Secretary, International Windship Association (IWSA)
Gavin Allwright has been the Secretary of the International Windship Association (IWSA) www.wind-ship.org since it was established in 2014, this not-for-profit grouping of maritime wind propulsion companies and projects supported by academia, NGO’s and seafarers is working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. Alongside his work as association secretary, he also leads the policy and finance work streams, requiring regular attendance at IMO, OECD and EU meetings. He currently sits on the UN International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCC) stakeholder’s advisory committee and is a non-executive board member on the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).
Gavin has presented at numerous international fora, including as a moderator of panels on alternative maritime propulsion and innovation; including NorShipping, Green4Sea, CMA, ShippingInsight, Green Ship Technology, SMM and the Motorship Propulsion & Emissions conference among others. He has also chaired the Royal Institute of Naval Architect’s (RINA) Shipping Efficiency & Wind Propulsion conferences along with the last four years of the Natural Propulsion Seminar as part of Blueweek hosted by the Marine Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN). He led the team that organised the ground-breaking Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit at COP23, an official UNFCCC Climate Partner event in Bonn, Germany.
He is currently an advisor on a number of EU and international joint industry and research projects, including: WASP, WiSP, VTAS, Decarbonising UK Freight and the Post Carbon Logistics Center and has worked closely with the Oceania (now Micronesian) Centre for Sustainable Shipping on the development of a sustainable shipping network in the South Pacific and gained extensive knowledge of the small vessel sector from his work as the Commercial Director for the Greenheart project, a not-for-profit organisation he joined in 2005, designing a zero-emissions, sail/solar electric cargo vessel for least developed regions.
Gavin holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries. He lectures on the development of wind propulsion and sustainable shipping as a visiting lecturer at a number of universities, including the UN World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden. He has contributed to numerous studies and projects on alternative propulsion solutions and helped coordinate and contributed extensively to the UN-affiliated IRENA technical brief – Renewable Energy Options in Shipping and recently contributed as an expert reviewer to the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C Global Warming.
Sustainable Shipping Officer, Transport & Environment
Jacob Armstrong is a sustainable shipping officer at Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment (T&E). He currently manages T&E’s advocacy work on shipping in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation and the UNFCCC.
Prior to joining T&E, Jacob spent a year working for the European Commission, before joining the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) as policy officer in charge of files concerning energy, the environment and blue growth.
His educational background is in history, with a specialisation in the history of political thought, at institutions including the University of Edinburgh, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Queen Mary’s and University College London (UCL).
Director of Publishing/Executive Editor, Bunkerspot/Petrospot
Lesley Bankes-Hughes is a highly experienced editor, news journalist and features writer. After a number of years as business editor of Jane’s Defence Weekly, she worked for the International Stock Exchange and Euromoney Publications. She also established a specialist newsletter covering European corporate mergers and acquisitions, and later spent several years at Christ Church, University of Oxford, with responsibility for developing educational outreach projects.
At Petrospot, she has taken a lead on editorial projects relating to the marine fuels sector since 2007.
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Business Development Manager, GTT
Thierry Clément is currently working in GTT as Business Development Manager for Northern Europe, Italy and Africa areas. Thierry is involved in LNG shipping, LNG offshore, small scale LNG and LNG fuel markets.
Thierry has around 20 years’ experience in the LNG industry. Before assuming his current position, he occupied various positions in GTT including Head of Liquid Motion Department, Project Manager in charge of the relations with Shipbuilding Yards in Far East (China, Korea, Japan) and Business Development Manager for China and Australia areas.
He has been involved in many studies and projects related to shipping and LNG offshore (FLNG and FSRU) industries.
Thierry graduated from Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN) with an Engineering Degree in Hydrodynamics and Fluid Mechanics.
Global Business Development Manager, Marine Four-Stroke, MAN Energy Solutions
Alexander has a working background of ten years in Shell in various business units, amongst other things he was responsible for setting up the Marine LNG business in the D-A-CH countries and chairing the German Maritime LNG advocacy platform.
Since 2019 he is the Global Business Development Manager at MAN Energy Solutions for the Medium/High Speed Marine (4-stroke) business. He manages external industry partnerships, maritime stakeholders and looks for trends, developments and requirements in the space of alternative marine fuels/propulsion as well as unmanned shipping and helps shaping those into products/services for the future. He also represents MAN ES at various industry bodies such as Getting to Zero coalition and SeaEurope / Waterborne.
Market Development Advisor, Aviation & Marine Fuels, ExxonMobil
Eddie Fish is a specialist in marine fuels and lubricants, and has worked at ExxonMobil for more than 25 years, with more than 18 years in marine. During this time he has held a number of sales, marketing and technical roles with key assignments including the launches of ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50 TM and most recently EMF.5TM. Additionally he continues to champion the wider adoption of accredited Mass Flow Metering Systems in various ports around the world.
In his current position as Market Development Advisor, Eddie is focused on helping the marine industry prepare for the challenges on the journey to – and beyond – 2020.
Eddie graduated with an honours degree in Managerial and Administrative studies from Aston University, UK, specialising in Marketing and Operations.
