Ship Recycling Forum

London / 3-4 March 2020

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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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Sanjiv Agarwal
JRD Industries
Sanjiv heads a group primarily active in the Ship Recycling Industry, both as Ship Recyclers and Cash Buyers. A strong believer in the inherent ecological advantages of recycling in India, Sanjiv is also operating a modern ship recycling yard at the family-owned JRD Industries which demonstrates the high HSE standards of all the good yards in the region. His team's efforts were rewarded by the Royal New Zealand Navy when they entrusted the recycling of their vessel HMNZS Endeavour to JRD. The project was completed to the Navy's complete satisfaction and JRD is proud to have earned their appreciation in the form of a formal citation from them. The yard is certified by Class NK as HKC and EU SRR compliant and is continually working towards delivering a world-class ship recycling service for ship-owners requiring such services.
Mohammad Zulfikar Ali
Joint District and Sessions Judge
Government of Bangladesh
Mohammad Zulfikar Ali is a Joint District and Sessions Judge, Government of Bangladesh. His role is to adjudicate civil and criminal matters. He graduated in Master of Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of New South Wales Law School, Sydney in 2013. Mr Ali’s Master’s thesis examined the Effectiveness of International and Domestic laws in Protecting Workers Occupational Health and Safety Rights in the Shipbreaking Industry of Bangladesh and the role of Bangladesh Supreme Court. Following the research work, he started studying PhD-in Law at Curtin Law School, Curtin University, Perth, WA from 2018. PhD research is on Regulating Human and Environmental Rights Abuse within the Shipbreaking Industry of South Asia. His PhD thesis is to stimulate the debate on the role of shipowners and other associated private parties in response to regular violation of human rights in the shipbreaking yards of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Mr Ali has published papers on Gross Violation of Human Rights by Multinational Corporations: Role of Soft Laws and National Laws in Ensuring Human Rights Obligations of the Multinational Companies; Abuse of Child Labour in Shipbreaking Industries of Bangladesh: International Laws and National Legal Response; Effectiveness of the Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Along with this research work, he currently works as an Academic staff (on casual basis) at Curtin Law School.
A.K.M. Shamsul Areefin
Additional Secretary
Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh
Mr. A K M Shamsul Areefin is a career Civil Servant of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, who started his professional journey with this most prestigious organization in 1989. As the Additional Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, he has been serving as the Chief of Ship Recycling Wing of the Ministry of Industries since December 2017. Moreover, as additional charge he has been given the responsibility to hold the office of Director General of Bangladesh Ship Recycling Board, which is expected to be fully functioning soon. Mr. Areefin obtained his Honours and Masters Degree in English Literature from Dhaka University, and Masters in Islamic Studies from People’s University, Bangladesh. In his long career with Bangladesh Civil Service he served in different capacities in the field administration as Assistant Commissioner, Revenue Deputy Collector, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (Chief Executive of a Sub-district), and Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) etc. In addition, he held important posts in the central administration/ ministries that include Senior Assistant Secretary in Ministry of Industries; Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Land; Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industries. He also worked as the Private Secretary to the Honorable Industry Minister for about five years. Presently, he is working on the formation of Bangladesh Ship Recycling Board, revision of Bangladesh Ship Breaking & Ship Recycling Rules and other various aspects of the ship recycling industry. He has endured various professional trainings in home and aboard. Furthermore, he has participated a good number of conference, seminar, workshop and meetings on various subjects such as public policy, development administration, rural development and SDGs.
Dimitri Ayvatoglu
Head, Business Development and External Affairs
LEYAL Ship Recycling Group
Mr. Ayvatoglu is leading the Special Projects department of the LEYAL Ship Recycling Group since 2004. He has also served as the ship recycling industrial advisor to the national delegation of Turkey to the IMO during the development of the Hong Kong Convention. Mr. Ayvatoglu has coordinated and supervised over 400 ship recycling trades, having concluded the highest profile ship recycling projects in Turkey, including clients such as Oil Majors, European Navies and the largest and most reputable shipping companies. In his capacity as an official advisor, Mr. Ayvatoglu has contributed to the drafting of the Hong Kong Convention and has attended numerous regional and international workshops in Europe and the Far East under the auspices of the IMO and the United Nations Environment Program. Furthermore, he has participated at the Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the IMO Hong Kong Convention on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships in 2009.
John Kornerup Bang
Chief Advisor, Climate Change
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.
