2017 Workshop: Optimizing Marine Energy Resources

Oct 16-17, 2017. Washington D.C.

This event is jointly sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers & United States Coast Guard and is open to the public through advanced registration. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a technical exchange on areas of technology that impact the marine industry with corresponding coverage in related codes and standards and government regulations. This public workshop will provide a unique opportunity for classification societies, industry groups, standards development organizations, governments and interested members of the public to come together for a professional exchange on topics ranging from technological impacts to the marine industry, corresponding coverage in related codes and standards, and government regulations. The workshop is comprised of a series of panel sessions carried over a two-day period covering a variety of topics.

2017 Presentation Archive

Keynote Speakers

Howard Fireman

Howard Fireman
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President
American Bureau of Shipping Inc. (ABS)

Robin Rorick

Robin Rorick
Group Director, Midstream and Industry Operations
American Petroleum Institute (API)

Charles Darr

Charles 'Bud' Darr
Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs
MSC Group

John P Nadeau

Rear Admiral John P. Nadeau
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy
U.S. Coast Guard

Thomas Pastor

Thomas Pastor
Vice President
Hartford Steam Boiler

About USCG

The Coast Guard is the principal Federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and waterways. In this capacity, the Coast Guard protects and defends more than 100,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways, and safeguards an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) encompassing 4.5 million square miles stretching from North of the Arctic Circle to South of the equator, from Puerto Rico to Guam, encompassing nine time zones –– the largest EEZ in the world. As one of the five Armed Services of the United States, the Coast Guard is the only military branch within the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to its role as an Armed Service, the Coast Guard is a first responder and humanitarian service that provides aid to people in distress or impacted by natural and man-made disasters whether at sea or ashore. The Coast Guard is a member of the Intelligence Community, and is a law enforcement and regulatory agency with broad legal authorities associated with maritime transportation, hazardous materials shipping, bridge administration, oil spill response, pilotage, and vessel construction and operation.

The over 56,000 members of the Coast Guard operate a multi-mission, interoperable fleet of 243 Cutters, 201 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and over 1,600 boats. Operational control of surface and air assets is vested in two Coast Guard geographical Areas (Pacific and Atlantic), nine Coast Guard Districts, and 35 Sectors located at strategic ports throughout the country. Six Mission Support Logistics and Service Centers provide services for operational assets and shore facilities. Coast Guard program oversight, policy development, and personnel administration are carried out at Coast Guard Headquarters located on the St. Elizabeth's campus in Washington, DC.

About ASME

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 140,000 members in 151 countries.

For more than 100 years, ASME has successfully enhanced performance and safety worldwide through its renowned codes and standards, conformity assessment programs, training courses, and journals.

ASME also produces nearly 40 international conferences. These industry-leading events feature advanced research and technical content spanning a range of industries impacted by mechanical engineering, including energy production, energy sources, advanced manufacturing, and engineering sciences. View all ASME Conferences.

This program aims to facilitate acquisition, transport and use of energy resources in areas such as the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico, and Outer Continental Shelf while protecting the marine environment and ensuring safe operation of marine transportation systems.

Panel Topics:

1. Transport and use of natural gas
Considers shipboard systems involved in the handling and transport of CNG/LNG as cargo. This panel will also consider the handling and use of natural gas as a shipboard fuel, addressing, among other things, systems, containment, fuel quality, safety considerations. Will also consider recent international and domestic requirements, including environmental considerations.

2. Use of alternative fuels for ship systems
Considers containment and handling systems, bunkering systems and safety considerations for fuels other than natural gas. Also considers the latest requirements and standards used by ship owners and designers, including the IMO Gas-Fueled Ships Code (IGF Code). Some examples include biofuels, hydrogen, and methanol. Also considers costs associated with infrastructure, training, operations and maintenance.

3. Infrastructure for alternative energy sources
Considers international and domestic requirements for infrastructure such as offshore structures and servicing vessels for alternative energy sources such as wind farms and tidal generators.

4. Offshore Marine Technology
Considers technological advancements in a variety of subjects affecting the offshore industry and the marine transportation system. This includes systems for ensuring the safe and effective offshore exploration and extraction of energy resources, including dynamic positioning, hazardous areas, and safety systems. Will consider lessons learned from operations as well as application of related standards.

5. Shipboard Technologies for Energy Efficiency
Considers technologies and best practices for improving energy efficiency in the design and operation of ship equipment and systems. Potential topics include Energy Efficiency Design Index, Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator, and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan.

6. Polar Ship Design, Construction, and Operation
Consider requirements within the recently adopted IMO Polar Code and the IACS Polar Class rules. This includes vessel design considerations for low temperature environments. Also considers experiences of organizations operating ships in Polar Waters.

7. Marine Environmental Protection (MARPOL 73/78)
Considers issues, technologies, equipment and standards under the Annexes to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78). Topics include pollution prevention requirements and standards for oil, sewage, garbage, ballast water, and air emissions.

8. Regulatory/classification society developments
Considers latest international and domestic developments and requirements regarding safety and environmental protection impacting the maritime community.

9. Autonomous ship technology; automation & cybersecurity
Considers issues/advancements regarding automation and autonomous ship technology, as well as the intercept with cybersecurity.