History and background



The Motorship Propulsion & Emissions, which celebrated its 40th edition in 2018, is the longest running technical conference in the maritime sector. Gas Fuelled Ships was launched in 2010 to address the use of LNG as a maritime fuel.  Both events are strong in their own right: the last Propulsion & Emissions conference had shipowner panels and audiences representing in excess of 2,000 ships, while Gas Fuelled Ships has grown from a single day event into a two-day conference covering all alternative low flash point fuels with a day of technical visits. Both conferences feature strong support and chairmanship from two of the sectors heavy weight associations: BIMCO, whose shipowner members’ represent more than 60% of global tonnage, and the German shipowner association VDR, headquartered in Hamburg and representing a fleet of 2,720 ships with a combined gross tonnage of 71 million.

With ongoing developments and increased overlap between both of the above events The Motorship Propulsion & Future Fuels joined the two together in one large, enhanced conference which first took place in 2018.

What is the Motorship?

The Motorship has been published since 1920 and is the longest running technical title within the marine sector. It provides insight for the marine technology professionals in print, online and through regular e-newsletters and social media. With a monthly combined audience of 26,015 this title underpins the success of its sister events.

What is Propulsion and Future Fuels?

Bringing together the strength of The Motorship Propulsion & Emissions and Gas Fuelled Ships conferences, The Motorship Propulsion & Future Fuels attracts an audience of 200 to Hamburg. Its goal is to provide decision makers from the ship operating sector, ship design and construction companies, fuel, equipment and technology suppliers plus classification and policy-making organisations with a meeting place to learn, discuss and knowledge share solutions to operational and regulatory challenges. In 2017, The Motorship Propulsion & Emissions Conference and Gas Fuelled Ships attracted 140 and 160 attendees respectively, from 30 countries. The joint audience included operators managing a combined fleet in excess of 2,560 ships. The highest proportion of delegates of the combined events were shipowners and yards (35%).