Conference Program

Day 2: Wednesday, June 26

Case Studies and Applications
08:50 - 13:00


John Haynes
Managing director
Shock Mitigation


Electrifying waste-collection boats in Venice

Dr Angelo Bovo
Technical manager
Veritas SpA
The presentation discusses the design of two electrically powered waste-collection boats as part of two pilot projects preliminary to wide adoption to replace the present diesel-powered fleet servicing Venice. Two alternative engine concepts have been developed: a hybrid biodiesel-electric drive and a full-electric one, built around a fuel cell. The rationale of the whole project is the environmental issue, in terms of noise and emission reduction and also minimization of the inboard fluids that can potentially evolve into a leakage. The designs can be transferred to other vessels servicing Venice as well as other water sites.


Sustainability on the Amsterdam water

Laurens van Mourik
Project manager - sailing department
City of Amsterdam (Gemeente Amsterdam)
The presentation will provide an introduction to the city of Amsterdam, and the projects and pilots currently underway there. It will also outline the city's goals for 2025 and how we are going to reach them.


New fully electric passenger ferry for Wellington, New Zealand

Jeremy Ward
Managing director
East By West Ferries & Wellington Electric Boat Building Co Ltd (WEBB)
The Wellington Electric Boat Building Company (WEBB Co) is a newly established company focused on designing and building a new product, a first for the Southern Hemisphere: a 100% electric, 135-passenger, 20-knot ferry for launch by Christmas 2019. WEBB is a subsidiary of East By West Ferries, which is commissioning this vessel to augment its existing two-ferry operation. The company draws on existing New Zealand experience in designing, developing and manufacturing highly energy-efficient carbon-fiber catamaran hulls to which it will add electric drivetrain technology currently in use in the Northern Hemisphere.


Case study: Hurtigruten goes green

Harald Olai Myrlund
Technical product manager
Expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten is perceived as the world’s greenest cruise line, and several of the company’s ships are scheduled for major environmental upgrades. Converting from diesel to hybrid power systems – with new LNG engines running on a combination of LNG and biogas (LBG), combined with batteries and shore power connections – Hurtigruten is one step closer to its ultimate goal: operating completely emission free. The presentation will outline the process of converting the vessels to hybrid power systems. It will show how the vessels achieve an optimized power and propulsion system, and significantly reduce emissions.

10:30 - 11:00



Evaluation of the first all-electric medium-range ro-ro ferry

Annie Kortsari
Research associate
E-Ferry is the first all-electric passenger and vehicle ferry able to sail longer distances than existing electric ferries (up to 21 nautical miles). It has been constructed using funding from the Horizon 2020 program and will soon be put into operation in Denmark, connecting the island of Aero to the mainland. The presentation will deal with the evaluation methodology followed in order to assess the accomplishments of the E-Ferry. The evaluation includes four different aspects: technical evaluation, environmental evaluation, economic evaluation and societal evaluation. In addition to the methodology, the initial results will be presented.


German hydrogen- and battery-powered pushing barge

Kilian Hoffmann
International account manager
EST-Floattech BV
A consortium of companies is building the first German hydrogen- and battery-powered pushing barge, which will transport Siemens gas turbines from Berlin to Hamburg. The ELEKTRA anticipates the desire to make all Berlin's transport zero emission by 2050. Because the harbor basins lie directly adjacent to residential areas, noise is also a major issue: electric motors generate 70% less noise than the current diesel engines. The project also includes the challenge of providing a bunkering infrastructure.


Hybrids for commercial barges

Graeme Hawksley
Managing director
Hybrid Marine Ltd UK
Dr Laurie Wright
Southampton Solent University
Marine hybrid systems continue to find compelling applications in the commercial market. This presentation will detail a fleet of barges, the first of which came into service in spring 2018. Operating in central France, these 38m vessels provide scenic tours for 50 passengers. Operating from the battery bank alone, these craft provide a full day's operation in complete silence. Initially installed with a parallel/serial hybrid system, a pathway to eliminating diesel engines will be provided once shoreside charging infrastructure is better developed. The first vessel, Natalia, has been awarded the British Guild of Travel Writers award for best European project. Detailed system design and operating experience will be presented.


