The shipping industry is now set on a serious decarbonisation course and the search is on for credible, viable and cost-effective solutions to meet the IMO’s initial strategy challenge to peak GHG emissions from international shipping as soon as possible and to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008. Wind propulsion technologies can help cut fuel costs significantly, make vessels compliant with existing and impending emission regulations, and create energy security and long-term resilience in a volatile market.
SMM 2018, one of the world’s largest shipping events held in Hamburg from 4th-7th September this year, offers a great opportunity to explore some of these wind propulsion solutions and visit exhibiting companies that are using 21st century technology to drive the reintroduction of clean, predictable maritime wind propulsion systems.
The Head of Ships at MARIN, Guilhem Gaillarde identifies, “Zero emission shipping and sustainable activities on our oceans are the most important challenges we, as a maritime community, need to tackle in the coming decades. This energy revolution will require smart solutions to be developed and the use of wind as a direct energy resource on board ships is part of that revolution. MARIN, as a leading and independent maritime institute, is dedicating a significant effort to help the industry developing innovative solutions and ship owners in implementing such technique in their operations. Winds of changes will blow in the shipping sector, so better be prepared for it!” (MARIN - Hall B2.EG - booth: 320).