General Manager Sales & Strategic Development, Fuel Gas Supply Systems, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions
With more than 30 years business leading and sales experience in the marine, shipbuilding and oil & gas industry, about 15 years ago, in the very early phase of introducing LNG as a marine fuel, Frank Harteveld started his explorations on greenifying the shipping sector.
A strong awareness of the need for creating “cleaner horizons” and thereby contributing to a more sustainable society, made Frank to strongly advocate the further introduction of renewable fuels for shipping – all to be based on realistic, but ambitious pathways.
Wärtsilä Marine Power is one of the core business streams of the Wärtsilä Corporation, having its headquarters located in Helsinki - Finland, focusing on marine propulsion systems.
The company mission is to power a sustainable future, by Wärtsilä’s fuel strategy, with highest attention on minimizing the environmental impact, both onshore and marine industry. As a leading supplier of innovative products and integrated solutions, connected by smart technologies, these solutions do meet the highest sustainable profile and customer needs.
In addition to his current position in Wärtsilä, Frank is representing the company as a member of the board in the SEA-LNG coalition.
Frank graduated as Bsc in 1987 from The Hague Technical High School, having an Electrical Energy background and has been in Wärtsilä Corporation since 2012.
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Port of Antwerp
The port of Antwerp, the fourth largest port in the world and ranked eleventh as far as containers are concerned, is administered by an autonomous municipal body with a separate corporate identity, called the Antwerp Port Authority.
After a career as a lawyer in Antwerp and Brussels, Guy Janssens joined the Antwerp Port Authority in 2002. As a judicial advisor to the Antwerp Port Authority, Guy Janssens was frequently confronted with the numerous questions arising from the highly increased complexity of the port environment.
In 2008, he was one of the co-founders of the policy department within the Antwerp Port Authority. As a policy manager, he covered all aspects of port-related policy themes.
In 2017 he was appointed Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.
Global Product Specialist, Energy Storage & Fuel cells, ABB Marine & Ports
Ashish Kamat is currently Global Product Specialist, Energy Storage & Fuel Cells with ABB Marine, based in Oslo. His background includes 13 years of diverse experience in the Battery and Fuel Cell R&D for Electric Propulsion, of which the last 1 year have been in ABB Marine and Ports. He has worked previously in VW Group R&D and Toyota Motor Europe R&D on various battery and fuel cell powered vehicles mainly in managing, testing and design of energy storage systems for e-mobility.
Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
Graeme MacLean CEng, MIMechE, Galileo Master Certificate
Following graduation from the Special Engineering Programme at Brunel University, Graeme joined Ricardo, working in noise and vibration. Since then, Graeme has gained over 20 years’ experience of transport engineering consultancy. Graeme has led projects for a wide variety of major international manufacturers. On a project for Environmental Defense Fund Europe and P4G Getting to Zero Coalition identifying opportunities for growth and development in ports and surrounding areas from the adoption of green marine fuels, Graeme was subject matter expert for the multi-criteria analysis on the suitability of fuels for a variety of vessel types. Graeme currently working on a project for a globally significant organisation to understand limitation of greenhouse gas emission calculation methodologies for marine fuels. Graeme is responsible for detailing existing methodologies and identifying fuels and methods for case study. Graeme has also been responsible for projects reviewing the sustainability requirements for the automotive supply chain, considering both legislative and business drivers. Graeme has a wide variety of transport expertise, from development of test methods for automotive electric powertrains through to failure mode resolution for a large naval power plant.
Head of Environment, Port of Oslo
Neilson holds a master degree in Geography, and a bachelor degree in Environmental Management. The mix of natural and social sciences is useful since the port’s environmental impact as well as the influence on city development is important in the Oslo Fjord City of Norway.
In the environmental field, the Port of Oslo functions in close relation with other authorities in the city and scientists who provide important knowledge. “The city and port of Oslo have a zero emission action plan. We want to grow, but at the same time reduce the carbon emission by 85 % in 2030. To accomplish this we need innovation and partnership with cargo owners, shipping lines and the city as a buyer of sea transport. The maritime city of Oslo use sea transport as part of our capital region cargo logistics. This is smart because sea transport is by far the most energy efficient mode of transport. An efficient port removes cargo from roads between Norway and Europe. This does reduce a large amount of global carbon emissions from the transport sector, and there is more capacity in short sea shipping available. City ports, like Oslo, need to provide services that compete with road transport. The seaway is the low emission highway from Europe, and all port cities should take the opportunity to reduce global emission, by providing efficient port services and use more sea transport in the urban logistic cargo chains”, says Neilson.
The city of Oslo are working hard to reduce 95 % by 2030. The port aims for 85 % by 2030, and becoming a zero emission port by 2050. The port city of Oslo was the European Green Capital in 2019. A common goal for all the sectors in our city is to walk the path towards a zero emission future together.
• Finding innovative partners to build zero emission infrastructure both for land & sea transport
• Sea transport is part of port city cargo logistic chains, embrace zero emission solutions
• What can we do together to provide zero emission solutions in city ports across the world?
