‘Green Makes Sense’ Says WMS President at EXPO 2012 (South Korea)
Dag Schjerven, president and CEO Wilhelmsen Maritime Services (WMS), addressed the need for the international maritime industry to adopt a green shipping ethos at yesterday’s EXPO 2012 in Korea.
“Some have criticised the IMO for acting too slowly and it has been suggested local regulation might be more effective. Whilst we agree that regional initiatives have made an important contribution to the cause, exclusively-local regulation would make it very difficult for international ship owners to operate effectively. And a global industry like shipping needs global rules and standards,” he said.
Mr Schjerven discussed how the combination of engineering and global network capabilities has made it possible to develop environmental solutions for Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) customers worldwide:
“By offering the best available technologies in the market we can help our customers stay compliant and reduce their vessel operating costs. The less energy a ship consumes the less fuel it will burn, resulting in reduced pollution and cost savings. The majority of vessels use large amounts of chemicals for cleaning, maintenance, water and fuel treatment. Our companies, such as Wilhelmsen Ships Service, are leading the way in bringing environmentally acceptable marine chemicals into the market.”
“Through continuous adjustments to customer demands, international regulations and new technologies, we are making constant improvements to address the environmental challenges of the maritime industry. Our green agenda fits the company’s vision of shaping the maritime industry. To us, going green makes sense.”
Source: WSS, May 15, 2012