Shipping Podcast - listen to the maritime professi

Shipping Podcast - listen to the maritime professi

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The shipping industry is the backbone of international trade, contributing to the globalisation and development of the world, but it's the shipping people who makes the world go around. Liten to the maritime professionals sharing their passion for shipping and how they see the future.


047 Johan Mellqvist, Professor, Earth and Space Sciences, Optical Remote Sensing, Chalmers University of Technology  

Johan Mellqvist is professor in the optical remote sensing group. He focuses his research on the development of spectroscopic optical methods and to use these to gather data related to different environmental problems.

This includes estimating trends of various gaseous species in the large-scale atmosphere to working with air quality issues with particular focus on mapping and quantifying fugitive emissions of gases from industries and to control ship emissions. Johan is a national expert in measuring diffuse emission of hydrocarbons (VOC) and he works with European standardization (CEN).

Johan explains what a "sniffer" is, how that technology works and how that was a spin-off from the original idea to develop survelliance tools to see whether ships were obeying international rules and regulations, or not.

With a background from the car industry, Johan finds it interesting that no one asked on beforehand if it was possible to measure if the SECA regulations were obtained or not. We discuss the results from his work and how his "yellow mailbox" has become a "household name" globally.

If you haven't listened to episode 39 with Anna Larsson, maybe you should do that prior to listening to Johan, but I can assure you, this episode is very interesting anyhow. 

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046 Kevin Richards,, Business Development Manager, Bermuda Business Development Agency  

Kevin Richards joined the Bermuda Business Development Agency, BDA, in 2015, bringing more than nine years of financial services experience, including two as marketing manager at GE Canada.

Previously, Kevin spent two years in London with GE Capital International, and also worked for five years in the insurance industry with ACE Group in London and Bermuda. Kevin holds a BA and MBA degree from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. At the BDA, Kevin is responsible for shipping and aircraft finance sectors.

It is apparent that Bermuda is restructuring its shipping registry to attract more shipowning and management companies to the island, and Kevin is in charge of making that happen. We talk about the things that makes Bermuda attractive both as a flag state but also as a harbour for insurance and reinsurance business.

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045 William Gallagher, President, International Registries, Inc.  

Since joining International Registries Inc., IRI’s legal staff in 1991, William Gallagher has worked closely with the Marshall Islands government and its legislative agenda.

Although he has traveled around the globe meeting clients and speaking at corporate and maritime seminars, William Gallagher has been most instrumental in working with IRI’s Far East clientele.

Prior to joining IRI he specialized in Legal Compliance in the securities industry. He has served as an intern in the United States Senate receiving an award as Intern of the Year and in the German Bundestag, where he enhanced his proficiency in the German language and political culture.

William thinks that the biggest change in the shipping industry for the last 25 years has been regulation. - If you look how vessels were trading in the 70s and 80s and the early 90s, and then look at today, it's a completely different world, he says and refers to a couple of international regulations; SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea), MLC (Maritime Labour Convention), ISM Code (International Safety Management Code) and ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security Code) which you maybe want to read up on before you listen.

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044 Hannah van Hemmen, scientist and engineer, based in New York, gives her young perspective on the shippng industry  

Meet Hannah van Hemmen, a young scientist and engineer who works as a marine surveyor at MARTIN OTTAWAY. She talks about what it's like to be young in an old fashion industry with cutting edge technology and which she thinks gets too little attention.

Hannah has got some really good ideas how the shipping industry can become more visible, why not take her up on the idea of a female surveyor as the new MacGyver? She also speaks about a book called The sole of a new machine

Hannah also speaks very fondly about WISTA, Women's International Shipping and Trading Association, where she is a member of the New York Chapter, WISTA USA.

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043 Brent C Bruun, Chief Operating Officer, COO, KVH Industries Inc., a Mobile Broadband Group  

Brent C. Bruun, Chief Operating Officer of mobile broadband for KVH Industries, joined KVH in 2008 and has been instrumental in setting the strategy for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband service, which is now the industry’s leading maritime VSAT provider.

Brent Bruun is dedicated to creating solutions to meet the maritime industry’s need for improved operations through connectivity. Before joining KVH, Brent held positions with satellite operator SES AMERICOM, KPMG LLP, and General Electric.

We discuss the fact that usage of mobile broadband at see is going up, on a monthly basis, that new sattelites are going up and that ew sattelite constellations is formed, which will be able to support the increased use.

Brent sees the future going with the internet of things and the connection between ship and shore becoming vital.