Jeanett Bergan
Head of Responsible Investments
KLP Kapitalforvaltning AS
Jeanett Bergan is head for responsible investments in KLP. She has more than 20 years of experience working with corporate social responsibility, sustainability and investments. KLP is Norway’s largest pension fund managing the pension for the local government and state health enterprises. For a number of years, she has helped KLP develop its work as one of the leaders in responsible investment practices on a Norwegian and international scale. KLP has approximately 80 billion USD in assets under management and are invested in more than 7000 companies in 50 countries. Previous employers include KPMG, PwC and Storebrand. Jeanett holds an Executive Master of Management from BI – Norwegian School of Management.
Rakesh Bhargava
Sea Sentinels
Rakesh Bhargava was formerly General Manager with Wilhelmsen Ship Management where he headed, initiated and operationalized the IHM, Green Recycling and Lay-Up services, having spent over 30 years with the company. He now heads his own start-up “Sea Sentinels” which offers similar services apart from venturing into offering smart solutions to companies looking to ease operational burdens on ship and shore staff. A specialist in traditional end-to-end management of ships, a leading authority on the inventorying of hazardous materials, an expert on safe, innovative and environmentally correct recycling of ships, Rakesh was also a pioneer in the conceptualization and implementation of both hot and cold lay-up of ships in safe and secure places. Rakesh has a proven understanding of shipping having served his stint at sea as Chief Engineer, prior stepping ashore. He holds a Graduate Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a certificate in General Management for Shipping, Certificate of Competency as Chief Engineer and several other professional qualifications.
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.
Roger Charles
Executive Director: Environmental and Social Risk Management - Sustainable Finance
Standard Chartered Bank
Roger Charles is an Executive Director in the Sustainable Finance team at Standard Chartered in Singapore. In his role, he leads in delivering technical environmental and social expertise to business transactions and client advisory globally, ensuring project financing adheres to international standards on sustainability and best practice. He has in-depth expertise in several sectors including energy, shipping and ship recycling, manufacturing, and agribusiness including forestry and palm oil; With over 15 years’ experience in various roles within the oil and gas industry, his areas of expertise include technical environmental and safety engineering, impact assessment, and corporate sustainability strategy, implementation and assurance.
Samuel Chin
Editor, Scrap & Steel Markets
S&P Platts
Samuel is currently an editor in the East Asia ferrous scrap and TSI met coal team at S&P Global Platts, having come from a career background in shipping and physical trading. Samuel assisted in managing the Service Planning team at China Shipping Container Line’s SEA feeder arm, covering roles that spanned across business and strategy planning, biz development, marketing, and procurement. Samuel was subsequently in the metals market as a regional ferrous scrap trader prior to joining Platts.
Narinder Dheir
NKD Maritime
Narinder Dheir worked in the corporate banking sector in the City of London from 1981 to 1991 and has been involved in the ship recycling industry since 1992. Originally as one of the founder partners in Electra Maritime and since 2003 as CEO of NKD Maritime Ltd. He is involved in overseeing the Group’s financial and S&P operations and has been extensively involved in the development of green facilities in Alang India with his partners at Shree Ram Group.
Matt Duke
Group CEO
Grieg Star
Matt has been working within technology for over 20 years and has worked in the shipping industry for the last 16, first leading global digital and IT organisations within Odfjell, and later he built the commercial maritime digital platform team at Kongsberg Digital. He came to Grieg Star in 2018, bringing his passion for change leadership and innovation both as a shipping professional and as a technology supplier. Matt took over leadership of Grieg Star Group as CEO in July 2019. Matt is board member of Grieg Logistics, and also a board member and investor in technology startup, ScanReach technologies, a Maritime IoT startup based in Bergen,
Sigurd Enge
Manager, Shipping & Arctic Issues
Bellona Foundation
Sigurd Enge has a maritime background as a navigator and captain in the fishing fleet of the Barents sea and Svalbard. He joined the Bellona Foundation in 1988 and has worked with all types of maritime issues like aquaculture, shipping, petroleum and marine pollution. Today he is in charge of Bellona’s work with the shipping industry and environmental challenges in the Arctic. He is working with business partners, politicians and science network on innovative use of technology for future solutions for a green shipping industry. LNG projects, hybrid & electric propulsion, maritime safety, oil spill response and shipbreaking is headline for the projects he is involved in. With more than 25 years of experience, he is one of Bellona’s most experienced spokespersons.
