002. He actively participated in setting-up and improving the project and was directly involved in the discussion of the IMO convention. In 2011 he started Sea2Cradle, a consultancy company specifically serving the shipping industry on Ship Recycling according to the latest EU regulation and Hong Kong Convention.
Julian Bray
Julian Bray is Editor-in-Chief of TradeWinds, the shipping business news publisher which since its launch 25 years ago has become a reference point for decision makers in the industry. During a career in business journalism, he has won awards for both reporting and editing and built a track record of product innovation having lead numerous newspaper, magazine and website launches and relaunches. In addition to his specialist knowledge of maritime commerce, he has also been a Correspondent for the Reuters news agency, written for national newspapers and magazines, and made television and radio appearances. Away from the office, a love of the natural work often takes him to wild and mountainous regions to walk, cycle, climb and watch wildlife with family and friends. He also has a passionate interest in politics, culture and music.
Christopher Calvert
Programme Director Fleet Disposals, Headquarters Defence Logistics Command
New Zealand Defence Force
Chris Calvert (BE (Hons), MBA, RNZAF (Rtd)) is a 37 year veteran of the Defence and Commercial Industry. He is currently serving as Programme Director Fleet Disposals for the New Zealand Defence Force managing all capital asset retirements. A qualified aviation and design engineer, initially with combat jets, he has over the past 20 years been involved in commercial and tendering support. This has covered a wide range of fields including machine, aircraft hangar and ship specification and design, as well as contracting and disposal activity. He is a qualified demilitarisation and controlled technology expert for military systems. Chris only recently become involved in the Ship Recycling Industry driven by a requirement to recycle the ex-Royal New Zealand Navy Tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR responsibly. From knowing little about the industry in 2016 to achieving what is believed to be the first ship recycled fully under the Basel Convention (on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal) in 2018 has provided great personal satisfaction and a career highlight.
Alfonso Castillero
Chief Commercial Officer
Liberian Registry
Alfonso Castillero is the Chief Commercial Officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry. Mr. Castillero has more than 20 years of experience in the field of international maritime shipping regulation and operations with a deep technical expertise. He served onboard tankers and container vessels and worked for many years at the Panama Maritime Authority, rising through the various ranks to become the head of the Panama Registry. Following his time at sea, Mr. Castillero became the Lead Port State Inspector, Lead Casualty Investigator and Flag State Surveyor for the Panama Maritime Authority where his successes led to his appointment as the Deputy Director General of the Panama Registry. During his time as Deputy Director, he became heavily involved at the IMO attending key committees and subcommittees; 4 years later, he was promoted to the position of Director General of the Panama Registry, the highest ranked person of the largest flag. As the head of the largest ship registry in the world, Mr. Castillero introduced numerous changes such as the ratification of several IMO conventions and a change of vision with a new emphasis on security and safety, which led the Registry back to the Paris MoU’s white-list in only 2 years. Today, as the Chief Commercial Officer of the Liberian Registry, Mr. Castillero drives the development of the Registry’s new, strategic markets and strengthens Liberia’s global presence and reputation as the world’s most innovative and successful ship registry.
Henning Gramann
GSR Services
Henning holds a degree as Environmental Engineer (Diplomingenieur, Dipl.-Ing.) and is engaged in various fields of maritime environmental protection since the year 2000. He is an internationally recognized expert for all aspects of green ship recycling and has established GSR Services GmbH (Green Ship Recycling Services) for supporting all stakeholders for their cost effective preparation and fulfilment of Hong Kong Convention and EU-Regulation on Ship Recycling. He is also Chairman of IHMA and guest professor at the World Maritime University (WMU).
Ron Huang
Chairman, Ship Recycling Committee
Asian Shipowners' Association
Mr. Ron, T.Y. Huang, born in November 1959, graduated from National Taiwan Ocean University in 1982, majoring in naval architecture. After graduation from university, Mr. Ron, T.Y. Huang joined Evergreen Group. He took years in shipbuilding industry, from ship designer, shipbuilding supervisor, to become the leader of shipbuilding department, Evergreen Marine Corporation in 2012. Mr. Ron, T.Y. Huang now serves as Executive Vice President of EMC(Taiwan) and in charge of following departments: Shipbuilding Dep., Marine Tech Dep., Maintenance Dep., Supply Dep., and Seafarer Dep.
Mohammed Zahirul Islam
Managing Director
PHP Shipbreaking & Recycling
Mohammed Zahirul Islam joined his family business in July 2004 after completing his studies from Australia. As Managing Director of PHP ship breaking and recycling ind ltd, he is responsible for the day to day operations of the recycling facility which employs 300 workers and staff. He took the bold decision to invest heavily to upgrade the facility and it became the first recycling facility in Bangladesh to achieve statement of compliance under Hong Kong Convention.
