Conference Program


Madadh MacLaine
Founder and Secretary General
Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association

How does hybridisation support adoption of new fuels?

Uwe Heine
Chief technologist
Wärtsilä Marine
New fuels, such as ammonia and methanol are on the rise, but they will cost more and require specialised storage and delivery systems whilst having a lower power density than traditional fuel. This presentation will explain how hybridisation supports the transition to future fuels including - improving load management and efficiency to save fuel.

Developing a 375kW power density, marine hydrogen fuel cell module

Trevor Downes
Project chief engineer
Ricardo Automotive & Industrial
This presentation will describe the development and testing of a modular, marine-certifiable, 375kW, multi-stack fuel cell system that can be integrated into a multi-MW power system. The development is part of the 'sustainable HYdrogen powered Shipping' (sHYpS) project. The prototype modules will have been built by June 2024 and will be undergoing development testing. This presentation will provide an update on the progress of the fuel cell system development, highlighting some of the key innovations and challenges overcome with a view to future applications and markets.

Using current oil infrastructure for hydrogen storage

Thorbjørn Hareide
Business development manager
Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime
Liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) are organic compounds that can absorb and release hydrogen through chemical reactions. These compounds serve as storage media for hydrogen. LOHC technology therefore adds a new way of handling hydrogen on board ships. Instead of using compressed or liquid hydrogen, hydrogen is chemically bound to a carrier oil. This oil can be used to store and transport large amounts of hydrogen safely within existing fossil fuel infrastructure. With our ongoing projects we aim to develop a commercial LOHC power system that can utilize hydrogen as a power source on board ships in the safest way possible.

Hydrogen on board – ship safety in light of regulatory aspects

Marek Narewski
Principal specialist
Polish Register of Shipping
This presentation provides a review of actual regulation for the application of hydrogen as an alternative shipping fuel. Current work at IMO and IACS is briefly outlined. Available guidance and rules are commented upon bearing in mind various types of ships and propulsion concepts. The potential influence of hybrid propulsion solutions on ship design and the related risks are reviewed.

A techno-economic assessment of a wind-assisted propulsion solution for a bulker

John Buckingham
Chief mechanical engineer
There has been a significant growth in the uptake of Wind-Assisted Propulsion (WAP) to address the challenge of the IMO’s CII targets. Interest in energy saving technologies (EST) such as WAP will grow as the CII targets become more stringent. The cost of alternative fuels remains high and there are constant commercial pressures to keep operating costs down. A Techno-Economic Assessment (TEA) of the ship fit of a WAP solution to a bulker is presented. It identifies the key cost items and shows how future carbon taxes may help with making the balance tilt to a more economically attractive solution.

Decarbonizing heavy-duty shipping: fuel cell solutions and renewable methanol circularity

Dr Manfred Stefener
Managing director
Freudenberg e-Power Systems
This presentation will provide an overview of the distribution of fuels in current ship building. Using the Pa-X-ell2 research project for reference, it proposes that pure hydrogen as an energy storage solution is not viable for most maritime segments looking at volumetric energy density and fuel handling as key criteria, and argues instead for a renewable methanol circular economy with on-board fuel reformation.


Roland Teixeira de Mattos
European Onshore Power Supply Association EOPSA

Project ZEPHR – Zero-Emission Ports Hydrogen Refuelling

Tim Munn
Managing director
Marine Zero
This presentation is by the consortium partners of Project ZEPHR and will describe the project, which is funded through the UK government's ZEVI (Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure) competition. The project encompasses the design, manufacture and operation of a green-hydrogen-fueled uncrewed surface vessel (USV), to be operated on the River Thames in London, and includes local green hydrogen production and storage.

Port electrification – MW MCS charger for the Port of Amsterdam

Kaushik Jadhao
Port electrification manager
Shell Marine
This presentation will describe the installation of the world's first dual-purpose MW charger with MCS connector in Amsterdam at the end of Q1 2024. This is a game-changer for inland shipping as this technology provides fast on-the-go charging capabilities. This will also provide additional flexibility to the battery-swapping barges. With its dual purpose, it will also serve as a high-utilization charger for terminals along the inland waterways where they serve customers from both modes.

Clean shipping strategies and vision of the Port of Amsterdam

Jan Egbertsen
Manager - strategy and innovation
Port of Amsterdam
This presentation will outline the strategy and vision of a port authority in the development of clean shipping and ask what role a port authority can play. Relevant topics are OPS, the development of bunker facilities for bio- and e-fuels, and how, as a port authority, you get your own fleet to zero emissions.

MAREN – Nordic collaboration for MARitime ENergy transition

Jón Björn Skulason
General manager
Icelandic New Energy Ltd
Funded by Nordic Innovation, the MAREN project has brought leading industry partners and Nordic research institutions together to accelerate maritime decarbonization. The project's overall objective involves delivering practical tools for maritime energy transition, and it addresses the need for coordinated action across borders and industries in the region. By creating a Nordic maritime energy program for knowledge-sharing on new insights into sustainable energy in addition to a digital platform for cross-industrial innovation, project partners have outlined a Nordic strategy for maritime energy transition. This presentation focuses on key deliverables and findings, highlighting Nordic strongholds and leadership.

Accelerating the shore power rollout

Tiemo Arkesteijn
Rotterdam Shore Power
This presentation will describe how a full-service provider approach can assist port authorities in accelerating their shore power rollout. It will offer a dynamic joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and Eneco as a case study of how this approach can work.

Operational characteristics and requirements for a four-tug shore-base terminal

Marinus Jansen
Global marine technology steward
Caterpillar Inc
This presentation will share a case study on an archetypical four-tug shore-base terminal, focusing on the operational characteristics and requirements of such a marine operation and how that interfaces with the port infrastructure.