Tuesday, April 27

Welcome & Opening

Key Note I

Jens Meier, CEO HPA Hamburg Port Authority


Key Note II



Session I: Green Ports & Infrastructure

Chair: Karsten Schönewald, CEO Flotte Hamburg

Vision Zero Emission Port – Curse of blessing for the Port of Hamburg?

Prof. Dr. Jan Ninnemann, Professor of Logistics, Academic Head of B.Sc. Logistics Management, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration


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Dirk Lehmann, CEO Becker Marine Systems GmbH & Co. KG, Germany


Sustainable ports in a competitive environment

Dr. Niels Wiecker, Port & Logistics Department, Ministry of Economics and Innovation, Germany


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Session II: Ship Efficiency Technologies

Chair: Johannes Oeffner, Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services

Wind propulsion, market development, the EU WASP project

Gavin Allwright, Secretary at International Windship Association IWSA, United Kingdom


H2020 AIRCOAT project on a passive air lubrication technology – Latest developments

Nils Hagemeister, Fraunhofer CML, AIRCOAT WP 5 Manager, Germany


H2020 CHEK project – Decarbonising shipping by enabling key technology

Alessandro Schönborn, Assistant Professor, World Maritime University Malmö, Sweden


Day I: Round-up & Close


End of Day I


Port Tour – Dinner & Networking

Wednesday, April 28

Session III: Advanced Propulsion & Fuels

Chair: Nicole Wermuth, LEC

Sustainable, scalable, storable: methanol as shipping fuel – introducing FASTWATER

Prof. Sebastian Verhelst, Gent University, Belgium


H2020 ShipFC project – Title tba

Tore Boge, NCE Maritime CleanTech, Norway


H2020 HyMethShip project – Recent results and project update

Joanne Ellis, SSPA, Sweden, tbc


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Session IV: Ship Emission Monitoring & Compliance
Chair: Volker Matthias, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Gaps in current regulations and impacts to real-world emissions

Erik Fridell, IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute


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Moderated Panel Discussion

Chair: tba

12:30 -Karsten Schönewald, CEO Flotte Hamburg

-Johannes Oeffner, CML

-Nicole Wermuth, LEC

-Matthias Volker, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht

-Guests, tba


Forum Round-up & Closing


End of Day 2

Roy Campe - CMB


Sebastian Verhelst - Lund University (Sweden) & Ghent University (Belgium)

Sebastian Verhelst is Associate Professor of Combustion Engines at both Lund University in Sweden and Ghent University in Belgium. His research interests are focused on realizing sustainable transportation and the role of combustion engines therein. He has led multiple national and international projects on alternative fuels, in-cylinder heat transfer, and medium speed diesel engines; and currently coordinates the EU H2020 “FASTWATER” project. Dr. Verhelst is the former president of the Belgian Society of Automotive Engineers (UBIA). He has been awarded with the 2005 VDK Prize for Sustainable Development for his PhD, with the 2013 CIMAC President’s Award for a paper he co-authored, and with the 2014 SAE Forest R. McFarland Award.

Sustainable, scalable, storable: methanol as shipping fuel – introducing FASTWATER

The EU H2020 project FASTWATER aims to move shipping towards a clean and renewable fuel: methanol. Methanol, as non-sooting fuel burning at low temperatures, enables an immediate reduction in pollutant emissions (short term), and offers a pathway to a climate-neutral synthetic fuel produced from renewables (long term). The project will develop retrofit kits and methanol engines and demonstrate these in a harbour tugboat, a pilot boat and a coast guard vessel. A methanol powered river cruise vessel design is also included, as well as logistics and bunkering, revision of rules and regulations, and crew training.

Tore Boge - NCE Maritime CleanTech

Tore Boge of industry cluster NCE Maritime CleanTech is Project Coordinator for the EU project ShipFC, in which we will see the world’s first ship sailing on green ammonia. He has extensive engineering background and over 10 years of experience delivering projects within the energy and maritime sector, mainly focusing on innovative solutions and development of new technology. Prior to joining NCE Maritime CleanTech and the ShipFC project Tore Boge worked in Swire Seabed with ground-breaking deep-water salvage projects and delivery of the first ever commercial application of unmanned surface vessels combined with autonomous underwater vehicles. He holds a BSc in subsea technology from Bergen university college, and a MSc in systems engineering from the University of South-East Norway.


