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MEPC 71 - "Ballast Water Update"

  • WGMA Headquarters 1717 Turning Basin Drive, Suite 200 Houston, TX, 77029 United States (map)


MEPC 71 - "Ballast Water Update"
Joint Meeting

Wednesday, July 19th
2:00pm - 6:30pm


WGMA Offices
1717 Turning Basin Dr, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77029



Please save the date to attend a very informative presentation.  Ample time will be set aside for lengthy and informal Q&A.

Keynote Speaker:  TOM KIRK, Director of Environmental Performance, ABS Global Marine- Houston, TX

  Tom Kirk, Director of Environmental Performance, ABS Global Marine

Tom Kirk, Director of Environmental Performance, ABS Global Marine

Tom Kirk is currently the Director, Environmental Performance for ABS located at the corporate headquarters in Houston. The Environmental Performance team is a part of ABS Global Marine organization. Tom leads a team that promotes ABS' environmental performance activities and provides guidance in support of environmental classification, certification and statutory survey work worldwide. He has represented ABS on the IACS delegation to IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee meetings as well as intercessional meetings on reducing greenhouse gasses. Most recently Tom has been appointed as a private sector advisor to the US delegation to MEPC.

Immediately prior to this assignment, Tom served as the Vice President of Engineering for ABS Pacific, stationed in Busan. Tom began his career with ABS in New York City. Over the past 30+ years, Tom has held numerous engineering and management positions in ABS offices in the US, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Tom received his undergraduate degree after completing the dual license program from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. He earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University.

Featured Speakers:

  • Cynthia Hudson, Hudson Analytix

  • Kasthuri Chelliah, De Nora

  • Jim Stanka, Envirocleanse

  • Ricky Dixon, Ecochlor

  • Ernie Chang, C&C Panasia

Tentative Agenda:

  • 1400 - 1430:  Registration and Networking
  • 1430 - 1500:  Keynote Presentation- Tom Kirk, ABS & US private sector representative to IMO
  • 1500 - 1520:  Cyber Security- Cynthia Hudson, Hudson Analytix
  • 1500 - 1545:  Q&A Session with local USCG Vigilance and/or Classification Bodies plus brief presentation on mitigation options
  • 1545 - 1630:  Technology Session with  Ballast Water technology manufacturers De Nora, Envirocleanse, Ecochlor & C&C Panasia (discussion will continue concurrently with dinner)
  • 1630 - 1830:  Refreshments & Delicious Dinner

A delicious dinner and reception will be provided.  Come and network with maritime professionals.

There is no cost for SAMUNDER, WGMA, or NAMEPA members and invited guests.  Non-members and/or those interested in attending, please contact one of the persons below for information.  Advance RSVP is requested for all attendees.

Please RSVP to

Niels A. Aalund, Senior Vice President,
     Office: (713) 715-6424      Mobile: (281) 687-9499  

Robert Hawn, Director of Maritime Affairs,
     Office: (713) 715-6443      Mobile: (832) 473-1905

Citlalli R. Martinez, Maritime Affairs Representative,
     Office: (713) 715-6431      Mobile: (713) 309-0103

Earlier Event: June 10
Marina Cleanup Day 2017
Later Event: September 16
International Coastal Cleanup 2017