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042 Espen Poulsson, Chairman of the Board of International Chamber of Shipping, ICS  

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based commercial
management and ship owning entity, managing 14 large modern container vessels all under the Singapore Flag.

Mr Poulsson has worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years. He spent 20 years with TORM A/S in a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and, most recently, as President & CEO of TORM
Singapore Pte. Ltd before stepping down in December, 2009.

He was elected President of the Singapore Shipping Association in June 2015, of which he has been a Council Member since 2007. He also serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), is an Advisory Council Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, and after having served as Vice Chairman of the London based International Chamber of Shipping, on whose Board he represented Singapore, he was elected the Chairman of the Board of the International Chamber of Shipping in January 2016.

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041 Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO at Chamber of Shipping of America  

Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO at Chamber of Shipping of America.

Kathy graduated in June 1978 with highest honors from the US Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and Nautical Sciences. She spent five years as a deck officer aboard crude oil and product tankers.

Kathy became the Director of Maritime Affairs for the Chamber of Shipping of America, a maritime trade association representing US based commercial shipping interests in international, federal and state forums.

Her responsibilities in this position included monitoring and development of positions with regards to legislative and regulatory initiatives and advocacy on issues of impact for the members of the Chamber of Shipping, before various organizations including the International Maritime Organization, the US Congress, and federal and state regulatory agencies.

In this capacity, she has testified before Congressional committees, federal and state regulatory agencies and has attended numerous sessions of the International Maritime Organization initially as the American shipowner representative on the US delegation to the Marine Environment Protection Committee and the Maritime Safety Committee and currently as the American shipowner representative on the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) delegation. Kathy is also the Chairman of the ICS Environmental Sub-Committee.

She took the reins as President & CEO in January 2015.

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040 Carleen Lyden-Kluss, CEO Morgan Communications, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, NAMEPA  

Carleen Lyden-Kluss, CEO Morgan Marketing & Communications, Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) and Ambassador of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Carleen is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association) where she serves as Press Officer for the International organization, the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, INTERTANKO, The National Press Club and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ, as well as a Trustee of Sea Research Foundation and is a Board member of the Working Harbor Committee of New York.

Carleen Lyden-Kluss is a marketing and communications professional specializes in identifying, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications programs that increase the visibility and effectiveness of NAMEPA as well as the development of educational resources promoting marine environment protection. She works to develop strategic alliances between industry, regulators and environmental groups to "Save the Seas".

This interview was made during the CMA 2016, in Stamford, Connecticut, USA and is the first of 6 made during this maritime trade fair.

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039 Anna Larsson, Vice President, Global Head of Sustainability, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and Chair of the #TridentAliiance  

Anna Larsson, Vice President, Global Head of Sustainability, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and Chair of the Trident Alliance.

Anna Larsson explains that the Trident Alliance is an industry grouping working for robust enforcement of the new sulphur regulations. When the #SECA areas was introduced, the authorities didn't talk a lot about how to make sure that everyone followed the new regulations. Now the "good guys", who have invested heavily and are following the sulphur regulations putting pressure on the national governments and their authorities to follow up on those who doesn't, the "bad guys".

Anna is of the opinion that there is a need for sanctions that really hearts if we are supposed to reach the proper benefits from the new regulations, the "sulphur effect".

We discuss what will happen in 2020, we touch upon innovations, where Anna thinks that the shipping industry need to open up to outside influence and gives the ORCELLE AWARD as a good example on how WWL every year gets 70-80 examples of good environmental improvements that can be put into operations. Link to the ORCELLE concept ship

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038 Alisdair Pettigrew, Managing Director and Co-Founder of BLUE Communications  

Alisdair Pettigrew has 15 years experience of working in the markets where marine, energy and environment meet. He is co-founder of BLUE, a communications’ consultancy, whose mission is to bring new strategic intelligence to reputation management in industries that must alter perceptions of their economic and social value. He came to communications from a successful decade in journalism and as publisher with Informa and Petromedia.

He is has been a senior advisor to Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room NGO’s shipping operation for over five years, and is an advisor in Clean Marine Energy, a company dedicated to providing tailored solutions for emissions compliance.

He combines outstanding media and opinion former communications skills with the rare ability to originate and develop new vehicles for ideas, research and evidence on compelling issues to give clients ground-breaking opportunities through many channels. He is also the founder of news and information website, and maritime publishing and intelligence company Fathom.

