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IMO : Symposium on alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels – 9 and 10 February 2021

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 will be 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

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Which are going to be shipping’s future fuels? Attend the symposium.

The symposium aims to raise awareness, to present state-of-the art research and innovation, to discuss the advancement of alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels in international shipping, and to discuss initiatives to promote the availability, affordability and uptake of future marine fuels.

The agenda is on this web page

or can be downloaded here (PDF) 

The symposium will be open to all Member Governments, IGOs, NGOs and the general public. Streaming link will be published shortly.

Member States and IGOS/NGOS should register participants via the usual Online Meeting Registration System (OMRS).

Contact Information

Natasha Brown
Media and Communications Officer

+44 (0)20 7587 3274

Notes to editors

The agenda is below or can be downloaded here (PDF) 

Day 1 Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 11.00 – 14.00 UTC 

11.00 Introduction and opening remarks 

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 

  • 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
  • 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 – Moving towards zero-carbon shipping (title tbc)

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 ammonia fuelled vessel project, from technology development to commercial operation, including establishment of ammonia fuel supply chain
  • EUROMOT – Building future-proof marine engines

13.40 Q&A session 

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 developing countries in the production and utilization of alternative sustainable marine fuels 

  • Pr. Roberto Shaeffer, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Case study: prospects for alternative marine fuel production in Brazil
  • Mr. Jesse Fahnestock, Getting to Zero Coalition – Mapping of zero emission pilots and demonstration projects
  • Chile’s Hydrogen Strategy and opportunities for marine fuels
  • 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?
  • UK – 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 


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