Shipping & Salvage

We are running a series of Interspill Inform, webinars to support the Sector Themed Days.

More details on the Sector Themed Days at Interspill are available here.

We are pleased to announce the dates of the Interspill Inform Shipping and Salvage Webinar series:


Casualty Management – 1400hrs (BST) 24 May

• Container losses – stemming the increase in losses 1400hrs (BST) 6 June

• Alternative Fuels – hazards and management of them 1400 (BST) 15 June

• Casualty Management – 1400hrs (BST) 24 May


This webinar, the first in our Shipping and Salvage Series of Interspill Inform webinars will look at what happens when a vessel gets into difficulty and follow the casualty management process, discussing the relevant law and using some past incidents, like the cruise ship Costa Concordia and the container vessel MV Rena to provide insight. Sam Kendall-Marsden of the Standard Club is very experienced in this field and is Director of Claims at Standard Club.

The second part of the webinar will be led by Jan De Boer who is Senior Legal Officer at IMO. He will discuss how the various legal principle work to try to ensure prompt and efective removal of hazardous wrecks and lost cargo in the EEZ; how this can be applied worldwide. How oil and pollution risks are covered. He will also talk on the Nairobi convention and focus on places of refuge.

The provisional programme is below:

Container losses – stemming the increase in losses – 1400hrs (BST) 6 June

The average loss of containers from vessel is 1200 or so each year. In 2020 there were over 3000 lost and the rate of losses so far in 2022 is indicating similar for this year.

Why is this happening, how can the rate of increases can be stemmed, what is industry doing to stop this and what happened to the containers that are lost.

This webinar shed some light on all of these points.

Alternative Fuels – hazards and management of them

The drive to reduce harmful emissions from the burning of hydrocarbon fuels has seem Heavy Fuel Oil virtually banned and replace with light fuels like Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil which has brought its own challenges but presents less harm to the environment.

Shipping produces 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually which is 2,5% of the world’s emissions. The International Maritime Organization has set a target for it to cut these emissions by 50% by 2050. So the rush to decarbonise shipping to reduce Green House Gasses is on!

It is interesting to observe vessels being ordered as this gives an indication of the direction of travel that shipowners are talking. Bi-fuel vessels eg LNG/Methanol, Hydrogen/HVO.

This webinar introduces the scale of the problem, why industry must decarbonise, how it might do it but also what problems do these fuel pose to users and importantly spill responder

Shipping and Salvage Day at Interspill – 22 June

The outcome of these webinars will be discussed face-to-face at Interspill 2022 on 22 June with the outline programme as follows:

0900 – 0940 Sector Mentor: Karen Purnell – previously Managing Director ITOPF will set out the challenges the shipping and salvage industry faces and how the work the pollution and incident response industry must do to help manage future incidents.

• 0940 – 1000 – Questions and short discussion

• 1000 – 1030 – Industry response 1 – Casualty Management

• 1030 – 1100 – Refreshment break

• 1100 – 1130 – Industry response 2 – Container Losses

• 1130 – 1200 – Industry response 3 – Emerging fuels , their risk and management

• 1200 – 1230 – Industry response 4 – TBC

• 1230 – 1330 – Lunch

• 1330 – 1500 – Open forum to deliver an Action Plan for industry, governments and regulators!

• 1500 – 1530 – Closing comments

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