Green Drinks: Ballast Water Management and Marine Bio-Invasion

This month, we look at ballast water management and how marine bio-invasion can occur in the process of shipping goods. We start with a talk by Ray Huang of PACT, titled “Out of the box ideas to tackle the ballast water conundrum”, followed by a panel discussion. Our panellists include Dr Guillaume Drillet of DHI, Tim Wilkins of Intertanko, and Cynthia Wong, a marine ecologist, and Ray Huang of PACT, and the session will be moderated by Adeline Seah of Biodiversity Connections.

Big thanks to Young NTUC for sponsoring our venue!

Date: 30 September (Wednesday) 2015
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: NTUC Building, Room 903 (Level 9), One Marina Boulevard
Admission: Free
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

About the speaker and panellists

Ray Huang
Ray Huang has over 10 years of experience in project & process systems design & execution worldwide, across various disciplines of Chemicals, Maritime, Offshore, Water, Energy & Environment. He is currently Business Development Director (Engineering Applications) of PACT Environmental Technology Co. Ltd, a majority-owned subsidiary of EuroTech Holdings (NASDAQ: CLWT), where he is responsible for opportunity & project development in new markets such as maritime and offshore water treatment (under PACT MARINE), unconventional fossil energy and waste-to-energy associated water treatment.

Previously, Ray has been Engineering Manager & Asia-Pacific Technical Lead of LiqTech International Inc. (NYSE: LIQT), R&D Scientist & Project Manager of Siemens (FWB: SIE), OMEGA Project (California Energy Commission, NASA & Google-funded) Team member, Co-founder of Nanobrane (2009 Fast Company’s 5 CleanTech Open startups to watch out for), Project Manager & Design Engineer of MapleLeaf Environmental Equipment (Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies 2007-Present). In all these prior positions, he was primarily involved in the development, design, build, validation of a wide variety of innovative process systems and products, from biotechnology (biomedical, energy, protein production etc), fossil resource extraction or upgrading (IOR/EOR/Shale/CSG/CTX). The commonality in these prior positions has been the innovative & practical application of new membrane & water technologies to enhance & optimize the performance of said processes & products.

Ray is currently serving as a reviewer for Journal of Energy Policy, in areas of next generation resources & unconventional O&G; and as external advisor, consultant & ambassador for various organizations including that of OMEGA Global Initiative, Asia Renewables, Greenpower Fuels, Ground-Up Initiative & Mizuchi Process Technologies. He has masters & honours degrees in chemical engineering, management & laws from McMaster University, Canada and the University of London, UK respectively. He is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Singapore & Project Management Institute (PMI), and currently holds PM@Siemens, Project Management Professional (PMP®) & PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) global certifications, having worked in various technical teams in a variety of roles across North America, Europe & Asia.

Guillaume Drillet
Dr Guillaume Drillet has 15 years of experience working within the field of aquatic ecology in the public and private sectors. Dr Drillet holds a Master degree on management of coastal resources in Normandy (France). Expatriated for 15 years, Dr Drillet participated in many national and international research projects on plankton ecology and physiology in Denmark, France, Scotland, Singapore, Taiwan, Slovakia and in the USA. He took a PhD funded by the European Network of Excellence (Eur-oceans) and the graduate school of stress studies in Denmark. In 2011, Dr Drillet received a Young Elite Scientist Award from the Danish Ministry of Independent research.

Dr Drillet is based in Singapore for the last 5 years and work at DHI Water and Environment where he supported the development of the Ballast Water Technology and Innovation Center as well as the DHI Environmental Laboratories. Today, Dr Drillet is section head of a team dealing with ecological processes, ballast water issues and aquaculture. He is coordinating two discussions on the effects of temperature as well as well as the use of Standard Test Organisms (STO) for the MEPC Correspondence Group working on the revision of the G8 guidelines of the BWM convention.

Tim Wilkins
Tim Wilkins manages INTERTANKO’s Asia representative office in Singapore. He is also responsible for the Association’s major issues in the region, as well as specific key issues worldwide.

As Regional Manager Asia-Pacific, Tim’s role is to liaise directly with the Association’s regional members, providing them with the latest information, and obtaining their feedback, on key issues being covered by the Association at an international level. As Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Asian Panel, which brings regional members together twice a year, Tim manages the regional matters impacting the tanker industry which have been raised by members located and operating from within the region, from piracy and armed robbery to bunker quality and safety of navigation, bringing these issues to the attention of members worldwide. Tim is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with all relevant Governmental and inter-Governmental authorities as well as industry bodies in Asia.

As Senior Manager – Environment, Tim has been responsible for coordinating and managing INTERTANKO’s global environmental agenda for over 15 years. His expertise in this area derives from his Honours Degree in Marine Biology as well as a post graduate Masters in Marine Resource Management. He heads up INTERTANKO’s strategy and projects on key tanker industry issues including ballast water management, waste management, antifouling, biofouling and ship recycling. As Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Environmental Committee he is tasked with representing the tanker industry in its liaison with environmental organisations, national governmental organisations and international organisations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Tim joined INTERTANKO in early 1999 in London, where he gained considerable technical and political experience representing the tanker industry at the IMO and within the EU in Brussels. He has held a wide range of positions within the Association including Regional Manager for Greece, Italy and Cyprus; Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee; and, Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel.

Tim moved to Asia for INTERTANKO in 2006. He currently resides in Singapore with his wife and two young sons.

Cynthia Wong
Cynthia is a marine ecologist who had been studying the effects of climate change on the ecology of littorinids for the past 10 years. Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer at James Cook University, Singapore, teaching sustainability and an Associate lecturer at Temasek polytechnic, teaching aquaculture.

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    Founded in November 2007, Green Drinks Singapore is one of more than 800 cities with a Green Drinks presence.

  • We are a non-profit environmental movement that connects academia, green businesses, activists, community and government, for knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities. We do this by organising informal talks every last Thursday of the month, over drinks! Once in a while, we hold discussions, documentary screenings and workshops to further engage the public and participants.
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