Dr Carlo Raucci
Marine Decarbonisation Consultant, Lloyd's Register
Dr Carlo Raucci is a Principal Consultant leading UMAS’s work on alternative fuels and low carbon technologies for the decarbonisation of the shipping industry.
Carlo holds a PhD from the University College London on ‘The potential of hydrogen as a fuel for shipping’. He is currently providing consultancy services assessing shipping future scenarios and providing sustainability strategies for major industry bodies, private companies and governments.
He has more than 10 years’ experience of research in the shipping and climate change fields as well as advocacy on energy systems and low carbon transport.
He is co-author of the 3rd IMO GHG Study and the Assessment of Fuel Oil Availability Study that informed the IMO’s decision on 0.5% Sulphur limits. He authored several publications on the topic of transition to zero-emissions vessels including the Lloyds Register/UMAS Zero Emissions Vessels - Transition Pathways report and the Getting to Zero Coalition insight report, The scale of investment needed to decarbonise international shipping.
Carlo has extensive experience in the development and the commercial deployment of data analytics tools such as a model for assessing the technical and operational evolution of a fleet; a model to assess the uptake of zero-emissions vessels and forecasting future zero-carbon fuels prices.
He has previous experience as a consultant managing several projects with the leading national and international companies in the energy, transportation, public administration, aerospace and defence industries. He has a BSc in Management Engineering of Logistic and Production and an MSc in Energy Management Engineering, both from the University of Naples Federico II.
Head of ESG, Sustainability and Climate Services, PwC Greece
Dimitris is a Manager in PwC Greece, Advisory Services, and a member of PwC Greece's Maritime Sustainability Center. He joined PwC in 2012 and he is specialized in the provision of services related to ESG and Sustainability strategy design and implementation, environmental performance monitoring and compliance, sustainability reporting an d assurance. He has been working with clients across several industries, focusing on shipping and ports.
Dimitris holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras and an MSc in Sustainability Design and Engineering from University College London. Moreover, Dimitris is a certified chartered accountant (ACCA) since 2019.
Commercial Director Marine, Titan LNG
Michael Schaap is the commercial director marine at Titan LNG B.V. and in that capacity responsible for the development of the marine and bunkering proposition for Titan LNG.
In the past Michael has had various roles in the bunker industry, mainly involved on the commercial & trading activities for physical suppliers such as Shell Marine Products and Argos bunkering.
Actual bunkering experience has proven to be helpful to translate the needs of vessel owners and operators to a LNG bunkering supply proposition, resulting in several milestone projects and deliveries of LNG as a marine fuel.
Michael has a degree from Nyenrode Business University.
Director of Marine Fuels, Proman Shipping
Peter Schild is Proman’s Director of Marine Fuels.
In his current role, Peter leads Proman’s work along the full length of the clean shipping supply chain.
Peter has worked for the Proman family of companies since 1992. As a mechanical engineer and Project Manager, he has overseen a number of Proman’s world-scale methanol and ammonia plants, including the construction and commissioning of the then world’s largest methanol plant, M5000 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Prior to taking up his current role, Peter was Project Management Director in Proman’s Dusseldorf office, responsible for acquisition and project development work for Proman projects around the world.
Peter holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hochschule Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences.
Kim Strate Kiegstad
Vice President Sales, Corvus Energy
Kim Strate Kiegstad joined Corvus Energy in August 2019 as Vice President and has a strong background in the Maritime industry, where he has been the front runner to providing innovative and sustainable solutions for the last 25 years. With a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and as former Naval Officer Kim has for more than the last decade focused on optimizing the efficiency of maritime propulsion systems, this including implementation of Energy Storage Systems in pilot projects paving the way for more commercial useable solutions.
He started his career in the Royal Danish Navy as Chief Engineer, and joined Siemens Marine Solutions in 2007. Together with Corvus Energy he introduced how to utilize batteries as hybrid propulsion and have grown the business ever since.
Kim is located close to Copenhagen in Denmark and is Vice President Sales for Denmark, Germany and BeNeLux.
Peter Van de Graaf
Senior Surveyor, Lloyd’s Register
Peter Van de Graaf joined Lloyd’s Register in 1989 as a Surveyor and became Surveyor in charge 2008, primarily responsible for marine operations in LR’s Flushing and Antwerp offices. From 1 July 2021 he took the role of “Decarbonisation Business Development Manager”, supporting projects and Clients in Nord Europe.
Before joining LR, Peter Van de Graaf served onboard a variety of ship types for 9 years, first as Marine Engineer and then as Chief Engineer.
Since 2012, Peter has been involved in several projects with alternative fuels.
Technical Manager – Environment, Port of Antwerp
After graduating as a bio-engineer in 2009, Pieter has spent a few years in the laboratories of KU Leuven to investigate how bacterial species degrade pesticides in wetland environments.
This resulted in a PhD in microbiology in 2016. In the meantime, he started as technical manager environment at the Antwerp Port Authority, with a main focus on alternative fuels and air quality monitoring.