Technological innovation and the global introduction of alternative fuels and/or energy sources for international shipping will be integral to achieve the ambition set out in the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships.
To take stock of ongoing initiatives, the 2021 IMO Symposium on alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels for shipping was held virtually in English only on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 and Wednesday, 10 February 2021, with daily sessions from 11:00 to 14:00 UTC.
The symposium presented state-of-the art research and innovation, discussed the advancement of alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels in international shipping, and looked at initiatives to promote the availability, affordability and uptake of future marine fuels.
The symposium has now concluded and you can watch or rewatch it here: For day one click here and day two here.
Programme and presentations
The agenda is below or can be downloaded
Speakers bios can be downloaded here: Bios of speakers.
Day 1 Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 11.00 – 14.00 UTC
11.00 Introduction and opening remarks
Opening remarks by Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO
11.15 Introduction of the Symposium by moderator, Mr Sveinung Oftedal (Norway – Chair of ISWG-GHG)
11.20 Block 1: Using alternative sustainable fuels. Lessons-learnt from alternative fuel use by shipowners
Mr. Xavier Leclercq, Director CMA Ships, CMA-CGM - Challenges faced and lessons-learnt on operating LNG-fuelled containerships
Mr. Paul Hexter, President, Waterfront Shipping Company - Experience from operating tankers on methanol
Mr. Cyril Ducau, CEO, Eastern Pacific Shipping - Testing biofuels on commercial maritime routes
Mr. Toshi Nakamura, General Manager, Green Business Group, NYK Line Green Business Group - Expectations from a shipowner on using ammonia as marine fuel for zero-emission ships
Mr. Simon Bergulf, Director of Regulatory Affairs for A.P. MØLLER – MAERSK - Decarbonization of shipping: new fuels, new regulatory framework, new reality around the corner
12.20 Q&A session
12.40 Block 2: Building alternative fuel-ready ships. State-of-play in shipyards, ship designers and technology providers
Mr. Peng Guisheng, Senior Engineer, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC), China - Ammonia-fuelled 23,000 TEU ultra-large container ship concept design
Dr. Junkeon Ahn, Korea Maritime Transportation Safety Authority - A Korean perspective: 2030 Green Ship-K Initiative
Mr. Takeo Akamatsu, Deputy General Manager, Marine Department, ITOCHU Corporation, Japan Integrated Project for Development of NH3 Fuel Ship with Fuel Supply Chain
Mr. Ralf Oldenburg, head of EUROMOT delegation at IMO - EUROMOT - Building future-proof marine engines
Mr. Gavin Allwright, Secretary-General of the International Windship Association (IWSA) - Uptake and Market Development of Wind Propulsion Technologies: A Hybrid Solution
14.00 Close of the session
Day 2 Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 11.00 – 14.00 UTC
11.00 Block 3: Providing alternative fuels; building the supply-chain and required infrastructure. State-of-play of preparing for use of alternative fuels in the wider maritime industry
Mr. Peter Alkema, port of Amsterdam, Chair of the IAPH Working Group on Clean Marine Fuels - Lessons-learnt from LNG bunkering for bio-LNG and other alternative fuels
Ms. Linda Hammer, DNV-GL - Transition to zero emission solutions for shipping in Norway
Dr. Sotirios Mamalis, ABS - Hydrogen as Marine Fuel - Infrastructure and Fuel Supply Challenges
Mr. Daryl Wilson, Executive Director, Hydrogen Council - State of play, prospects, and barriers for hydrogen as a marine fuel
Dr. Bryan Comer, International Council on Clean Transportation (Pacific Environment) - Providing alternative marine fuels: Supply-chain sustainability considerations, required infrastructure, and how IMO can help
12.05 Q&A session
12.25 Block 4: Prospects for alternative sustainable fuels. Research & Development and demonstration projects, including involvement / opportunities for countries in the production and utilization of alternative sustainable marine fuels
Mr. Jesse Fahnestock, Getting to Zero Coalition Mapping of zero emission pilots and demonstration projects
Pr. Roberto Schaeffer, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Case study: prospects for alternative marine fuel production in Brazil
Mr. Benjamín Maluenda–Philippi, Head of Unit for New Energy Carriers, Division for Fuels and Energy Carriers, Ministry of Energy, Chile - The National Green Hydrogen Strategy of Chile
Dr. Jasmine Lam, Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development (MESD) Centre of Excellence, Singapore Will alternative fuels be ready for shipping to meet its GHG target in 2050?
Ms. Morna Cannon, Acting Deputy Director at Department for Transport (DfT), Mr. Ashley Stehr and Mr. Gwilym Stone from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) - Zero-carbon fuels in the UK Clean Maritime Plan
13.30 Q&A session
13.50 Summary and conclusion of the Symposium
14.00 Close of the session and of the Symposium