The Motorship’s Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference 2022 took place from 22-24th 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 with sessions featuring expert presentations from a selection of fuel and equipment manufacturers, policymakers, safety experts, shipowners, and class societies.


The 2022 Conference attracted over 150 attendees, including over 20 operators managing a combined fleet in excess of 3800 ships who met 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.


2022 marks 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. It is a must-attend event for CEOs and technical directors from ship owning/operating and management companies, ship design and shipbuilding senior executives, sector specialists from fuel, equipment and technology suppliers plus senior management and advisers from classification and policy-making organisations. The conference features strong support and chairmanship from two of the sectors heavyweight associations: BIMCO, whose shipowner members represent more than 60% of the global tonnage, and the German shipowner association VDR, headquartered in Hamburg and representing a fleet of 2,324 ships with a combined gross tonnage of 57.5 million.