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Our virtual panel of top industry experts came together on 18 May 2021. They discussed WindPower and Windassisted Propulsion for the Shipping sector.

From having been considered a slightly eccentric option, Wind-assisted Propulsion has gained its place as a true contender and contributor in achieving the IMO 2050 goal for decarbonisation of the shipping sector.

You can re-watch the session on industry experts discuss how your business could benefit from this solution. This session of PFF Live comes with full support of the International Wind Ship Association.




The panel was headed up by Lars Robert Pedersen – Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO, which represents 60% of the world’s tonnage.

Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Wind Ship Association gave the welcome introduction, before a high-profile panel of technical experts including;

- Aude Leblanc, Technology leader - Sustainable shipping, Bureau Veritas Group

Bureau Veritas has released new-generation classification rules for wind propulsion systems to help support and drive the development of zero carbon propulsion options for modern ships. Aude is responsible for BV’s development of the rules for Wind Propulsion Systems (NR206) and sits on various marine renewable committees. Coupled with a Master Engineer Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aude gave an invaluable contribution to this session.

- Roger Strevens VP, Global Sustainability, Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Roger represents the Group’s interests in maritime environmental policy, helping to drive sustainability collaborations with industry partners, customers and innovators. Working to build a ‘Lean:Green’ sustainability culture in the Group, Roger also ensures financial stakeholders’ evolving needs are met, including through the Group’s reporting activities. With the theme of this session focussed on the future of WindPower and Windassisted Propulsion.

- Jarkko Väinämö, Chief Operating Officer, Norsepower

Jarkko has worked for Norsepower since 2013. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for the operations, technology, R&D and product management. He is an experienced product developer and has worked with renewables and clean-tech since 2001. He has previously worked as Director of Engineering at Winwind, the first Finnish multi-megawatt wind turbine manufacturer.

- Vincent Bernatets, CEO & co-founder, Airseas

Vincent specialized in advanced automatics at Sup’Aéro (ISAE) and Stanford University, speaks 5 languages. He is a sailboat skipper and former pilot of single-engine aircraft. Before founding Airseas, M. Bernatets worked internationally as a development engineer in aeronautics, before becoming a manager on the development of the A380. Today he combines his three passions and competencies – engineering, sailing and the environment, to develop and grow Airseas and its revolutionary Wind-Assisted-Propulsion-System : Seawing

- Daisuke Arai, Managing Executive Officer, K-Line

Responsible for Containerships Business Unit, Information System,AI/Digitalization Strategy Unit, CIO(Chief Information officer), Supervising Ship Technical, GHG Reduction Strategy, Environmental Affairs, In charge of Advanced Technology.


- Welcome from Gavin Allwright

- Introductions from our panel of experts

- Live discussion

- Interactive audience Q&A

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