Henning Gramann
Managing Director
GSR Services
Henning is an internationally well recognized expert for green ship recycling and has established Green Ship Recycling Services (GSR Services) for supporting all stakeholders for their cost effective preparation for and fulfilment of Hong Kong Convention. He´s active in ship recycling since more than 10 years and has gained detailed insight into all related aspects. His services cover the whole range of HKC and EU-SRR, from suppliers and manufacturers via shipyards, shipowners to ship recyclers, other IHM Experts, classification societies and administrations. His current activities are mainly focusing on IHM services and improving ship recycling facilities under HKC aspects and related technologies.
Wolfram Guntermann
Director Environmental Management
Hapag-Lloyd AG
Captain Wolfram Guntermann graduated with his Masters Licence at the Marine Polytechnic Elfleth/Germany in combination with a scholarship at the Plymouth Polytechnic of Marine Science. He also received his Engineers Licence at the Hamburg Polytechnic in order to serve as Ship Operation Officer holding a dual licence. After having set his feet for the first time on deck a vessel in 1979 he went through the ranks receiving his first command as Master in 1996. He also took various assignments ashore as Trio Tonnage Center London and Director Marine Operations in the Hapag-Lloyd America Office in Piscataway/New Jersey for almost nine years. Upon repatriation to the Hamburg based Headquarters he worked as Director Projects ( Passenger Vessel MV Europa 2 ). With the current function as Director Environmental Management a lot of challenging opportunities are emerging in light of new environmental legislation and initiatives.
Mukesh Gupta
Hon. Jt. Secretary
Ship Recycling Industries Association, India
Mukesh Gupta is a second generation person in ship recycling industry and has been at the helm of UB Aggarwal Group’s ( various outfits within and outside India, making it one of the successful diverse business house of the state. He has been committed to Environment friendly and Safe ship recycling with being one of the few first yards to implement ISO standards at Alang Ship Breaking Yard. UBAG has recycled almost a Million tonnes of ship recycling tonnage as well another 2 Million tonnes into downstream recycling of steel into Semis / Products. He has been instrumental in implementing new facilities at Green Ship Recycling facility which is certified by Bureau Veritas for ISO standards and Rina for Hong Kong Convention, EU Compliance and are in process to be certified by Class NK very soon.
Md Abdul Halim
Secretary, Ministry of Industries
Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Mr. Md. Abdul Halim is a highly experienced senior Civil Servant to the Government of Bangladesh who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse groups of professionals and general mass to achieve desired success of the organizations. He has more than 32 years track records of proficiency in public administration, human resource and financial management. He possesses proven ability to public policy formulation, implementation, organizational modelling, innovation and improving culture in the public sector. He has in depth knowledge in strengthening local government establishments specially Upazila Parishad (sub-district), Municipality and Union Parishad. Moreover, he has gained long experience and reputation in managing educational institutions, improving quality of education, arrest untimely dropouts, and conducting fair public examinations. He has been engaged in assisting government for introducing Annual Performance Agreement, Citizen’s Charter in the public sector of Bangladesh. In addition, has led Governance Innovation Unit for an innovation to address child marriage problem in Bangladesh and set strategies for implementing this innovation nationwide. He presented research papers and moderated many international seminars on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related topics. Mr. A. Halim did his MBA and MCom in Management from University of Dhaka.
Petter Heier
Grieg Green
Petter Heier is a marine engineer/ naval architect and helds a MBA from ESCP (Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris). He has extensive experience within the maritime industry as a former superintendant (Grieg Star) and ship repair manager (Dubai Drydocks). Petter founded Grieg Green in 2009 as a result of his master thesis and is now the CEO of the company. Grieg Green is a global company within environmental ship and offshore recycling. Grieg Green has grown organically over the last 10 years and have now more than 40 employees and a wide scoop of services. The company has recycled more than one hundred ships and offshore units following the highest standards and according to applicable regulations.