Creating the world’s first green ammonia vessel

The aim of the European innovation project ShipFC is to demonstrate that long-range zero-emission voyages with high power on larger ships is possible. The project will see an offshore vessel, Viking Energy, which is owned and operated by Eidesvik and on contract to energy major Equinor, have a large 2MW ammonia fuel cell retrofitted, allowing it to sail solely on the clean fuel for up to 3,000 hours annually.

For the last couple of years, there has been a lot of interest in ammonia fuel cells within the maritime sector, and Viking Energy will be the world’s first vessel able to operate solely on green ammonia. Moreover, socio-technical models and analysis will be performed in addition to a full feasibility study for larger replicator vessels with power demand above 10MW.

Nils Hagemeister - Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML

Nils Hagemeister is a research associate with Fraunhofer CML in Hamburg. He holds a master’s degree in naval architecture from University of Applied Sciences Kiel. Nils coordinates the computational fluid dynamics activities at CML and develops performance prediction and weather routing solutions for ships with emphasis on wind-assisted propulsion technologies. Before joining Fraunhofer CML Nils worked as a hydrodynamicist for a naval design and consulting company, where he was involved in the analysis and optimization of ship hulls as well as research and development of innovative energy saving devices. Prior to that, he was in charge of managing the unique Twist Flow Wind Tunnel at University of Applied Sciences Kiel..

Latest developments of the H2020 AIRCOAT project on a passive air lubrication technology (working title)

The presentation will give an update on the latest developments in the AIRCOAT project. Depending on progress and availability this could include results from experimental or numerical fluid dynamic analyses, emission saving estimations and other research areas within the project.

Jan Ninnemann - HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration

After his studies at Universität Hamburg and Bordeaux Business School, Jan Ninnemann obtained a Graduate Diploma in Maritime and Port Management at the National University of Singapore and completed his doctorate in Hamburg on the topic of seaport competition in Europe. After gaining initial professional experience in various consulting positions, in 2008 Professor Ninnemann founded Hanseatic Transport Consultancy together with Dr. Thomas Rössler, a strategy and management consultancy firm for transport, traffic and logistics. He volunteers as a member of the Executive Committee of Deutsche Verkehrswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (DVWG, German Association of Transport Sciences).

His research focus is on maritime logistics chains. Thanks to his research activities, he has acquired expert knowledge in the field of seaport competition, seaport hinterland traffic and digitization in the maritime industry.

Vision Zero Emission Port – Curse and blessing for the Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg is located in the middle of the city. This distinguishes it from many of its global and European competitors. At 7,105 ha, the port occupies about 9.4 per cent of the area of the city-state of Hamburg. This has two direct consequences: There is a discussion about the use of the limited land resources, also in interaction with the neighbouring, urban districts. In addition, the framework conditions and emissions of the port in the city play a major role in its acceptance by the population. For the successful development of the Port of Hamburg in the coming years, a clear strategy is therefore required with regard to the issues of space efficiency and emission reduction. However, the port’s urban location not only leads to challenges, it also allows innovations to emerge in the port environment.

Alan Bliault - Aeromarin

Alan is a Naval Architect and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. After graduation he spent several years working on Air Cushion Vehicles with Vosper Thornycroft in the UK. He moved on to offshore loading buoys, and then to hydrodynamic engineering for the world’s first Tension Leg Production Platform at Conoco’s Hutton field. He moved to Shell in Norway to work on the Troll, and Draugen field developments. After this he lead work on subsea flowlines and risers, FPSOs, and FLNG, before leading onshore projects in Gabon. He returned to Norway to participate in development of subsea gas compression for Ormen Lange field, and other developments. Before retiring in 2016 he spent three years as an internal auditor for the central organisation reviewing major projects worldwide.

In parallel to his work for Shell, since 1994 he has worked on a series of text books covering Air Cushion Technology and High Speed Marine Vessels together with Professor Liag Yun of MARIC in Shanghai. The last book focussed on air lubrication and air cavity vessels. Completing this work has given him an overview of the current status of the technology..