Chintan Kalthia
R.L.Kalthia Ship Breaking
Chintan Kalthia is constantly integrating more sustainable ways of working. Spanning 20 years of work experience in ship recycling, the sustainability journey has been marked by an ever-evolving set of challenges and opportunities. As he continues to raise the bar on his approach, R.L.Kalthia Ship Breaking Private Limited sees new opportunities with the strategy to create value that reduces impact on the environment, health and safety is delivering measurable results, in recent years his facility has also been the recycling facility of choice for number major Ship owners for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of their fleets ensuring safe and environmentally sound recycling of obsolete seagoing vessels assisting in emphasizing "green" CSR credentials. Chintan Kalthia has created a work place that protects worker health and safety with due respect for the environment, and promote an atmosphere to grow employee learning and opportunity in a way that is fulfilling, recognized and fairly rewarded.
Nitin Kanakiya
Honorary Secretary
Nitin Kanakiya has a Diploma in Automobile Engineering (1981). He started his career with Re-rolling Mill. He has been involved in the Ship Recycling Industry since 1984. He has acted as Office Bearer in SRIA and Rolling Mills Association for many years. He mainly deals in subjects of Customs and Central Excise for the Ship Recycling and Re-rolling Mill Industry, over and above Safety, Environment and Taxes. He is Member of the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for both, Customs and Central Excise, in Bhavnagar Commissionorate. He has been Joint Secretary (2003-04, 2012-13) and Secretary (2013-15 & now 2017-2019) of the Ship Recycling Industries Association (India). He represents Ship recycling Industry at International Forums.
Asif Khan
Secretary General
Pakistan Ship Breakers' Association
Rakesh (Billu) Khetan
WIRANA Shipping Corporation
Peter Koller
European Commission
Dr Martin Kröger
Managing Director
VDR - German Shipowners' Association
Since 2012 Martin Kroeger is Managing Director of the German Shipowners’ Association - VDR and a specialist in international shipping policy and related government affairs management. He has worked in the international maritime community for over a decade and serves as a leading industry representative to many international and intergovernmental organizations. Dr. Kröger also holds the position of Managing Director of the German Shipping Foundation, a facility founded to co-sponsor training and education of seafarers in Germany. He is delegated member to several European and international maritime related advisory committees and expert groups. As alternate member of the Board of Directors of the European Community Shipowners Association - ECSA in Brussels and acting Chairman of the ECSA Safety and Environmental Committee, he actively engages in EU policy making for the maritime sector. He is legal advisor and acting consultant to a number of international and intergovernmental organisations in the field of maritime and security policy.
Nicolay Kuhnle
Director, Transportation & Logistics
Nicolay Kuhnle is currently the Director of Global Transportation & Logistics APAC with focus on shipping and LNG. He has worked for ABN AMRO Bank for 4.5 years with majority of his time spent in Oslo but also worked in Amsterdam and presently one year in Singapore. His previous experience was with ship brokering and chartering operations. He holds a MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from Cass Business School.
Wilfried Lemmens
Managing Director
Belgian Shipowners Association
Wilfried Lemmens is the Managing Director at Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association who represent, worldwide and in all aspect, the members of the association since 2015. From 2009 to 2015, Wilfried is the Chief Operating Officer at SEA-Tankers which as part of the SEA-Invest group, SEA-Tankers provides maritime transport for petroleum products. SEA-Tankers is a merger of 2 French ship owning companies and has a turnover of 150 mio euro. Before which, he is the Chief Executive Officer at Belgian Pilotage which provides pilotage and related services for the Belgian ports. Per year more than 100 000 sea going ships are piloted in this area. The pilotage has 500 employees and a turnover of 75 mio euro.
Darren Lepper
Clarksons Platou
Darren had initially joined Clarksons in 1983 and began his shipping life within the Sale and Purchase department assisting the broking desks before establishing himself as a broker in the recycling market. He left the company for 9 years working with another London broking house before returning to Clarkson over five years ago where he has continued to conclude a large volume of tonnage. Having worked in the recycling industry for over 30 years, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the recycling sector and has built strong relationships and friendships with those people who are active in this industry on a daily basis and helped to provide assistance to many clients interested in selling their units for ‘Green’ recycling.
Gaurav Mehta
Best Oasis/Priya Blue
Mr. Gaurav Sanjay Mehta is a commerce graduate and joined his father's business in 2010. An energetic, ambitious person who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that he undertakes, or situation that he is presented with. He manages the cash buying business (Purchase and Sale of Ships for Recycling) for Best Oasis Ltd. Under his leadership, Best Oasis Ltd has successfully purchased and sold 150+ vessels including FPSO's, Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Container Ships, Reefers, fish Factory, Specialized vessels etc for recycling.
Nikos Mikelis
Dr. Nikos Mikelis graduated in naval architecture from the University of Newcastle and obtained Master’s and Doctorate degrees from London University. He has worked in ship classification; for a shipping company; and for the International Maritime Organization from where he recently retired. He currently works under the banner Mikelis Consulting, U.K. and is a non-executive director of GMS Inc, U.A.E. He has written around 50 learned papers and numerous articles in the maritime press. He is a freeman of the City of London.