Concept design and engineering for the world’s first pure-electric tanker

Tomoaki Ichida
General manager
Asahi Tanker Co Ltd
Asahi Tanker Co Ltd, with its partner Exeno Yamamizu Corporation Tokyo, has jointly developed a new domestic shipping tanker design that incorporates zero-emission electric propulsion. Commercial model development of the e5 design is underway for all bunker supply vessels trading in Tokyo Bay. The first vessel launch is set for the first half of 2021. The project is also working to create e5 coastal vessels, which would require a longer cruising range. The e5 concept creates solutions to issues such as shortage of crews, vessel demand balance and environmental regulation, thus contributing to the sustainability of the domestic shipping industry.


Case study of the first implementation of a modular serialized hybrid system

Tobias Kohl
Senior manager yacht applications
MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH
Electrification of propulsion has become one of the most common discussions in the marine industry. The main success factors are the comfort and performance of vessels, but also an optimized operation of conventional diesel engines. A main challenge is the development of a well-balanced and optimally sized installation. With the implementation of a hybrid system, the conventional separation between propulsion and onboard power generation is no longer valid, as both systems form an integrated power distribution network. Optimization of a complex power network in combination with an easy operation concept, including a user-friendly HMI, is of major importance.

13:05 - 14:20


Port Technology as a Driver of Marine Electrification
14:20 - 17:30


John Haynes
Managing director
Shock Mitigation


Shore-to-ship power and port electrification: paving the way to zero-emission terminals

Roberto Bernacchi
Product manager - shore-to-ship power and smart ports global
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has clearly recognized that reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is key to avoiding negative impacts on climate coming from the shipping sector. Elsewhere, the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) has confirmed that air quality in ports is priority number one. This is all paving the way for the development of the most efficient emission reduction technologies to be implemented on board and on shore. In this new scenario, electric and hybrid vessels are becoming reality, starting from short sea shipping routes where onboard batteries can be charged easily during port stopovers. While vessels are sailing toward a zero-emission future, ports are doing the same on land. Zero-emission terminals are now a reality, and the integration of e-mobility solutions into the port electrical grid means new technical challenges: how to make sure that, in addition to the standard electrical consumers – such as cranes, warehouses and buildings – electrical trucks, vehicles and vessels are receiving reliable power supply to achieve smooth 24/7 operation. ABB is a pioneer in sustainable solutions for electrification, and the ultimate goal of its shore-to-ship power and smart ports is to facilitate the transition of the port concept: from traditional (a place of transit of people and goods) to modern and sustainable (totally integrated with the surrounding community).


Electric ships: who's in charge?

Ruud van Sloten
Our triple-layered model for developing a sustainable charging network for e-ships requires that all aspects should be taken into account when forming an integral approach to transport, the grid and urban planning. Current characteristics and future objectives concerning all three layers need to be taken into account to secure an optimized strategy. The model is used to weigh the arguments of different stakeholders and to make informed decisions.


Inductive charging of ferries

Daniel Dörflinger
IPT Technology GmbH
Electric vessels are either equipped with large, heavy batteries to last through the day or are obliged to be plugged in during operation, resulting in downtime. Batteries take away space; cables and charge plugs face wear and tear. They are a hassle and a safety issue. However, electric vessels can be recharged inductively in a fully automated manner. Fewer batteries are needed; no heavy plugs and cables to handle. Wireless inductive charging is unaffected by rain or snowfall. The presentation gives an insight into the technology and its unique features, and refers to a successful project implementing an inductive charging system for an electric ferry.


Automated charging – challenges and solutions

Jim Andriotis
Head of innovation
Cavotec Group
There are clear benefits to charging electric vessels automatically when they approach a wharf. Yet the variety of vessels and wharf types poses a challenge for how to get the connector to the ship and keep it connected securely. This presentation will go through some applications, the customer problems faced, and how the solution was implemented to ensure these problems were solved.

16:00 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:30

Panel Discussion - Port technology as a driver for the electrification of shipping

Jan Egbertsen
Innovation manager
Port of Amsterdam
Dr Lucy Gilliam
Aviation & shipping campaigner
Transport & Environment
Roberto Bernacchi
Product manager - shore-to-ship power and smart ports global
Bert Witkamp
EAFO - European Alternative Fuels Observatory
Jim Andriotis
Head of innovation
Cavotec Group
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change



JUNE 2019