Presenting at The Motorship’s ‘Propulsion & Emissions Conference 2012’, Ardmore Shipping’s Gerry Docherty delivered a clear message to delegates on the importance of the human component in technical performance management.
The theme for the conference was the need for the shipping industry to prepare for the impending 2015 sulphur regulations, which will see far tighter limits on sulphur emissions in designated Emission Control Areas. Gerry provided an overview of the options available, including low sulphur fuel products, exhaust gas cleaning systems and LNG as a ship’s fuel.
However, as well as technology solutions, Gerry also explained Ardmore’s belief in the importance of the human element in every aspect of management, including plant, generator, fuel oil systems and bunker performance management, along with the enduring value of basic skills and the essential role played by all stakeholders, including owners, technical managers, superintendents and crew members.
Speaking on the first morning of the conference on 23 May 2012 and following on from a prestigious line-up of keynote speakers, including representatives of the IMO, European Commission and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Gerry stressed that non-compliance with the 2015 regulations is not an option. He also outlined the considerations for Ardmore Shipping as it prepares to meet the challenges posed by the MARPOL Annex VI amendments, which take effect on 1 January 2015.