Gudrun Janssens
Head of Environmental & Technical Affairs
Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association
Gudrun Janssens studied Chemistry with a specialization in environmental sciences in Ghent, Belgium. In 2000 she started working at the Public Waste Agency of Flanders. During that time, she also successfully completed post-graduate studies at the Maritime Institute of the University of Ghent. As senior policy advisor and being a Member of the Belgian delegation to the IMO, she outlined the Belgian policy on ships' waste management, waste shipments and ship recycling for over 15 years. Two years ago, she joined the European Community of Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) as their Director Environment and Maritime Safety. At ECSA she was responsible for the follow-up of all environmental and climate related shipping files, on the European and International level. Only recently Gudrun took up her current position as Head of Environmental and Technical Affairs at the Royal Belgian Shipowners Association in Antwerp. She represents and ensures the interest of the Belgian Shipowners for all environmental files, the main ones being climate change and the reduction of air emissions from shipping, the quality of bunker fuels and its supply chain, the provision of adequate port reception facilities for ship generated waste and the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.
Ingvild Jenssen
Founder & Director
NGO Shipbreaking Platform
Ingvild Jenssen is Director at the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of environmental, human rights and labour rights non-governmental organisations working for safe and clean ship recycling. She has since 2005 been the Platform’s spokeperson and represented the coaltion in negotiations and advocacy work at the United Nations and European level. Ingvild has also contributed to several publications on the shipbreaking issue and visited the shipbreaking yards in India, Bangladesh, Turkey and Belgium. She holds a MSc in Political Science from the University of Oslo. Prior to joining the Platform, Ingvild was part of ARENA, a leading research program on European policies, where she contributed to the CIDEL project on the issue of minority rights and held courses in political theory for graduate students.
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
Managing Partner
Triveni Ship Breakers LLP
Mr Kanakiya worked as a Partner in Rolling Mills from 1983 and Ship Recycling from 1985. He served SRIA as Joint Secretary for 12 years and Hon. Secretary for 4 years. Main Subjects of dealing: Customs, Excise, GST, Safety, Environment and Health with other Factory and Labour Laws, Litigations and Representation at all National and International Forums.
Peter Koller
DG Environment
European Commission
Mr Peter Koller is a policy officer in the European Commission, in charge of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. He has been working in Directorate-General Environment of the European Commission since 2007.
Dimitrios Koukas
Chairman & CEO
Optima Shipping
Dimitrios Koukas, Chairman & CEO of Optima Shipping Services LTD with offices in Athens / Shanghai / Dubai / Istanbul. He is married and a father of 3 children. He has 30 years experience in the industry, global awareness and a strong track record in New Buildings, Second hand sales and Demolition, whereby he managed to sell well over 1500 Vessels so far in his Career as a broker. Mr. Koukas studied in the United Kingdom, Marine Engineering and Naval architecture and continued with Post Graduate studies in International Shipping. During his career he also studied in parallel and he strengthened his knowledge with Executive Education Studies in Harvard Business School. He is also co founder and elected as Vice President in the Greek Shipping-Shipbroking Companies Association and has been invited and acting as Panelist Broker for the Baltic Exchange for more than 15 years. Also he has been leading various Shipping Related Companies and acted as coordinator in a number of Shipping Projects whereby he provided Turn Key Solutions to Investors who wanted to Explore Shipping Opportunities.
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.
Muhammad Ikhlaf Memon
Former Chairman
Dr Nikos Mikelis
Mikelis Consulting
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. He has written around 50 learned papers and numerous articles in the maritime press. He is a freeman of the City of London.
Kazuya Nakao
First Secretary
Embassy of Japan, UK
Kazuya Nakao is Alternate Permanent Representative of Japan to the IMO and First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the UK. Currently, he joins a lot of IMO meetings as a representative of the Japanese Government. After joining the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in 2007, he has taken part in policy-makings and led a lot of projects in the field of transportation policy. He had worked for International Negotiations Office, Ocean Development and Environment Policy Division. He was responsible for marine environmental policies discussed at the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of IMO and UNFCCC.
