Climate Change Impacting Seas and Ports, Experts Call for Action

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World Maritime Day is a focal point for issues confronting the shipping industry and commerce between nations. In New York City tomorrow top experts such as DNV's Dr. Mark Trexler gather to assess the state of the industry and develop new ideas for addressing the impact of climate change on ports and shipping.

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The shipping industry is the 800 pound gorilla in world commerce

The United States is honored to host the 2009 International Maritime Organization (IMO) World Maritime Day Parallel Event. The IMO and stakeholders throughout the shipping, port management and environmental industries have identified climate change as the defining issue for this year's World Maritime Day Parallel Event.

Speakers and delegates will represent the IMO, the international and national maritime communities, the public, the media and students from grammar school through university. Experts from the US and other nations will gather Friday in New York City to discuss the impact of climate change on the world's shipping industry which accounts for 90 percent of the transport of goods in the global economy.

Dr. Mark Trexler, director of climate markets and strategies for DNV, a world leader in both maritime certifications and climate risk management, will deliver remarks calling for more rapid action within the maritime industry to mitigate climate change.

"The shipping industry is the 800 pound gorilla in world commerce," says Dr. Trexler. "As such, it can dramatically influence the path we take in addressing climate change. There is already a tremendous 'green' movement in terms of more efficient ships and fuels. We're hoping that World Maritime Day will galvanize even more comprehensive action in reducing carbon output and demonstrating a leadership standard for other industries to follow."

According to Dr. Trexler, the maritime industry - compared to other methods of transport - is already in the driver's seat when it comes to being energy efficient and climate friendly.

"Maritime will do well in a carbon constrained world, because it consumes a third the energy, per ton mile, of land-based transport, and one-twentieth the energy of air-based transport," says Dr. Trexler. "The key is to convert these inherent advantages into a sustainable game plan to manage climate risk. The magnitude of these risks and the need for action cannot be understated."

For more information on the World Maritime Day Parallel Event in New York, visit http://www.worldmaritimedayna.org. For more information on DNV climate change services, visit http://www.dnv.com.

About DNV

DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is an independent foundation founded in 1864 whose purpose is the safeguarding of life, property, and the environment. With global headquarters in Oslo, Norway, DNV has approximately 300 offices in 100 countries with 9,000 employees. DNV's Climate Change Services group has US offices in Houston, Portland and San Francisco.

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