Takeshi Naruse
Ship Recycling Lead Specialist
Takeshi Naruse began his career at Japan’s National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) in 1995, and began specialized research on ship recycling in at the request of the Japanese Government in 2001. Since 2002, he has served as member of Japanese delegation to the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), and he directly took part in the drafting of the “Guideline for the development of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials” among other activities. In 2011, he joined ClassNK where he has become the Society’s Lead Specialist on ship recycling. As a core member of NK’s Ship Recycling Team, he has been playing main role for the certification of ship recycling facility in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention, and is actively working with stakeholders throughout the industry to develop new green ship recycling related services.
Haresh Parmar
Shiv Ship Breaking Company
Reuben Segal
Chief Operating Officer
Aqualis Offshore
Reuben Segal is the COO and Founder of Aqualis Offshore and has been in the oil and gas industry for the past 20 years having undertaken demo inspections for the past 15 years and completed over 200 inspections successfully over this period. Mr Segal has also carried out all demo surveys for every semi-subs and jackups which have been beached in the Indian Sub-continent to date. His background is a Naval Architect with Masters Degree from Newcastle University in UK.
Knut Ola Skotvedt
Senior Vice President, Large Corporates, Ocean Industries
Knut Ola Skotvedt is the Senior Vice President in Ocean Industries Division of DNB Bank, with special responsibility for market research as well as sustainability issues in our industries. He joined DNB Bank since late 80’s in various capacities and in various sectors within the maritime space, including shipping, offshore, ports and logistics, and in various locations including Oslo, Athens and Singapore. He graduated from Norwegian School of Management, specializing in International Business and also Political Science studies at University of Oslo.
Andrew Stephens
Executive Director
Sustainable Shipping Initiative
Andrew has a truly international background in the maritime industry, working for leading maritime service providers, in the position of Chief Operating Officer, such as Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Wallem Group, in a career which has seen him working in the UK, UAE, USA, Norway and Hong Kong. He was responsible for leading and managing business transformation, continuous improvement, integration and change management programmes, drive strategic planning and implementation consequently delivering on improved customer satisfaction, business performance and efficiency. After a successful period in both international groups he joined The Sustainable Shipping Initiative in August 2018, where he is responsible for leadership of the Secretariat.
Keiji Tomoda
Chairman, Ship Recycling Committee
Japan Shipowners' Association
Keiji Tomoda started his shipping carrier with "K" Line in 1982, mainly involved with container/car carrier business sectors, setting up "K" Line-owned agencies in UK while stationed in London 6.5 years and Vietnam as well as arranging investmentin container terminals and handling alliance issues. Became General Manager of Global Operation Center for "K" Line’s container fleet and equipment in "K" line (Singapore) while in UK. In 2010 career was extended to cooperate in Planning and Maritime Industry Affairs at "K" Line's Tokyo Head Office. Having dual responsibilities as a member of Japan Shipowners' Association (JSA) since 2010, am now in charge as Chairman of Ship Recycling Committee of JSA. Have worked past 7 years with Ship Recycling issues at JSA and also Asian Shipowners' Association with periodical visits to various Ship Recycling yards, Yard Operators and concerned government parties in China, India, etc. Concurrently also hold title of Associate Director of "K" Line.
Marc van de Poel
Managing Director
Van de Poel | M.A.R.C.
Marc van de Poel is CEO of Van de Poel holding BV, which operates a number of certified consultancies focused on sustainable demolition and recycling. Marc graduated as a Naval Engineer and started of his career as a Officer for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. He founded his first consulting agency for asbestos, Adviesbureau van de Poel BV, in 2000. Since its foundation in 2000, this agency is officially recognized by the NL government and certified as approved supplier for IHMs by Lloyds Register. In 2009 he founded, van de poel | m.a.r.c (Marine Asbestos & Recycling Consultants), this agency is especially focused on the marine industry and a global supplier of Inventories of Hazardous Materials for existing ships. Van de poel | m.a.r.c is a founding member of the International HazMat Association (IHMA).
Capt Prashant Widge
Head, Responsible Ship Recycling
20 years ago, Prashant stepped onboard a merchant vessel and went on to be one of the youngest officers to take command of a gas tanker. He then stepped ashore with Maersk, where he was tasked with handling emergencies at sea and providing seamless expert guidance to the Ship Master’s by integrating safety of life, security and environmental considerations into decision-making. Over the past three years, Prashant has served as the Head of Responsible Ship Recycling with an objective to leverage and create more responsible recycling options globally and engage in the development of sustainable ship recycling on the long term in Alang, India. He is responsible to select, engage, lead and upgrade the facilities, broader Alang area and key account manage a multitude of stakeholders. He holds a Degree in Nautical Sciences from one of India’s most prestigious universities, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, is a certified accident investigator, an IRCA certified lead auditor and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (The Blue MBA) from over a century old and world-renowned Copenhagen Business School.