Sveinung Oftedal
Specialist Director
Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
Specialist Director in the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment with focus on international negotiations on environmental requirements for the maritime sector. He has also been working with these issues in the Norwegian Maritime Directorate and for several years been acting as Norwegian Head of Delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the Marine Environment Protection Committee and several IMO Diplomatic Conferences. He has been heavily involved in negotiations on the hot topics at the IMO such as Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Air Pollution and other issues addressed in MARPOL, Ship Recycling, Ballast Water Management, Antifouling Systems and other environmental issues for over two decades. Chairman of the BLG and PPR Sub-Committee (2010 – 2019) and is currently Chairman of the Working Group on Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Haresh Parmar
Hon. Secretary
Ship Recycling Industries Association, India
Haresh Parmar is involved in activity of Ship Recycling from 1995 at alang and handled more than 100 ships. Participated in association activity as Exe.Committee Member and now serving as Hon. Joint Secretary from 2008-09 till date. Specially dealing with subject of IMO, IMC and Ship Recycling Code. He has also completed the training program for Instructors at Environmentally Friendly Ship Recycling Yard in India (ENSR) by The Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS), Yokohama, Japan. He is an Executive Member in Federation of Ship Recyclers Association (FSRA). Member of Committee working for IMO and Inter-Ministerial Committee from last 5 yrs. Mr. Parmar has participated in the Regional Workshop on The Early Implementation of the Technical Standard of The Hong Kong Convention held in Pattaya, Thailand & Mumbai, India, representing S.R.I.A (India). A project of Labour Housing Colony at alang form last 7 yrs is successfully in progress under the leadership of Mr. Parmar. He has led many event/programs for labour welfare activities at Alang. Recently, a Medical Health check-up Camp at Alang by ESIC and another ‘Mega Health Check Up Camp” by Redcross, Alang was organized under his leadership.
Md. Mizanur Rahman
National Project Manager (Deputy Secretary)
Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh
Mr. Md. Mizanur Rahman is a career Civil Servant of the Government of Bangladesh in the rank of Deputy Secretary. Since 2015, he has been working (on-deputation) in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the National Project Manager for the project titled ‘Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC Project –Bangladesh)’. Before his current position he worked in the Ministry of Industries as Deputy Secretary for the period of 2013 to 2014, and had been involved with the development of country's ship recycling industry. He contributed to the development of Bangladesh Ship Recycling Act 2018 which came into effect from 12 February 2018. He heads the IMO Project Management Office in Dhaka with the responsibility to implement the activities of SENSREC Project–Bangladesh at local level, to extend support to the Ministry of Industries with regard to improving the environmental and occupational health & safety standards in the country’s ship recycling yards. Moreover, he has been involved with the execution processes of many initiatives of the Government of Bangladesh, those include implementation of Ship Recycling Facility Plan (SRFP), revision of Bangladesh Ship Breaking and Recycling Rules 2011, developing a project for the establishment of a Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) for managing ship recycling wastes, etc. He completed Bachelor degree and Masters in Agricultural Science from Bangladesh Agricultural University. Later he got MBA from University of West London, UK.
Vidyadhar Vasudeo Rane
Vice Chairman
IndustriAll Global Union
Trade Union Leader and believer of free, independent and democratic Trade Union Movement. He is working in Trade Union Movement since 1989 in organized as well as unorganized sector. Represented his union in various seminars, conferences & meetings at National and International level. One of the expert nominated by the workers group of Governing Body of International Labour Organisation (ILO) while drafting the guidelines on “Safety and health in Shipbreaking” for Asian Countries and Turkey- Bangkok, Thailand (2003. Demonstrated in front of British Parliament and on shore of River Thames- London for the rights of shipbreaking workers (2006). International speaker during GMB Congress 2007, London.
Dr Anil Sharma
Founder, President & CEO
Dr. Anil Sharma is the Founder, President and CEO of GMS, the world’s largest Buyer of ships for recycling. Originally from India, Dr. Sharma moved to USA where he earned his Master’s (MBA) and Doctorate (DBA) degrees in Business Administration. Prior to establishing GMS, Dr. Anil Sharma was a Professor and Chairman in the Business Administration Department at a University in USA for 10 years. GMS is the first Cash Buyer who supported the implementation of the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) for Safe & Responsible Recycling of ships. In fact, the company was the first Cash Buyer to develop a Responsible Ship Recycling Program (RSRP) together with a leading IACS Classification Society. GMS is also the first and only cash buyer that has created a "Green Team" of some of the most qualified individuals in the world that work closely with ship owners and ship recycling yards to ensure safe and responsible recycling of ships in pre-qualified yards around the world. This team provides assistance from the development of the Inventory of Hazmat Materials (IHM), Regulatory guidelines, Ship Recycling Plans (SRPs), Facilities Management Plan, Certificates of compliance and other essential elements of Responsible Ship recycling. Today, more than 50% of the ships sold for "green" ship recycling in the Indian subcontinent are concluded by GMS.
