Ship Recycling Forum

Hong Kong / 5-6 March 2019

row-start col-xs-12 row-end


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:

row-start col-xs-12 row-end speakers-section speaker
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.
Robert Almström
Contract Manager
Stena Rederi AB
Robert Almstrom has been employed by Stena since 1990. He has a B.Sc. degree in Nautical Science (Master Mariner) from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg Sweden, and has worked for a number of shipping companies during his 17 years at sea. Within the Stena group Robert is working as Contract Manager negotiating all type of contracts as newbuilding, conversion, sale & purchase and bareboat chartering. Robert is also representing Sweden in the Bimco Documentary Committee and has participated in a various sub-committees in Bimco e.g as the chairman for the development of the Recyclecon.
A K M Shamsul Areefin
Additional Secretary (Ship Recycling)
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.
Dimitris 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.
Ehud Bar-Lev
Global Manager, Ship Inspection & Assessment
Lloyd's Register
Ehud Bar-Lev joined Lloyd’s Register (LR) in 1996 and became Global Manager for Ship Inspection and Assessment Services in 2007. He is responsible for developing and delivering new bespoke tools and consultancy products to assist clients worldwide, including such unique services as the Condition Assessment Programme and Hull Renovation Scheme. Alongside his global responsibilities, Ehud had been Country Business Manager for Israel since August 2010 until January 2018, overseeing all LR’s business in the country. From 1996 to 2007, he worked for LR as a Marine and Offshore field Surveyor, eventually attaining principal level. As well as surveying ships and offshore installations, he was responsible for new construction projects as a team member and team leader in various locations, including Germany, South Africa, Taiwan, Israel and Greece. Prior to joining LR, Ehud already had 16 years’ experience as an Engineer Officer on board naval vessels, container and tanker ships, working with steam and motor propulsion systems, reached a Chief Engineer position on board and as a superintendent ashore.
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).
Rakesh Bhargava
Sea Sentinels
Rakesh Bhargava was formerly General Manager and Head of the IHM, Green Recycling and Lay-Up services of Wilhelmsen Ship Management having spent over 30 years with the company. He is 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, and was 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 from Junior Engineer to Chief Engineer, ascended to Fleet Manager, a position he held for many years, prior to being a GM. He holds a Graduate Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a certificate in General Management for Shipping, Certificate of Competency as Chief Engineer and several other professional qualifications.
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.
Christine Bossard
Campaign Manager
Robin des Bois, NGO
Christine Bossard has been working since 2002 for the Paris-based NGO Robin des Bois which aims at the protection of Man and the Environment in France, in Europe and Worldwide. She has been involved in a number of campaigns and on site investigations on various issues with regard waste management, polluted sites, oil spills, industrial risk, maritime security... She coordinates the collection of information on shipbreaking issues, market, trends, regulatory evolution. Since 2006 she is a co-writer of the quarterly bulletin of information and analysis on ship demolition "Shipbreaking"/"A la Casse" published by the NGO and circulated freely to the public and the medias but also to State authorities and professional of the maritime and recycling sectors.
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.
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.
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
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.
Rakesh (Billu) Khetan
WIRANA Shipping Corporation
Mr Rakesh Khetan (Billu) – CEO, Wirana Shipping Corp has vast experience in business, especially as a leading and prominent cash buyer of vessels for recycling. A very well known name in shipping circles, especially in ship recycling, he has been at the helm of Wirana for 20 years and is responsible for all its sale and purchase. He has handled various types of businesses including an on-shore oil block in West Africa, two gas blocks and one gas producing field in CIS, commodity trading, ship owning, properties and investments in financial products apart from the main business as a cash buyer of ships. Originally from Mumbai, India he is an Electonics Engineer by training. The 54 year old has led the company, which is the oldest cash-buyer , into rapid growth due to its impeccable reputation, aggressive pricing and professional handling of commercial and operational matters. Wirana successfully negotiates in excess of 150 vessels annually. Under his leadership, the company has twice achieved a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records, in 2002 and 2003, for purchasing the largest vessels for recycling, they were the “Kapetan Michalis” (about 515,000 dwt) and “Sea Giant” (about 555,000 dwt).
Peter Koller
Policy Officer
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.
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.
Kan Matsuzaki
Director, Shipbuilding and Shipbreaking
IndustriALL Global Union
