Dubai Maritime City Authority launched its series of industry forums with the first covering shipping and the environment, focused on the recent changes to regulation that the industry is witnessing on discharges by vessels trading in territorial waters around the world.
‘Commercial ship owners trading in some countries waters now need a permit to discharge grey water, ballast water and all other discharges incidental to the operation of the vessel. The forum, which was hosted by the Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) department at DMC Authority, comes as confirmation of the growing role of DMC Authority in monitoring and addressing the needs of the maritime industry in Dubai. The forum was divided into three sessions, each of which covered a different aspect of the issue. The first session was presented by Elaine Heldewier, the Environmental Director and Designated Person ashore for environmental issues for Carnival Cruise Line – the largest cruise line in the world, who presented attendees with a practical implementation program to address the required changes on their vessels. The final session was on ISO14001/Corporate Social Responsibility and how it makes good business sense, which was presented by a speaker from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Dr. Vijay Rao, DNV’s Lead Auditor and Trainer for the Middle East for corporate sustainability and strategy.