John Stawpert
Manager (Trade & Environment)
International Chamber of Shipping
John joined ICS in September 2002 and covers the issues of Maritime Security and Piracy, Containers, Dangerous Goods and MAPOL Annex V. He is secretary to the ICS Environment Sub-Committee and ICS lead on Ship Recycling. John is a key industry player in the international effort on Ship Recycling. He participated in the development of the IMO Guidelines and worked on the Hong Kong Convention from its beginning. John has headed the ILO Employers delegation at the IMO/ILO/ Basel Convention Joint Working Groups and has represented the industry at a number of hearings on the European Regulation. John has also served on IMO Ship Recycling Seminars in Turkey, China and Thailand and is leading work on the revision of the Transitional Measures for Shipowners Selling a ship for Recycling.
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.
Murali Subramanian
Murali Subramanian was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the FIMBank Group on the 6th August 2015. He is a results-oriented senior banker with a proven track record in developing and executing growth strategies on a global basis. Prior to joining FIMBank, Mr Subramanian was Executive Vice President at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank for 6 years, where he held the position of Head of Transaction Banking of the Group. His key responsibilities at this financial institution included the management of trade and supply chain growth business where he oversaw the growth and return to profitability of this USD 250 million revenue business. This followed a 21-year career at Citibank and earlier ABN Amro, where he occupied various posts in several geographies, ending his career at Citi as Managing Director, Global Head of Domestic Payables. At Citibank, Murali built the Trade, Supply Chain and Cash Management businesses in MENA, West Africa, Russia and the CIS, extending the company’s domestic payables capabilities in over 100 countries.
Michael Suhr
Regional Director North Europe
Korean Register of Shipping
Michael Suhr is the Regional Director at Korean Register of Shipping for North Europe based in Hamburg, Germany. As a child he wanted to become a Captain. He graduated as a shipbuilding and ocean engineer and worked many years in the Classification and Offshore Sectors amongst others as Task Force Surveyor, Head of Newbuilding Projects and Certification, Head of Dockyard Management and as Director Erection & Commissioning. Michael has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the maritime world with always a foot of water under the keel and genuine passion for developments and improvements. His motto is “calm is the source of strength”.
John Thorogood
Senior Data Transformation Analyst
IHS Markit
John Thorogood has been involved in Maritime Data research and analysis for some 15 years with IHS Markit’s (previously known as Lloyd’s Register-Fairplay) Maritime & Trade division. This followed on from a career in the aviation industry. John currently holds a senior position in IHS Markit’s Security & Risk team which tracks merchant vessel casualties and demolition activity on a worldwide basis. He has built up an extensive knowledge of end-of-life vessel disposals with a particular emphasis on South East Asian recycling markets. He lives in West Sussex, UK and in his spare time is a keen badminton player and cyclist and plays an active part in his local church.
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 Managing Director of m.a.r.c BV (Maritime Asbestos & Recycling Consultants). The company, founded in 2011, is a global supplier of Inventories of Hazardous Materials and asbestos inventories in the maritime and offshore industry worldwide and an associate member of the International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA). He is also an associate member of the Royal Association of the Netherlands Shipowners and Secretary General of IHMA (International Hazmat Association). Marc is also CEO of Van de Poel holding which operates a number of consultants focused on sustainable recycling and participates with other agencies in the sustainable recycling industry. After having worked as an officer for the Royal Netherlands Air Force and as a project manager for several engineering and consultancy companies, Marc founded his own company (Van de Poel holding) in 2000. He has been involved in the ship recycling industry since 2001.
Claude Wohrer
Secrétariat général de la Mer
Prime Minister's Office, Government of France
Currently attached to the “Secretariat Général de la mer” (Secretariat general for the Sea), office of the French prime minister. Graduated as a doctor in ocean sciences from the University of Paris. Undertook research on environmental issues of nuclear plants, and joined the MoD as a civilian engineer for the Navy. In addition, spent several periods in practicing research in ocean sciences both in France and overseas. Her assignments covered project management and technical expertise of various defence programmes, including French hydrographic and oceanographic vessel. From April 2006 to April 2007, was part of the French Inter ministerial Committee on the Dismantling of Civilian and Military end of life ships. In 2009, she was the Head of the French delegation for the adoption of the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recyling of Ships, and after the adoption of the HKC, she chaired some Maritime Environment Protection Committee Working group related to the HKC guidelines. She was the chairperson of the Environmentally sound dismantling of ships’ working Group for the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (Cartagena, Colombia, 17–21 October 2011). She is today member of the Ship Recycling Regulation Committee established in June 2015, under article 25 of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (1257/2013)
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.