One day National workshop on Marpol and Dry Docking on the eve of retirement functions of Prof.PVJ MOHANA RAO at the Department of Marine Engineering, Andhra University, under the guidance of Prof. V.V.S. Prasad (Head of the Department, convener of this workshop). The chief guest of the event was Rear Admiral K.SRINIVAS, NM, VSM, Project Director, ship Build centre, Visakhapatnam.

We also had P.srinivasa Rao, Principal, AUCE (A), Prof.PVJ MOHANA RAO and Shri C.SREE RAMA MURTHY, President, Institute of Marine Engineers, Visakhapatnam chapter.  Dr. Bh. Nagesh,  G.V.V. Pavan Kumar & Shri Gopala Rao spoke under the occasion.

PROF V V S Prasad  spoke on  the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes. The objective of this convention is to preserve the marine environment in an attempt to completely eliminate pollution by oil and other harmful substances and to minimize accidental spillage of such substances.

Rear Admiral K.SRINIVAS spoke on the needs of dry-docking in present day and improvements needed for the dry docks in India, better ways of hull preparation and pollution standards needed inn hull preparation.  Nickel, Bronze, Aluminum are preferable than steel. Pollution standards are 15% now and will be reduced to 5% by 2020.  Such seminars should be conducted to create awareness among people. As a chemical researcher, he has put forward his thoughts on the use of water as a fuel for future. He also elaborated on the feasibility of making alternative fuels available to consumers.

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