The Propulsion & Future Fuels 2023 Conference Programme 

Powering shipping’s emission-cutting abitions 

Propulsion stream | Alternative Fuel Stream | Technical visit 

The two day conference commenced with a keynote panel focused on the cost of financing decarbonisation and who is going to pay, followed by sessions that explored the solutions for 2030, safety challenges with new technology and the shortlisted nominations for the Motorship Awards. The streamed sessions on day 2 explored the specific challenges with LNG / bio methane, ammonia, methanol, liquefied hydrogen, retrofit solutions, advances in lubrication and carbon capture. Providing industry leaders a space to network and knowledge share.

The call for papers for Motorships 45th Propulsion & Future Conference 2024 will be released soon. 

Day 1 - Tuesday 21st November 2023 

08:00Coffee & Registation


Chairman’s Welcome

Lars Robert Pederson, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO


Keynote Panel: The cost of decarbonisation & who is going to pay?


Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO
Dr. Harry Conway, Chair, The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), IMO
Annika Kroon, Head of Unit D1 Maritime, Transports & Logistics, European Commission 
Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping}
Dr. Markus Münz, Managing Director, VDMA Large Engines
Wolfram Guntermann, Director Regulatory Affairs, Hapag-Lloyd AG

10:30 – 10:50

Coffee & Networking

Session 1

The Solutions for 2030


Sebastian Ebbing, Technical Advisor, German Shipowners’ Association


Reaching 2030: the continuous marathon of change – regulatory, technological and financial challenges.
Antony Vourdachas, Principal Engineer, Global Sustainability, ABS
Whether it is the IMO CII, EU ETS or FuelEU, Ship Operators are facing major challenges adapting to the new regulatory landscape. Multiple ship types and operational profiles require different approaches to reaching the mid-term 2030 goals and one solution does not fit all.


Taking efficiency to the next level for large cargo vessels
Oskar Levander, VP Strategy & Business Development, I&E, Kongsberg Maritime
Exploring technologies to reduce energy demand and improve efficiency of cargo vessels and showcase a new ship concept with the aim of providing CII compliance for the ships lifetime without need of low carbon fuels.


Breaking new ground for efficiency in the marine industry
Janne Pohjalainen, Global Product Line Manager, ABB Dynafin™, ABB Marine & Ports
ABB Dynafin™ is a new concept representing a revolutionary propulsion system breaking new ground for efficiency in the marine industry.


Maritime Energy Transition to 2050
Sergey Gribanov, Area Business Development Manager, Germany, DNV Maritime
Gain the latest insights from DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook to 2050. How will the maritime industry respond to the decarbonization challenge? What will the maritime fuel mix look like in the years to come?



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