Craig Carter has been involved in the promotion of non-polluting bearings for the marine, clean power generation and offshore industries since 1996.
Currently, Mr. Carter is the Director of Marketing and Customer Service with Thordon Bearings, a manufacturer of a complete range of zero pollution propeller shaft, rudder and shaftline products for the global marine market.
He has been involved with Transport Canada’s presentation at MEPC58 and has presented to the IMO at DE56 regarding solutions to eliminate operational discharges from ships.
Prior to Thordon Bearings, he was involved with international marketing at Acadian Seaplants Ltd., a manufacturer of seaweed plant biostimulants, natural fertilizers and edible seaweeds based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University and an MBA from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
Ship owners who are thinking about building ships for the future need to consider a bunch of operational issues. Exhaust emissions, marine invasive species (ballast water, hull coating), marine wildlife and vessel interactions (noise, ship mammal strikes), waste discharges and oil pollution.
If trading global, you need to be aware of the different marine legislation – both current and future - especially in North America, Europe and polar regions.
For example, The European Union Directive on "Ship Source Pollution" [EU/2005/35] claimed "that member states shall take the necessary measures to achieve or maintain good environmental status in the marine environment by the year 2020 at the latest" while the OSPAR Commission called to "move towards the target of cessation of discharges, emissions and losses of hazardous substances by the year 2020."
Concerns relating to the prevention and reduction of pollution from ships are continuing to grow within the European Union, the international maritime community and among the general public, and they will likely continue to do so in the future.
It's a tough job, but it looks as though the time to start thinking about being future compliant is now.