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Portrait of Daniel Tabernero, new Green Marine Europe verifier

April 9, 2024

Green Marine Europe completes its verifiers’ team with four recruits. There are now seven verifiers accompanying the certification process of our participants, proof of the ever-increasing enthusiasm for our approach in favor of the greening of the European maritime industry.

Today, let’s meet Daniel TABERNERO, Goodwinds Marine Technical Manager. 

What is your current career and profession?

I am a marine engineer. I am currently working as Head of the Engineering department in a Yacht refit yard. I also co-run an Inspection company doing flag and MLC inspections, ISM/ISPS audits, and other kinds of consultancy services.

I am very passionate about ships, all types, sizes, and purposes. I’ve been sailing since I was a teenager, and I am a sport diver. I started my career in 1999 as an AB seaman. After finishing my degree, I continued sailing as an apprentice engineer until I reached the position of second engineer. Later, I moved ashore, always working for the maritime industry.

I made my passion my profession.

What motivated you to join Green Marine Europe as a verifier?

I firmly believe the shipping industry needs a certification like Green Marine Europe. Indeed, it’s the only one in the market that has a commitment to the whole cycle (emissions, garbage, aquatic invasive species, noise, waste, oily discharge).

Green Marine Europe is one of the most complete and ambitious programs regarding national, European, and even international regulations. Its approach to anticipating these regulations is particularly dynamic for players in the European maritime industry.

I am convinced that this program will attract growing support from the European maritime community and that it will soon attract more participants and members.

Which Green Marine Europe indicator would you say is the most emblematic of its continuous improvement approach?

The program is very complete and there are several indicators and that I'd like to work on, with a view to continuous improvement: underwater noise and ship recycling. These are perhaps the most difficult to achieve.

At present, we have the technology to reduce emissions, even oil discharge. However, underwater noise reductions still need to be improved.

Ship recycling is another indicator representing a real challenge, as we still need to improve recycling facilities worldwide.

What do you see as the greatest challenge of maritime transport?

My experience says that the most significant challenge for maritime transport is the real willingness to drive change.

The technology is there. However, the balance between the commercial aspect and this desire for transformation is still enormous. We need a firm commitment from all the players on the priority of giving the next generation the concrete means to act on global warming. The aim is to live in harmony with our planet.