Conference focusses on going green Thursday, March 28 - 2013 V.Group has promoted the importance of shipping companies reducing their carbon footprint by hosting a special event in Japan. Earlier this month, in partnership with Class NK, V.Ships organised its Green Shipping Seminar in Tokyo to raise awareness of new regulations and their effects on ship owners and other industry-wide stakeholders. Group CEO Clive Richardson, Managing Director for V.Ships Asia Group Satnam Kumar and Marine Services Projects Director Greg Hughes were joined by 100 senior executives from a number of the country's top shipping companies including NYK, K Line, MOL, JX Shipping, Keymax group, Stolt Nielsen and Odfjell. Clive said: "It is clear to me that environmentally efficient vessels, new or retrofitted, operated by trained and competent crew with access to sound engineering advice, represent a win-win proposition for the top companies in the shipping sector. I want V.Group to be at the forefront of the green shipping agenda." Satnam Kumar said: "As a leading ship management and marine services company, we continually test new operational practices and the performance of new green technology on-board our managed vessels. "Crew training on the effective operational management of vessels is as important as technology and regulations when it comes to ensuring the safety of the environment and the most efficient operation of ships in times of excessive fuel prices." The seminar also included presentations by Class NK on outlines and activities of Ship Recycling. Tetsuya Kinoshita, Managing Director for Class NK, said: "We would like to express our happiness that V Ships' Green Shipping Seminar has come off so successfully. "It was our great privilege to have the opportunity to offer our assistance to the Green Shipping Seminar. In the same manner as V.Ships, we are dedicated to achieving our common goals of safer, greener seas and to providing even better service, both now and in the future." Other presentations covered issues such as ballast water management system retrofit for existing vessels and an overview on ballast water treatment by Greg Hughes.