Technical Due Diligence
Awareness on the qualitative status of the object in commercial transactions particularly in relation to industrial objects is increasingly in demand. In collaboration with our partner networks, we offer to undertake Technical Due Diligence assessments consistent with the RICS Europe Best Practice and Guidance Note for Technical Due Diligence of Commercial, Industrial and Residential Property. Our focal area is industrial objects applied in maritime operations.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Mentum have long experience in developing strategies for protecting IP. We have also developed patents (IPR) both in conjunction with internal projects as well as for clients. We collaborate with international patent and trademark attorneys and can assist at any stage in the IP/ IPR process.
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Maritime Environmental Operations
Mentum have experiences from the development of maritime regulations and assessments of their effects on behalf of both NGO’s, Governments and Intergovernmental organisations. We have developed accompanying and/ or associated guidelines/ recommendations and compliance instruments for industry. We have also advised on environmental strategies, undertaken life cycle assessments and addressed technical and operational compliance options.
Ballast Water Management
Mentum have addressed the wide range of challenges arriving as a consequence of the introduction of the USCG Rule on Ballast Water Management and further the expected ratification and entry into force of the International Maritime Organizations (IMO) International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004. Our involvement on the issue of Ballast Water Management include:
Management of approval procedures:
- Under IMO G8 regime;
- Under IMO G9 regime;
- USCG Type Approval for Ballast Water Management systems including Alternate Management systems (AMS);
Selection of technology taking into account:
- Shipboard interface issues;
- Operational issues;
- CAPEX/ OPEX – costs in a life cycle perspective;
- Reliability in light of compliance;
- Qualification of supplier;
Technology impact assessments:
- Environment, Health and Safety;
- HAZID facilitation;
Mentum have developed Guidelines on Ship Recycling practices for intergovernmental bodies and NGO’s covering workplace safety as well as environmental protection. We have undertaken model studies for investors looking at opportunities in this market. We have also undertaken field studies at several ship recycling sites. Our work in this area also include studies on conceptual recycling facilities looking at the entire chain from preparing the vessel for decommissioning through to the manufacturing of end products such as high quality steel grades. We can assist states/ regulators, ship recycling yards as well as shipowners on all issues related to ship recycling including facilitation associated to the arising requirements of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (the Hong Kong Convention).
Emissions to Air
Mentum have worked on issues of emissions to air under MARPOL Annex VI. We have also assessed emission-trading schemes and methods of quantification and verification. Mentum can provide guidance in relation to regulatory developments including operations in ECA’s as well as to provide strategic recommendations related to NOx and SOx management.
Energy Efficiency Management
Increasing focus on the lagging of the maritime sector compared to industry in general with regards to emissions of greenhouse gases are now on top of the agenda among all leading shipowners. The introduction of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management plan (SEEMP) as mandatory instruments in designating “good from the bad” has generated a wide range of activities in the area of energy management. Mentum have assessed opportunities for alternative technologies and can assist in the development of energy management strategies.