The Conference


The Motorship’s Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference 2022 took place on 22-24 November in Hamburg, Germany, and covered a range of topics with emphasis on the next steps to 2030 and 2050, and an in-depth analysis of ship operators’ future fuel considerations. The 2022 conference featured high profile sessions with informative presentations from a selection of fuel and equipment manufacturers, policymakers, safety experts, shipowners, and class societies. 2022 marked the 43rd anniversary of Motorship Conferences, making Propulsion & Emissions the longest running technical conference in the maritime sector. The conference provides senior executives with a meeting place to learn, discuss, and share knowledge of the latest developments in efficient propulsion technology and low flashpoint, low carbon fuels.

This year, the conference featured Reinhard Lüken, Managing Director, German Shipbuilding And Ocean Industries Association (VSM) as one of the conference chairmen moderating one of the two conference streams. Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO, Lars Robert Pedersen, will moderated the other stream. There was also sessions moderated by Sebastian Ebbing, Technical Advisor, Climate, Marine fuels, Innovation, Funding, German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) & Helge Bartels, Chief Operating Officer, Bernhard Schulte Gmbh & Co. KG.

The Motorship Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference attracts 200 attendees, from 30 countries including over 30 operators managing a combined fleet in excess of 5,100 ships who meet to discuss practical, technical developments in the fields of propulsion technologies and alternative fuels across two conference streams.

The 43rd programme included a keynote panel focused on the EU’s Fit for 55 proposed tandem regulation, specifically the journey to 2030 with Shorepower, followed by a session that explored Electrification for Big Ships, and Digitalisation. Within the streamed sessions on day 2 discussions were on eFuels & Biofuels; Sustainable approaches for the Future; Ammonia; Methanol; Multifuel Engines and Retrofit Solutions.


The Motorship Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference first launched in 2018 as a combined and enhanced event celebrating over 40 years of The Motorship’s Propulsion & Emissions Conference, and nearly 10 years of the Gas Fuelled Ships Conference.

Over 43 years The Motorship Conferences have explored the evolution of LNG and other clean, low-flashpoint fuels, and has become the conference for delegates seeking up to the minute information about future fuel frontrunners such as ammonia, hydrogen, methanol, ethane, VOCs, wind, biofuels and many more. With 50% absolute carbon reduction by 2050, alternative fuels are now an essential feature alongside ship owner’s propulsion and powering considerations.

During two conference days attendees benefit from insightful technical presentations either in streams or plenary sessions, with the event culminating in a technical visit on day three.

Hamburg is the location for Propulsion & Future Fuels due to its strong presence in the global shipping sector. The city boasts some of the best transport links of any European destination and sits at the heart of a robust German shipping market. Germany has the fifth largest merchant fleet in the world, with 328 shipping companies representing more than 2,300 vessels. The 101 shipping companies based in Hamburg, representing 67% of Germany’s gross tonnage, provide Propulsion and Future Fuels with a solid industry foundation.