Propulsion and Emissions Conference 2015 - Keynote Speakers Confirmed!

Fri, 13 February 2015

Marine Environment Protection Committee, Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Environment and the Trident Alliance are confirmed as keynote addresses for the 37th Motorship Propulsion and Emissions Conference!

Arsenio Dominguez, Chairman of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the forthcoming Propulsion and Emissions Conference which is focusing on the recently introduced ECA 0.1% regulations. 

Joining Mr Dominguez will be Hendrick Hollstein, Manager Air Pollution, Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Environment and Tor Øyvind Ask of the Trident Alliance, a recently formed group of some 40 plus shipowners who are aiming to pursue a range of different solution strategies to bring about robust and transparent enforcement of the existing and forthcoming emission regulations.

Furthermore we are delighted that Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO, will once again chair the conference which is being held on 4-5 March 2015 at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, Hamburg.

Arsenio Dominguez is a Naval Architect who graduated from the Veracruzana University, Veracruz, Mexico in 1995.  He started his career at Braswell Shipyard in Panama City, Panama as Technical Assistant in Surveying and Ship Repair before joining the Panama Maritime Authority in 1998 and becoming Alternate Representative and Technical Adviser of Panama to the International Maritime Organisation in 2004. Mr. Dominguez is now Vice-Chairman of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and Chairman of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) Working Group on Maritime Security and Piracy.

Hendrick Hollstein was the Deputy of Environmental Strategy; responsible for climate protection, climate adaptation, emission control and environmental cooperation between ports at Hamburg Port Authority for seven years but moved to the Air Quality Management Division of Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Environment in January 2015.

Tor Øyvind Ask has over 22 years’ experience within technical and maritime vessel operation, along with 3 years sea going experience. He’s developed special knowledge around environmental pollution from shipping through the Norwegian Technical University and has gained an MSc (1987) and a PhD in gas engines (1992). Between 1992-1998 Nicolaus worked within gas and diesel engine development at Marintek (The Norwegian Maritime Research Institute), where their main customers included Wartsila, Rolls Royce and Volvo.

Since 1998, Tor has furthered his experience through leading the technical and maritime operation in shipping companies and in 2013 became a member of the board at CIMAC Norway as well as being a leader of WG5 - which is a corporation between 6 Norwegian shipping companies + NSA (Solvang, BW gas, Høeg, Klaveness, Wilhelmsen and Grieg Shipping) where the goal is to work together for improved environmental performance.

Lars Robert Pedersen holds a Chief Engineers license and has more than a decade’s experience in Technical Management. Before joining BIMCO in 2010, Mr. Pedersen was the manager of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s handling of regulatory challenges to its technical management operations. He was involved in revising MARPOL Annex VI and the development of the Energy Efficiency Design Index. As the Deputy Secretary of BIMCO (The Baltic and International Maritime Council whose members represents 65% of the World’s Shipping Tonnage), Mr Pedersen is responsible for consolidating BIMCO’s Industry Affairs activities involving political and regulatory developments at international, regional and national levels.

The long running Propulsion & Emissions Conference is now firmly established as the conference for ship owners & industry professionals wishing to update themselves on regulatory issues and technological solutions.  

Following a highly successful 2014 event which saw more than 170 delegates from 19 countries come together in Hamburg, the 2015 Conference, which is being held on 4-5 March 2015 at the Atlantic Kempinski Hotel in Hamburg, and will provide initial operational and port state control authority feedback on working within the new sulphur limits is entitled ‘Keeping 2020 firmly insight’.

The programme for the 2015 Conference, which has been compiled with the guidance of an advisory board of key industry stakeholders, is now available to download via the website

For more information please contact: Isobel Roberts, Head of Conferences on +44 1329 825335, email or visit

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