Kan Matsuzaki, Director ICT, Electrical and Electronics, Shipbuilding and Shipbreaking, IndustriALL Global Union, Switzerland In 2012, he was appointed as Director Shipbuilding-Shipbreaking as well as ICT, Electrical and Electronics when IndustriALL Global Union formed in 2012 through a merger of the IMF, ICEM(International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions) and ITGLWF(International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federationin), and is representing over 50 million members from more than 140 countries across supply chains in mining, energy, and manufacturing sectors at the global level. As an international trade unionist, his mission is to support building democratic trade union and to defend workers’ rights in both ICT, Electrical and Electronics, and shipbuilding and shipbreaking sector. He is also responsible for promoting sustainable industrial policy in those sectors.
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.
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
Deputy Director, International Affairs
Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Kazuya Nakao is Deputy Director for International Affairs, Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Division, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan. Current areas of his work include the development of policy and international negotiations regarding the shipbuilding and ship recycling industry. He has served as the member of Japanese delegation to OECD Council Working Party on Shipbuilding and other international fora. After joining MLIT in 2007, he has taken part in policy-makings and led a lot of projects in the field of transportation policy. He previously 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. He holds a Master Degree on Public Administration (Columbia University) and Engineering (University of Tokyo).
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
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.
Reinoud Pijpers
Reinoud Pijpers (1952) has been actively participating in various international gremia during his professional career at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Transport and Environment. Preparing and attending several meetings for the ministers in the EU in Brussels, maintaining intensive contacts with members of the European Parliament, attending meetings in the framework of the OECD and the UN and participation in the preparation of the Hong Kong Convention in the IMO in London. During this period he got acquainted with ISRA. Reinoud became director of ISRA in May 2018.
Md. Mizanur Rahman
National Project Manager, SENSREC Project-Bangladesh
International Maritime Organisation
Mr. Md. Mizanur Rahman is a career Civil Servant of the Government of Bangladesh. Currently, he is serving in the Ministry of Industries (MoInd) as Deputy Secretary. Before that position he worked in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a period of three years as National Project Manager for the ‘Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) Phase I’. Since 2013 he has been working with the MoInd and IMO for the development of country's ship recycling industry. He contributed as a team member to the development of recently promulgated Bangladesh Ship Recycling Act 2018. He completed Bachelor degree and Masters in Agricultural Science from Bangladesh Agricultural University. Later he got MBA from University of West London, UK.
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.
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.
Satinder Pal Singh
Joint Secretary, Shipping
Ministry of Shipping, India
Shri Satinder Pal Singh is a graduate in BE (Civil Engineering), with a Masters degree in Law from Brunel University, London. He joined the civil service in 1995 and has served in the State of Himachal Pradesh in various senior positions. While on deputation outside the State, Shri Singh has had the opportunity to serve in the UN Mission in Kosovo and also with the National Human Rights Commission of India. In his current deputation to the Union Government, Shri Singh served as Director (Housing) in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, before being appointed as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping in August 2017. In his current assignment, Shri Singh is, among others, looking after matters related to shipbreaking and policy matters related to the shipping sector.
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.
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.
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.
Saleem Uz Zaman
Pakistan Ship Breakers' Association
Saleem uz Zaman has a diverse experience ranging from business management to marketing and conducting environmental studies. Holding a Masters Degree in Business Administration and various Courses in Environmental Management, Saleem started his carrier in 2000 by working for the US Department of Commerce at the American Consulate in Karachi – Pakistan. He is currently heading an environmental services organization by the name of Global Environmental Management Services (Pvt) Limited (GEMS) which has operations in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. GEMS is providing services to various national and international organizations in the areas of environmental assessments and waste management. Saleem has been associated with the Ship Recycling Industry in Pakistan since 2007 and has been working on the improvement of environmental conditions of the ship recycling yards in Pakistan. Saleem also contributed to the study conducted by the World Bank on Ship Breaking and Recycling Industry in Bangladesh and Pakistan and worked as a Senior Local Consultant on the study titled Project on Environmentally Sound Management of Waste from Ship Dismantling in Pakistan which was conducted by United Nations Environment Programme.
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.