A viable wind of consensus

A viable wind of consensus

One thing that seemed to be on most people's minds during the 2018 GST & Shipping 2030 Europe event in Copenhagen was that there is a common movement towards a future of sustainable, digitised shipping with a smaller environmental footprint. We bring you glimpses of the event. Take a look.

Text: Martin Stampe Photo: Martin Stampe
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Jesper Theilgaard founder of Klimaformidling (Climate Communication), and formerly popular Danish weather presenter, delivers the opening keynote speech on his view of a roadmap to sustainable shipping market, emphasising the willingness to trade short term profits for long term stability and the good of the environment.
   
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Roger Strevens, Global Head of Sustainability at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, listens to Jesper Theilgaard’s keynote speech.
 
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Tamara de Gruyter, Vice President Services North Europe at Wärtsilä, delivers the conference’s keynote speech on
‘Smart technologies setting new standards in shipping’.
   
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Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, listens to Wärtsilä’s Tamara de Gruyter delivering her keynote speech on how smart technology can help both the shipping industry and the environment.
 
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Panel discussion on instilling a digital culture into shipping. They also touched upon the importance of including employees in the design of the digital transition.

From left to right:
Mogens Schrøder Bech - Director, Maritime R&D, Danish Maritime Authority
Peter Crawley - Programme Officer, DG Research & Innovation Unit H2: Surface Transport, European Commission
Morten Vejlgaard Laursen - Head – Electrical & Automation, Fleet Technology, Maersk Line A/S Tamara de Gruyter - Vice President Services - North Europe Area, Wärtsilä
Torben Rytersgaard - Director General, VISMA
In foreground:
Moderator Lars Jensen, CEO and partner, SeaIntelligence.
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VAF Instruments TT-Sense optical thrust and torque measuring system.
 
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Thordon Bearings Inc. Seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings.
  
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NOx/SOx reduction system.
  
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Johan Backas, Managing Director, Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, participating in a panel discussion on using connectivity to improve the efficiency of the vessels.
   
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Wei Chen, Program Development Manager, Wärtsilä Water Systems, who earlier presented on the updates in sewage treatment legislation for the industry, listens as Mark Riggio, Product Manager at Hyde Marine, speaks at a workshop (which included Lars Bo Kirkegaard, Wartsila’s Ballast Water Sales Manager), on ensuring long term compliance throughout operations and maintenance of a ballast water management system.
  
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Norsepower takes on auxiliary wind propulsion by harnessing the Magnus effect.
  
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Klüber Lubrications managed to draw out the inner child of many guests with their 45.000 brick LEGO model Tribostar2, which allows user interaction using an iPad app.
 
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“I was introduced to at great idea about providing technical support through virtual reality,” said one of the attendees - Oksana B Attermann Category Manager Technical Marine Group Procurement DFDS A/S.
 
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“There is an appetite for working on sustainability and making a better environment together,” said Tamara de Gruyter Vice President Services North Europe, Wärtsilä on her takeaway from the event.
  
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“The industry as a whole has realised that 2020 is just around the corner, so we also have a whole industry ready to invest in cleaner fuel solutions,” observed Klaus Rasmussen Business Development Director Tankers - LNG/LPG/Liquids OMT / Odense Maritime Technology.
  
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When asked why he participated in the event, Peter Kragh Jacobsen Chief Technical Officer Head of Technical Organisation Maersk Supply Service said, “As chief technical officer, there is a certain obligation to keep tabs on what is happening in the industry. This is a good forum to meet peers and suppliers and there is always something surprising to bring home.”

We probed if there were any surprises at the event. “I found a new supplier, that was previously unknown to me, who presented a solution which happens to match our needs surprisingly well,” he concluded.

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