Improving ship performance with air lubrication – Challenges and advances

The resistance of a vessel can be significantly reduced if the boundary layer is ‚lubricated‘ or even separated from the hull surface. Reduction in resistance is a key driver for minimising installed power and energy consumption. Presently the potential for lowering emissions is also a strong driver. There are a range of mechanisms and that have now been successfully developed and applied in practise for resistance reduction. This presentation will outline the range of mechanisms so far studied and the results that have been verified, from air bubbling, and air sheet, to air cavities. The requirements differ from large vessels such as cruise liners and LNG carriers, to smaller high speed passenger vessels and so the concepts applied differ, and their interaction with stability and seakeeping. Some examples will be outlined. The current status of this technology will be discussed, and current drivers for future development.


Leonidas Ntziachristos - Aristotle University Thessaloniki

Leonidas Ntziachristos is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Aristotle University Thessaloniki. His research interests include pollutants formation and control, exhaust aerosol sampling and characterization, and emission models and projections development. Currently, he works on the development of aerosol instrumentation and sensors for exhaust aerosol characterisation as well as models for the calculation of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from transport modes.

Technical possibilities to monitor vessel emissions explored in the SCIPPER project and their impact

SCIPPER is a European project which aims at deploying state-of-art and next-generation measurement techniques to monitor emissions of vessels under their normal operation. This presentation shows the techniques used in two campaigns in the EU and how the project aims at assessing the impacts of deploying monitoring methods in improving air quality.

Martin Ericson Borgh - SSPA Sweden AB

Martin is a Naval Architect (MSc) with 20 years of experience. After 7 years at the Defence Material Administration working with Radar Cross Section and other above water signatures he joined SSPA in 2008. The last six years he has been involved in numerous projects aiming to reduce the environmental foot print of ships and boats. Measures studied involve operational changes to reduce energy use, electrification and other means to increase energy efficiency as well as change to fuels and energy sources with lower effective carbon emission values.

Martin has been the subproject manager for the studies of the design and integration of the HyMethShip energy system in the case study vessel – a RoPax on the route between Gothenburg and Kiel.

The HyMethShip zero emission energy concept

The HyMethShip project is funded from the Horizon 2020 programme (grant agreement no 768945) with the aim to develop a hydrogen energy system using E-methanol as the hydrogen carrier. The overall goal is to create a zero CO2-emission system with higher energy efficiency possble compared to post-combustion CO2 capture can offer.

We will give an overview of the HyMethShip-project:

  • Goals, funding and the structure and partners of the project
  • Project status
  • Results so far in brief
  • Remaining deliverables and work until end of project


Erik Fridell - IVL Swedish Environmental Reserch Institute

Dr. Fridell obtained a PhD in physics in 1993 and is assistant director and team leader for the Transport and Mobility group at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and Adjunct Professor in Maritime Environment at Chalmers University of Technology. He has long experience on research about emission to air from traffic including emission modelling and research on emission abatement strategies. Recent research interest also includes scenario development, policy instruments and assessing impact on environment and health with a focus on new fuels and shipping. He has a wide experience regarding development and application of various methodologies for calculating and streamlining fuel consumption and air emissions for the transport sector. He has published over 100 research papers, several book chapters and public reports.

How to make emission regulations for NOX and SOX work

This paper discusses gaps related to emission regulations for ships with a focus on enforcement. Several gaps have been identified, some of them are regulatory gaps that typically include negative side effects of abatement technologies that could be addressed by policymakers. Other gaps relate to the enforcement of regulations. An important identified need is the development of onboard exhaust gas sensors that can be used in an enforcement context. These include NOX and ammonia sensors downstream an SCR, methane sensors for LNG engine exhaust and BC sensors for potential coming regulations on soot emissions from ships. Also methods and protocols for remote surveillance should be developed further. Enforcement regulations should ensure reliable performance over time, upstream and downstream of any abatement technologies.

Andreas Weigelt - German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)

Andreas Weigelt holds a PhD in meteorology and is working as a scientist at the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). Before moving to BSH in 2015, he worked at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) in Leipzig and at the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG). At BSH he leads the German ship emission measurement network. In the past 17 years he gained experience in various atmospheric trace gas and Aerosol measurements at ground based, ship based and airborne platforms. He contributes to several international atmospheric research projects like SCIPPER, CompMon, MeSMarT, GMOS and CARIBIC.

The German ship emission monitoring network in an international context

In this talk the German ship emission monitoring network will be introduced as part of the European monitoring network. The remote measurement method will be explained and some general statistics on observed comliance rates according to MARPOL Annex VI will be shown. Finally the link to current activities in the SCIPPER project and new developments in the Bonn Agreement will be shown.


