The shipping industry has a major challenge, to decarbonise substantially over the coming decades with an initial target of at least 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050. That target will require many low carbon and zero-emission vessels entering the fleet no later than 2030 and a wide range of low carbon solutions being available to the industry over the next few years. Wind propulsion and other maritime renewables are a key component in that development and later this month leading experts, engineers, naval architects and project leaders in this field have the opportunity to come together in Paris to exchange knowledge and discuss the key issues facing the sector.
The 8th Natural Propulsion Seminar is part of the Blue Week, an independent, dedicated and free event where industry, academics and institutions come together to discuss the latest running R&D initiatives, regulations and projects relating to sustainable energy from, and on, the sea. It also serves as a platform to propose new joint industry projects. The event this year is hosted by ENGIE and organised by the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) in association with, Gican, the French Maritime Cluster and the International Windship Association (IWSA).
Guilhem Gaillarde, Business Unit Manager Ships at MARIN and chairman of the BlueForum stated, “We are happy to organise this new Blue Week in the home town of the climate agreement. Having ENGIE hosting the event at their headquarters in Paris is a very strong sign of the transition which is taking place at this moment in the energy sector. With this forum we aim at bringing together the actors that will move towards marine renewable energies and sustainable shipping and marine activities.” Regarding MARIN’s commitment to the event, he continued, “We welcome anybody within the maritime community, from industries to researchers, who live from and love the oceans and act truly for development of sustainable activities. Joining forces in collaborative projects is the most efficient way to make big steps in the shortest possible time. We hope the BlueWeek will facilitate the emergence of innovation and join projects to make our oceans and shipping sustainable within our generation.”
Since its inception in 2012, the Natural Propulsion Seminar has grown to become a highlight in the ship design, marine engineering and maritime renewable energy calendar.
Rogier Eggers, MARIN Project Manager and chairman of the Natural Propulsion Seminar at Blue Week states: “This year we again have a very strong program. Wind (Assisted) Ship Propulsion is strongly represented in the first half of the day, with (other) Zero Emission technologies making up the remainder. We see more and more projects being implemented on sailing vessels. All the key players in those projects are speaking at Blue Week and naturally, being in France, we have a strong local representation. Finally, I would like to see that we still have limited possibilities for presenting pitches for new collaborative projects.”
This year’s seminar will include presentations from a wide range of wind propulsion and zero-emission technology providers including; Airseas, Anemoi Marine Technologies, AutoNaut, Crain Technologies, Eco-flettner, Energy Observer, Mathis Ruhl NA, Neoline, Wallenius Marine and Zephir et Boree. These will be complemented by research and policy papers from TU Delft with a comprehensive model for wind-assisted ships, MARIN on testing methods for manoeuvring & seakeeping with wind-assisted propulsion in real wind and Transport & Environment with a roadmap to decarbonising European Shipping.
Blue Week will also feature Joint Industry Project meetings, program pitches and host the International Windship Association annual general meeting, Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary General said: “We are delighted to once again hold our AGM at Blue Week, the gathering of so many innovators, technology pioneers and market leaders is an inspiration to our members and our association. IWSA has also been very pleased to work with the MARIN team again this year to deliver this increasingly impactful seminar.”
The 8th Natural Propulsion Seminar will be held on Wednesday May 29th as part of Blue Week, at La Defense, Paris, France. Registration is free of charge, however space is limited.
For additional information and registration visit: http://www.blueforum.org/?event=2019-blueweek-27-28-29-may-paris-registration-2