I was in Estoril outside Lisbon in Portugal this week, on the 2012 Short Sea Shipping conference, to present an article on possible challenges for short sea shipping companies when addressing energy efficiency based on the research we do. A splendid conference at very nice venue, with plenty of discussions on mitigating environmental impacts of shipping.
It does take quite some time from writing to publishing research – I believe the abstract of the article was sent in in July last year. But it seems we’re gaining speed now. If all goes well, another three articles will be ready this year: on an energy management audit in one of the companies of the project; on the relation between the SEEMP, the ISM Code and ISO 50001; and a deeper look into the potential for greater port efficiency as an opportunity for shipping companies to reduce speed and thus increase energy efficiency.