Volker Matthias - Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Center for Materials and Coastal Research

Volker Matthias is Head of Department Chemistry Transport Modeling at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Center for Materials and Coastal Research. His research focus is on emissions, transport and transformation of pollutants in the atmosphere and the application of complex three-dimensional models to get a comprehensive picture of the state of the atmosphere and its constituents. Currently his main interests are the effect of ship emissions on air pollution and nitrogen deposition in Europe. He participated in several national and European projects and is author of more than 80 scientific papers and contributions to books. He teaches topics related to atmospheric chemistry at the University of Hamburg and Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Dirk Lehmann - Becker Marine Systems

Dirk Lehmann was born in Hamburg in 1963, is married and has three children. Mr. Lehmann holds a degree in engineering („Dipl.-Ing.“) from the Military University in Hamburg with a specialization in shipbuilding from TU Hamburg-Harburg. Since 2001, Mr. Dirk Lehmann has been a shareholder (70%) and Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems. He is responsible for their overall business strategy and sales. During his time as Managing Director, Mr. Lehmann has redefined Becker´s strategy
and substantially increased revenues, staff numbers and profitability. Since 2015, he is founder of several enterprises in the field of green mobility. Mr. Lehmann is vice president of the Association of European Ship Suppliers and Shipyards (Sea Europe), a member of economic affairs committee
(„Wirtschaftsausschuss“) of the City of Hamburg and member of the board of Schiffbautechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (STG).

Emission Reduction in Shipping. An Overview what can be achieved with different ship types and sizes

Different types of ships in different regions cannot use the same technology and fuels in
order to achieve significant emission reductions. The variety of regional emission
legislations and political directions in the choice of fules and the existance of funding
schemes is not making things easier for shipping companies or the technology
providers. This makes it hard to say which fuel and which technology is the best for
shipping. Today we know that there is not only one solution, but that there are many
technologies and fuels. All of the available possibilities need to be double checked for
each project. One thing is in common: sailing green is more expensive than today’s
mostly oil fuel related transportation methods. The author wants to give a brief
overview of the current possibilites to build and sail emission-free with different ship
types and sizes.

Niels Wiecker - Ministry of Economy and Innovation

Niels Wiecker is Director of Port and Logistics at the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, Hamburg. His main focus is innovation in the maritime sector and in logistics. He obtained a Ph.D. for his work on the economic history of trade and ports in the Atlantic. He served with political decision makers at Deutscher Bundestag and became Personal Assistant to the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in 2011. In 2012 he joined the Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation as Head of the Minister’s office. Since 2019 he is responsible for port and logistics.


Sustainable ports in a competitive environment

Ports play an essential role in the movement of goods and passengers around the globe as a link between sea and land and are vital to the economy of the cities and regions within which they are located. In the coming years ports will also need to contribute to decarbonization in order to help achieve the climate targets. At the same time competition between ports has dramatically increased in recent years. Hamburg is a pioneer in the area of sustainability in the port with actively pursuing the goal of reducing emissions of ships while at berth. The lecture will highlight the opportunities and challenges of increasing the port’s sustainability while maintaining its competitiveness and efficiency. Topics such as onshore power supply (OPS), the need for a level-playing-field and the potentials of digitalization will be presented.

Gavin Allwright - International Windship Association (IWSA)

Gavin Allwright is the Secretary General of the International Windship Association (IWSA). a grouping of 130+ maritime companies and wind propulsion experts working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. His policy work requires regular attendance at IMO, EU and national government level meetings and he sits on the stakeholders advisory committee for the MTCC network at IMO.
He is also a non-executive board member for the World Wind Energy Association, an advisor on various shipping decarbonisation projects and a regular guest lecturer at the UN World Maritime University among others. Gavin holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries and was an expert reviewer for the IPCC special report on 1.5C climate change.

Re-Wind not Rewind: Wind Propulsion & Decarbonisation

Direct wind energy as propulsion for ships has a long history, however the resurgence in wind propulsion isn’t based on nostalgia, but firmly rooted in economic and environmental imperatives. What industry can ignore an free energy source that is abundant, delivered to the point of use without new infrastructure or storage, available worldwide today and harnessed using state-of-the-art tech available now. How does wind fit into decarbonisation pathways? What is the current market status and forecasts for growth? How are remaining barriers to scaling wind being tackled with the latest project news, collaborations etc.?

