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Marine Energy Transition Forum • Antwerp

Conference Programme

The Port House, the Port of Antwerp – Friday, 22 March 2019

Standard Conference Price: €250 (£227)

Early Bird* Conference Price: €195 (£170)


*Early Bird ends 1 March 2019



Companies speaking at the Forum include:

  • ABC Engines
  • Damen
  • Fluxys
  • GoodFuels
  • Jan de Nul
  • Zero Emissions Maritime Technology
  • WinGD
  • Yara

Introduction/keynote speech

The IMO’s ambitious 2050 target for GHG emission reductions has set shipping on a course towards a zero-emission future. This transition will be challenging and will require innovation, investment and commitment from all stakeholders in the maritime, port and energy sectors.


Session One - Facilitating energy transition through partnerships

This session will look at how collaboration between stakeholders in the marine energy supply chain will be key in helping the shipping industry to move beyond its dependence on fossil fuel-based energy. While this transition will generate opportunities, it will also present considerable challenges for the respective stakeholders; the speakers in this session will provide a pragmatic overview of the issues that lie ahead and how partnership engagement can enable structured and effective change.

  • Regulation and environmental targets – an overview
  • Stakeholder insights:
    • The port 
    • The shipowner
    • The fuel supplier – oil majors/gas companies/terminal operators
    • The shipper

The journey to low or zero carbon shipping will require a step-by-step approach. The introduction of the IMO’s 0.50% global sulphur cap in 2020 has already proved to be a catalyst for the development of alternative marine fuels. Sessions Two and Three will look at how a range of new and emerging fuel/energy options and technologies will contribute to a progressive reduction in vessel emissions. Speakers will also consider the challenges in developing a new energy supply chain infrastructure.


Session Two

Introducing the Port of Antwerp’s multi-fuel strategy

  • Traditional bunker fuels – will they be part of shipping’s future energy map?
  • Biofuels
  • Methanol/ethanol
  • Hydrogen


Session Three

Technological innovation is also an essential driver in facilitating shipping’s energy transition. This session will focus on progress in four technology segments and assess their future potential to deliver vessel and shore-based low carbon energy supply/propulsion

  • Fuel cells
  • Hybrid/electric
  • Cold ironing
  • Ship engine R&D


Session Four

Bridging the gap – financing the move to carbon-free shipping. Shipping’s energy transition will present technological, logistical, and operational challenges – and it will also require considerable investment from many industry stakeholders. This session will focus on the partnerships required between the shipping and ports sectors and financial institutions and other investment vehicles in order to make the marine energy transition achievable and viable.


Closing panel discussion

The IMO’s 2050 GHG reduction target will be a major disruptor for the marine fuels sector. This discussion will provide a forum for representatives of ‘traditional’ bunker suppliers/traders, shipowners/operators, industry organisations, port authorities and the ‘new’ fuel providers.


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