He is a founder and equity partner in Mayfield Corporate Ventures, whose mission is to invest in entrepreneurs seeking to develop solutions where the marine energy and environment markets meet.

037 Diane Gilpin, designed and leads The Smart Green Shipping Alliance, SGSA  

Diane Gilpin designed and leads The Smart Green Shipping Alliance, SGSA. It is a collaborative industry initiative created to build technically, commercially and environmentally superior systems solutions for the shipping sector.

It accelerates projects through co-creation, transferring technology and knowledge from offshore yacht racing, F1, renewable energy, aviation and defence to complement deep commercial maritime expertise. 

Is a 21st century sailing vessel going to become the billboard where the shipping industry will raise its profile and show the world how serious we are about the future?

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036 Roger Harris, Executive Director, International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).  

Roger Harris is the Executive Director of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). He joined the International Committee on Seafarer’s Welfare (ICSW), the predecessor to ISWAN, six years ago.

Previous to working at ICSW, Roger worked in senior positions, mainly in fundraising, for a range of not for profit organisations including Concern Worldwide (UK), the international development NGO, and The Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV and AIDS charity. Roger also played a leading role in raising funds in the UK for Nelson Mandela’s Presidential election campaign in 1994.

The focus of ISWAN is to promote the welfare of seafarers worldwide. ISWAN runs SeafarerHelp, the free 24 hour multi-lingual helpline for seafarers and their families as well as a number of other projects in support of frontline welfare organisations around the world.

ISWAN train ship visitors around the world to go on board to befriend seafarers, provide advice, and enable them to contact home. So far they have trained over 1000 ship visitors.

ISWAN also produce and distribute information for seafarers on improving health and preventing diseases such as HIV and malaria. We produce a seafarer centre directory for seafarers with details of welfare provision and local amenities available.

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035 Kate D Adamson, Blue Futurist, FutureNautics  

Kate D Adamson is a Blue Futurist and thought-leader in the maritime space, she the founder of Futurenautics, an author, novelist, conference chair and keynote speaker. Alongside her work as keynote speaker, Kate is an accomplished and frequently requested conference MC, roundtable anchor, and has presented both for TV and Radio.

Some of her most requested topics include:

– Future of transport and logistics, drones, autonomous vehicles, impacts on business and consumers.

– Regulatory, Legal and Insurance challenges, the Bureaucratic Singularity in a digital age

– Manufacturing 3.0/Industry 4.0, 3-D & 4-D Printing, nearshoring/next shoring, changing trade flows and consumer demand.


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034 Kathi Stanzel, Managing Director INTERTANKO  

Kathi Stanzel is the Managing Director of the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, INTERTANKO since five years. Prior to that she was twelve years with the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation, ITOPF, and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, IOPC.

Kathi has a background in Coastal Management & Marine Biology and is passionate about the environment, which you can hear in this interview. She is also a shipping industry spokesperson hence very well informed about what’s at the top of the agenda within the maritime industry.

We discuss tanker specific issues on the agenda which is the foundation of the strategy going forward for the independent tanker owners.

This is a long interview, where Kathi explains to us where she is coming from and one really understands why so many has asked to listen to her.


033 Suzanne Williams, QPM, International, independent kidnap response expert  

Sue Williams, QPM, is an international, independent kidnap response expert, who spent 32 years as a civil servant in the Scotland Yard, where she ended as head of the Hostage Crisis Negotiation Unit, prior to starting her own company as an independent consultant. 

Sue has been involved in hundreds of hostage situations including piracy attacks and she walks us through the various stages of an attack and how to prepare for the worst before it happens and practise! 

Did you know that there is something as awful as fake kidnappers who try and parasitize when they learn about an ongoing hostage situation?! 

As a Crisis Management Team, you have to detach yourself from emotions, which isn't easy, but crucial in order to achieve the ultimate goal, to get the people back, sound and safe. There is no greater feeling than to be able to bring back someone to their families, says Sue.

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032 Kathleen C Haines, CFO & Treasurer, Heidmar Inc  

Kathleen C. Haines (Kathy) is the Chief Financial Officer, CFO, and Treasurer of Heidmar Inc. and is responsible for the financial management and reporting for Heidmar Inc. and subsidiaries, and for Heidmar International Pools Inc. and subsidiaries. She is also a member of the Heidmar Executive Committee.

Kathy has over 20 years of financial and accounting experience within the maritime industry. Prior to joining Heidmar in 2012, she was a principal of Holbridge Capital Advisors, a financial consulting firm specializing in the maritime industry. Until its sale in 2007, Kathy was the CFO of OMI Corp., one of the largest tanker companies listed on the NYSE.