Karsten Schönewald - Flotte Hamburg

Karsten studied engineering in Kassel (Germany) and closed his formation with a degree as welding engineer. After his initial employment with German Railways (Deutsche Bahn), he has been working for the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) for the past 10 years. Since 2016, he has been responsible for the ship fleet of the HPA and developed the concept of a fleet management for the City of Hamburg. In 2017, he became Managing Director of the newly formed Hamburg Fleet (Flotte Hamburg), a daughter company of the HPA. Karsten is responsible for the environmentally friendly orientation of the fleet.

An urban fleet turns green

The Hamburg Fleet operates about 50 ships for the use around the Port of Hamburg, including typical “work ships” (small tug boats, etc.), as well as pilot boats, police boats and fire boats. The consolidation of these different ship categories is a unique project in Germany.
Since the Port of Hamburg is located in the city center, environmental friendliness is a highly important issue. The Hamburg Fleet takes on the pioneering role and is engaged to lead by example.
The underlying concept for an environmental – friendly operation of the fleet will be presented in the lecture.

Gerhard Untiedt - MEYER WERFT GmbH & Co. KG

Mr. Gerhard Untiedt, Dipl.-Ing. was born 1954 and has studied electrical and mechanical engineering. After he has worked for Siemens and a maritime consulting company, he started to work for MEYER WERFT in 1984. He has a strong practical and theoretical expertise in ship engineering, in leading positions. As project manager for several new-built ships he gained a lot of experience. In recent years he is responsible in the research and development of strategic projects dealing with energy and environmental questions. He is a member of several councils and bodies.

MethaShip – Methanol as long term solution for climate neutral shipping

Facing increasing environmental awareness, shipping is obliged to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. For this, alcohols as fuel for shipping are being considered more and more. A whole series of advantages result from the fact that they are liquid under ambient conditions. Among other things, because of this attribute, they can be stored on board ships in a particularly space-saving and simple manner. In particular, the simplest alcohol – methanol – is virtually predestined for shipping. It burns particularly cleanly, has excellent environmental compatibility, is easy and safe to handle, and is available globally as a raw material for industry already. In addition, methanol can be produced renewably via various pathways in a simple way. The suitability of methanol for marine applications, with a focus on passenger ships, the associated design of on-board systems, questions regarding the supply infrastructure, and aspects of renewable production are the focus of MethaShip’s research.
The MethaShip project has shown that there is a lot to be said for the use of methanol as a maritime fuel and that it could become „first choice“. At present, methanol market price is higher than the price of conventional marine fuels. However, it is advantageous from a ship construction perspective, it has excellent environmental properties and as renewable fuel it has the potential to become the cheapest in the future. Methanol can be stored long-term and as a substance itself methanol has no greenhouse gas potential. Finally, its availability, its existing supply chains and established technologies for handling, which are already in place today, also predestine methanol as a marine fuel allowing a continuous transition from fossil to renewable supply.

Edmund Tolo - Fjellstrand Yard

Edmund Tolo has more than 35 years’ experience within ship building, maritime system engineering and management. For the majority of these years he has worked at Fjellstrand yard, both in Norway and in Singapore. Within this time Edmund has worked with a range of pioneering projects within the car ferry and fast going passenger vessel sectors. Amongst other he was responsible for R&D and project development during the building of the world’s first all-electric ferry in 2015; the MF “Ampere”.


The EU TrAM project will develop a fully electric, zero emission fast going passenger vessel through advanced modular production. New manufacturing methods will contribute to 25 per cent lower production costs and 70 per cent lower engineering costs. The project is revolutionary both in terms of zero emission technology and manufacturing methods. At least one demonstrator vessel will be physically built to operate a multi-stop commuter route into Stavanger, Norway.

Nicole Wermuth - LEC GmbH

Nicole Wermuth studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig and graduated with a Doctorate degree. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, focusing on laser diagnostics in internal combustion engines. Prior to joining LEC GmbH as Technical Project Leader in April 2018, she held various positions in engine research and development in the automotive and the power generation business.

HyMethShip – On the way to zero emission shipping

HyMethShip is a cooperative R&D project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The project aims to drastically reduce emissions while improving the efficiency of waterborne transport. The HyMethShip system has the potential to achieve a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 97 % and practically eliminate SOx and particulate matter emissions. NOx emissions will fall by over 80 %, safely below the IMO Tier III limit. An overview of the concept and first results of HyMethShip will be presented.