Green Marine’s 10th annual conference went as smoothly as the great cruise tour of Port Everglades that concluded it! GreenTech 2017 was quite successful with a stellar lineup of speakers and a dozen exhibitors generating the interest of 140 people who registered for the event.
Knowledge and best practices, information sharing, and great networking – under bright sunny skies – were always on the agenda. Sustainability was put forward in many great ways: from the opening notes by Heike Deggim, the International Maritime Organization’s senior deputy director of the Sub-Division for Protective Measures of the Marine Environment Division, who shed light on the shipping industry’s constant need to improve its environmental performance in a global framework that avoids inconsistent regulations, to the final cruise event where attendees obtained a closer look at the port’s container, bulk and cruise facilities, as well as its initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts on Florida’s unique ecosystems and marine mammals such as manatees.
The first ever session devoted to the cruise industry – prompted by Fort Lauderdale’s proximity to Port Everglades ranked among the world’s top three cruise ports – proved to generated extensive interest and keen discussion. Moderated by Ginger Garte who is Lloyd’s Register Americas’ environmental and sustainability director, the panel featured representatives from the Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean International, and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The session highlighted the innovative efforts by the cruise industry to minimize its environmental footprint.
As always, GreenTech 2017 addressed numerous other issues, all directly linked to sustainable shipping from clean ship innovation to underwater noise, air emissions, LNG, community resilience, port development mitigation, and environmental leadership.
Thank you to all of GreenTech’s speakers, exhibitors, attendees and sponsors, who contributed to the success of our 10th environmental conference. We feel privileged to be surrounded by long time collaborators and new comers, year-over-year, all committed to help us achieve our mission of advancing environmental excellence for the North American marine industry.
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We realize the bar has been set high for our next annual gathering, and we are counting on your presence at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, in Vancouver B.C., to ensure the success of GreenTech 2018.
Mark your calendars now: Wednesday, May 30, to Friday, June 1, 2018!