In pursuit of achieving decarbonisation in the maritime industry, multiple stakeholders met in Antwerp, Belgium to discuss how together we can ensure the energy transition progresses successfully and supports the process of building confidence and driving uptake. (Photo: Petrospot)
The Marine Energy Transition Forum, organised by Petrospot, was attended by our very own Product Manager Valtteri Vainio and Sales Manager Ramin Forouzesh, which provided an opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities the shipping industry faces on its decarbonisation journey.
During the live sessions, the most common topics of discussion included design challenges, fuel availability and infrastructure, decarbonisation options for existing vessels, the need for cross-sector collaboration between different stakeholders, as well as the regulatory and commercial challenges.
It was clear that there is a shared belief in shipping having no ‘silver bullet’ for decarbonisation. All future fuels have strengths and weaknesses, and choices will be determined based on their suitability for differing vessel types and availability in particular regions. For example, there was excitement around methanol as the most viable fuel for larger vessels, which is a development we recognised at an early stage and have already created a supply unit for the fuel.
Although there were many positive discussions about the pathways available, there were also concerns raised around the price and availability of new fuels, as well as the lack of appropriate bunkering infrastructure. Bunker supply and availability are hindering the growth of future fuels currently but it is clear that technology is not a barrier.
So what is the key ingredient to ensuring the industry meets environmental regulatory targets while remaining competitive? The answer, collaboration.
Delegates at the event were in agreement that maritime decarbonisation must be approached holistically and collaboratively. Stakeholders across the industry – from fuel and technology suppliers to ship owners, operators and managers – all show commitment in working together as we excel efforts to improve maritime sustainability.
The main theme from this event aligned with our approach to decarbonisation. By taking a fuel-agnostic, holistic view, combined with expert knowledge and extensive experience of the marine fuel and lifecycle services market, we are confident in our ability to support customers on their journey to a greener future, no matter what path they choose.
We thank the organisers for an inspiring and educational event. It is always a pleasure to connect with our industry peers and map out the future of the maritime industry together.
If you would like to progress your decarbonisation journey, book a meeting with our experts by contacting:
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