We discuss the tanker business, still the segment in shipping where you find the big boys, and how Kathy send a lot of time on compliance and screening people they do business with. All oil majors have their own vetting systems and it is important to score vetting points to keep the vessel in business.

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031 Dr Tristan Smith,  lecturer in Energy and Transport, UCL Energy Institute  

Dr Tristan Smith is a lecturer in Energy and Transport at the UCL Energy Institute, where he leads a shipping modelling and analysis research group. Tristan has degrees in Engineering and Naval Architecture and he has been the coordinator of the project Low Carbon Shipping – A Systems Approach, leading two of the six work packages on ‘modelling the global shipping system’ and ‘regulation policy and incentives for low carbon shipping’.

Tristan's research interests cover all aspects of shipping economics, logistics and operation and he has been leading a consortium of ten organisations to produce the Third IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014: a major publication for the industry, which is used as a reference for CO2 emission regulatory discussions for the future.

It's interesting to hear Tristan explain the challenges the researchers meet when trying to explain the shipping industry and it mechanisms to the policy makers and what difficulties there is for the same researchers to reach the industry and convince them to let go of the mind-set of "what can we get away with".

Hear how Tristan examines the often used arguments for why shipping should benefit from not making any changes to the current state of the business; Shipping is the greenest form of transport, Shipping is too important to the global economy, Shipping is intractable for developing countries & that the current technology is the only solution.

It's a bright future with no shortage of stimulating employment opportunities that Tristan describes for the #shipping industry.

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030 Adam Kent, Director, Maritime Strategies International, MSI, London  

Adam Kent has always loved ships and was actually a ship-spotter when he was young. He grew up on the Isle of Wight, but was never meant to work in the shipping industry.

Maritime Strategies International is an independent shipping consultancy, producing market forecasting of the shipping markets. In order to do that you need to be on top of everything from steel price, unemployment rates and GDP to oil prices and new regulations. 

Adam explains what the drivers are for the various shipping segments and why they have such big impact on earnings and vessel values.

We discuss the eco shipping, scrapping, and newbuilding market. We go through the shipbuilding market and we touch upon the new Panama Canal and if there is any credibility to the Nicaragua Canal

New trading patterns and Adams belief in a constant flow of new regulations to force the shipping industry into becoming more eco-friendly.

As you understand, this is like Christmas for the shipping geeks - but hopefully it is also enlightening for those who hasn't seen the light yet, it is a very long and educational episode. Please enjoy!

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029 Niclas Dahl, Market Unit Manager, Marine Equipment, Marine & Diesel Equipment, Alfa Laval  

Niclas Dahl is the Market Unit Manager for Marine & Diesel Equipment at Alfa Laval in Shanghai, but he started up as a Business Manager for the Ballast Water business area within Alfa Laval some ten years ago. 

He has been through a fantastic period of technical challenges, environmental considerations and together with the team was responsible for building a completely new company within the company.

There were so many challenges when they first started that he cannot name anyone in particular. They were breaking new ground and found technical solutions to new regulations which they thought were going to come in full force and effect any day. 

It still isn't.

Niclas is very pleased that the company has taken a proactive approach to the new developments from the regulators point of view, he enjoys being a part of the change that is taking place now, than sitting waiting for it.

Listen to this father of four daughters and his view upon the shipping industry, which he entered in 1998 and never wants to leave!

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028 Andreas Chrysostomou, Director at the Department of Merchant Shipping, Cyprus  

Andreas Chrysostomou is a naval architect who grew up through the ranks and last year was Nomination for IMO as a candidate for the position of Secretary-General at the International Maritime Organisation, IMO.

Andreas was not elected in the political game of electing the head of one of the special agencies of the United Nations, UN, but he shares his experiences from taking part in the process. He got the possibility to elaborate on how he sees his dream of governing an international body like that. 

Andreas Chrysostomou is not new to the IMO system, in 1999 he was elected as Chairman of the Design and Equipment Subcommittee and 2003 he was elected as Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) a position he held until 2013.

As you will hear, Andreas talks a lot about e-navigation, which is not navigation but everything where navigation gets involved, and he thinks that the shipping industry should embrace the new technology for many reasons.

Thank you for listening. If you want to give a shout-out to Andreas, you reach him via his Twitter account @An_Chr or by including the @ShippingPodcast in your tweet ;) 

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