From 30-31 August, the World Maritime University (WMU) hosted a two-day international seminar on the role of green technologies and capacity building in maritime decarbonization. Over 70 participants from 35 countries gathered to attend the event entitled: “The role of green technologies and capacity building in maritime decarbonization.” The presentations and discussions focused on green technologies and ways of promoting global collaboration and capacity-building in maritime decarbonization.
Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, welcomed the participants to the two-day event. She highlighted the importance of Green Technologies, such as those demonstrated in project CHEK, that are essential for providing the technical means for enabling maritime transport without greenhouse gas emissions. “The green technologies we see emerging today are truly exciting, with the emergence of modern energy saving devices, the harnessing of renewable energy, and zero-carbon fuels. It is my hope that this seminar will be furthering these technical developments by discussions and further development of green technologies,” she said.
The seminar brought together relevant stakeholders and representatives from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union (EU) through support from the EU Horizon 2020 funded project CHEK - deCarbonizing sHipping by Enabling Key technology symbiosis on real vessel concept designs. Project CHEK commenced in June 2021 with consortium partners from the University of Vaasa (coordinator), WMU, Wärtsilä, Cargill, MSC Cruises, Lloyds Register, Silverstream Technologies, Hasytec, Deltamarin, Climeon, Yara Marine and BAR Technologies. CHEK involves the development of two bespoke vessel designs - a wind energy optimized bulk carrier and a hydrogen powered cruise ship - equipped with a combination of innovative energy technologies working in symbiosis. The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 99%, while achieving an energy consumption reduction of at least 50%.
During the two-day event, CHEK partners had the opportunity to share the results of their work up to now and discuss the various technologies and shipping aspects developed in CHEK since the beginning of the project, including hydrogen engine and fuel system specification, wing sail design specification, numerical Ship model and digital Prototype (1st Generation), waste-heat-recovery system, air-lubrication technology, shipping GHG reduction business models, and ultrasound antifouling.
CHEK consortium partners continue to develop technological options and make preparations for the deployment of decarbonisation technologies for the real vessel demonstrations. Project CHEK is expected to be completed by June 2024.
Further progress and updates about these developments are communicated at www.projectchek.eu
As part of the project CHEK’s wing sail technology the bulk carrier Pyxis Ocean has set sail to demonstrate for the first time the unique three-element Wind Wings technology as part of project CHEK.
Following the detailed outlook of the various technologies and shipping aspects developed during the first year of CHEK, the installation of these technologies has started taking place. At design level, the digital master (2nd generation model) of future-proof Kamsarmax and Meraviglia vessels has been built based on real operational data of the Kamsarmax bulker and Meraviglia cruise ship, targeting the optimisation of ship performance with regards to emissions through digital design means. The combination of this digital master with real-life data will lead to the development of a ‘Digital Twin’ which will include the design of experiments to be conducted in real vessel demonstrations.