Steve is Ecochlor’s CEO. Ecochlor provides ballast water treatment using Chlorine Dioxide. Steve is also Foresea’s CEO. Foresea provides advisory services including strategic planning, and regulatory compliance to the maritime and environmental communities. Steve is a recognized expert on oil spill and ballast water regulatory issues. He is frequently interviewed and quoted on various media such as MSNBC, Maritime TV, CBC, Marine News and Maritime Reporter. Prior to his current positions, Steve was CEO of NRC. During his career with NRC he grew the business from a start up to a leading global environmental services firm. Steve also served as NRC’s VP and General Counsel at which time his duties included sales and marketing, client services, administration and legal. He has extensive experience with Ballast Water Management regulations. Steve was an attorney with Haight Gardner where he specialized in maritime and environmental law. Steve has also served as a marine engineer aboard Exxon’s domestic tanker fleet. Steve is a graduate of Hofstra Law and the US Merchant Marine Academy. Steve is a past President of the Spill Control Association of American. Steve is a member of the Boards of Directors of Ecochlor, Foresea, PNE, Tanknology and BEMA.
Rasmus Folsø has served as CEO of DESMI Ocean Guard A/S since 1st of December 2011. Prior to this Rasmus was a member of the Board of DESMI Ocean Guard A/S, from 2009 to December 2011. Before joining DESMI Ocean Guard Rasmus worked as Head of Strategic R&D in Maersk Maritime Technology, and before that held various positions at the Italian classification society RINA. With more than 10 years of experience from the ballast water treatment industry combined with long experience from a shipowner company and a class society, Rasmus Folsø possesses experience that
can be very valuable to BEMA. In particular BEMA’s role towards IMO is a top priority and Rasmus knows IMO from the inside, having participated in many MEPC and other meetings as a delegate of Denmark, but has also represented IACS
while working for RINA. Rasmus was an active contributor to the revised G8 guidelines, IMO’s list of approved methods for determining viability and a proposal for a revised IMO scaling procedure. Rasmus holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in naval architecture from the Technical University of Denmark.
Knutsen Ballast Water (2017 – currently),
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers Chartering and Operations), Equinor Rig move operations,
Inocean Engineering AS Naval Architect
Education University of Navarra – IESE Business School MBA, University of Southampton MEng Ship Science – Naval Architecture
Belships, Knutsen Ballast Water AS,
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers, Sintef
Ocean, Norges Rederi forbund - Nomination committee
Mr. Lu Kechao, senior engineer, an MBA of Renmin University of China. He joined Headway Technology Group in 2008, and now he is the technical manager, and head of 3D scanning, design and engineering dept. for BWMS. Mr. Lu Kechao started from the R&D department in Headway, and later led the design and optimization of OceanGuard® BWMS. He was involved in the whole process of IMO certification, the land based test and shipboard test approved by classification societies, USCG land based test and shipboard test of OceanGuard® BWMS. Mr. Lu has rich experience in analysis of the laws and regulations and the practical application cases of BWMS. Mr. Lu has been the keynote speaker in training camps held by Headway and many global forums. He has designed and completed many representative retrofitting schemes of OceanGuard® BWMS, and knows other BWMS technologies as well.
Mark is the Head of Marine for Filtersafe. He previously served as Senior Market Manager for Hyde Marine and worked as Fleet Manager, Class Surveyor, and Port Engineer. He served as President of the inaugural Board for BEMA. Mark has a bachelors’ in Marine Engineering and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
He lives with his family in Mars, PA.
Birgir Nilsen has a Master of Business and Marketing degree from Oslo Business School in Norway. Birgir joined OptiMarin AS in May 2000 and have worked with Halvor Nilsen to develop the OptiMarin Ballast System and OptiMarin AS into a commercial enterprise in the emerging market for ballast water treatment. Birgir has been a delegate to the Norwegian delegation at IMO - MEPC since MEPC 47 in July 2001 working in the Ballast Water Working Group.
Efi started her journey in Environmental Engineering in 1998. Wastewater treatment and management "enslave" her interests. Through her PhD she was introduced to the problem of Invasive Species. She is the first academic in Greece with specialization in Ballast Water and joined ERMA FIRST in early 2010. From the beginning of her career in the marine industry she was focused on Research and Development and certification of the systems. She acts as the Chief Scientific Officer of the company with main responsibility of the certification process, applying all relevant international regulations, business development worldwide and environmental compliance, safety and marine preservation. Her latest project was the USCG Type Approval Certificate.
Matt Granitto, BSEE, MBA, is currently the Managing Director for De Nora Marine Technologies LLC, manufacturer of the BalPure BWTS and headquartered in the US. Matt’s career in ballast water dates to 2003 when he was involved in the design and installation of one of the very first commercially available BWT systems. Since that time, he has held various managerial roles in product development, business development, sales and marketing as well as the top leadership position in various BWTS manufacturing companies. Matt successfully led his first company to achieving one of the first IMO type approvals back in 2008 as well as gaining the first acceptance into the USCG STEP program. His career has spanned both major BWT technologies, namely UV and electro-chlorination. Matt is a veteran of the regulatory environment both at the USCG and IMO levels. He is based in the US but can be found at most of the BWT conferences and tradeshows worldwide.
Chris studied Marine Engineering Systems at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and earned his MBA from Purdue University. He began his career as a design engineer at Electric Boat for the Virginia Class submarine, then moved to Caterpillar Marine in various technical and sales roles spanning ten years including seven years serving the European market. After managing the marine division at Kohler Power Systems for four years, Chris became Sales Director for Hyde Marine which specializes in the manufacture of UV technology for the disinfection of ballast water. He was elected to the Board of Directors of CoGo’s Corporation in 2015, and is a co-founder of Heartfest, Inc. that raises funding for research initiatives related to Congenital Heart Defects. Chris was promoted to Executive Director for Calgon Carbon UV Technologies in 2016, which unites the municipal UV disinfection business for drinking and wastewater together with Hyde Marine’s ballast water treatment business.