IMO Expert Lectures on Air Pollution and GHG Reduction Measures

From 6 to 7 February, students in the Maritime Energy Management (MEM) specialization of the World Maritime University’s (WMU) Malmö MSc in Maritime Affairs, had the opportunity to learn about and discuss air pollution and greenhouse gas reduction measures with Dr. John Calleya, Technical Officer, Subdivision for Protective Measures, Marine Environment Division for the International Maritime Organization. 

Dr Calleya’s lectures formed part of the MEM subject “Energy Efficient Ship Design and Operation” and allowed the students to discuss the latest developments in measures targeting air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations of the MARPOL Convention. The lectures included the international regulatory framework for preventing pollution from ships, sulphur oxides (SOX) nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions and fuel oil quality and availability. Alternative fuels and scrubbers compliance were also discussed as well as regulation of NOX emissions and other substances and Port State Control. A particular highlight was the latest information and discussions about the upcoming 80th session of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC), in which the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships will be up for revision.

Dr Calleya joined the IMO Secretariat in 2018 as an expert on air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. His responsibilities include running the IMO Sulphur Monitoring Programme, the EEDI database and the IMO Data Collection System. Prior to joining the IMO Secretariat, Dr Calleya completed a PhD at UCL in designing ships with lower greenhouse gas emissions. He secured research funding to develop a holistic ship energy model, leading the engineering effort in the framework of a techno-economic shipping sector mathematical model.

The Malmö MSc in Maritime Affairs is a 14-month programme with seven specializations: Maritime Education & Training; Maritime Energy Management; Maritime Law & Policy; Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration; Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management; Port Management, and Shipping Management & Logistics. Foundation studies are taught in the first term and cover the introductory knowledge that is fundamental to all activities in the maritime field. Three successive terms focus on specialization studies and a dissertation. WMU has more than 150 Visiting Lecturers from around the world who contribute their expertise to enrich the education of WMU students.

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