CHEK Final Seminar: Maritime Decarbonization by Enabling Key Technology Symbiosis

In the News
July 5, 2024

The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden, hosted the international seminar on energy-saving technologies and alternative energy sources for maritime decarbonization on 16 & 17 May 2024. The event welcomed around 90 participants from over 30 countries.

This seminar aligns with the broader objectives of the CHEK project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020, which aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions from ships by using energy-saving technologies working in synergy.

WMU President, Prof. Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., delivered a speech by emphasizing the importance of technological collaboration. “We will learn about various technologies needing to work together in symbiosis, i.e. ‘a cooperative relationship’ on the same vessel, or in synergy in ports. Collaboration and cooperation are key to achieving decarbonization across the industry and for us to achieve our common aim of decarbonizing international shipping all over the planet,” Prof. Mejia commented.

The seminar was backed by the CHEK project (deCarbonising sHipping by Enabling Key technology symbiosis on real vessel concept designs, under grant agreement No 955286) and the EU SEANERGY (Sustainability Educational programme for greener fuels and energy on ports).

Speakers included experts from the European Commission, the maritime industry, and Academia.

Plenary Session:

- Policy Insights: Presentations from the European Commission representatives, Mr. Gabriel Mialocq and Bartlomiej Gurba, providing critical policy frameworks and support initiatives.

- WMU Transport 2040: Technology Roadmap and Future Skills and Competences of Seafarers by Professors Aykut I. Ölçer and Momoko Kitada, highlighting the IMO Maritime Just Transition Taskforce Project on Baseline Training Framework for Seafarers in Decarbonization.

CHEK Presentations:

1. University of Vaasa: Suvi Karirinne, Director, VEBIC - "Decarbonizing shipping through collaborative action"

2. Deltamarin: Mia Elg, R&D Manager - "Digital twin and Future-Proof-Vessel design platform"

3. Lloyd’s Register: Yildiz Williams, Lead Marine Consultant - "Foresights: Extrapolating Demo Results"

4. Wärtsilä: Kenneth Widell, General Manager, Research Coordination & Funding - "Sustainable Fuels & Decarbonisation, Propulsion systems of CHEK vessels"

5. Climeon: Alexandra Widelund, Product and IP Manager - "Waste heat recovery for future proof vessels"

6. Silverstream Technologies: Arno Dubois, Lead Hydrodynamicist - "Silverstream Technologies: the CHEK Journey"

7. Hasytec: Götz Grosse, Head of R&D - Applications & Special Projects - "Ultrasound Antifouling: Mitigating biofouling on ship hulls and niche areas"

8. University of Vaasa: Carolin Nuortila, Senior Researcher, School of Technology and Innovations, Energy Technology – “Safety implications and applicability of hydrogen onboard a cruise ship”

9. Cargill: BAR Technologies & Manta Marine Technologies: John Cooper, CEO; Chris Hughes, Decarbonisation Specialist - "Wind Wing Technologies"

10. MSC Cruises: Michele Francioni, Chief Energy Transition Officer; Angela Craciun, Projects and Funding Specialist - "Cruise itinerary optimisation tool"

11. WMU: Tuan Dong, Research Associate - "Life cycle assessment of CHEK vessels"

The seminar showed the important role of green technologies in maritime decarbonisation. By bringing together diverse stakeholders and emphasizing collaborative efforts, it paved the way for a sustainable and carbon-neutral maritime future. Through continued dedication and innovative approaches, the goals of reducing GHG emissions and achieving operational energy efficiency are possible.