Sustainable Shipping@Sea: Zero Emission in Sight

The shipping industry has immense potential for reducing its environmental footprint. Despite the fact that transport over water is the most energy-efficient means of transportation, its environmental footprint is significant. There is an urgent need for the decarbonization of shipping. CO2 and other shipping emissions need to become ghosts of the past. The quest has begun towards sustainable shipping at sea. You are invited.

How do we build this sustainable shipping sector together? Which innovative sustainable ships are around the corner, who is ordering these ships and what is being done to incentivize and finance this transition? In this session, we will highlight what is being done on sustainable shipping in the Dutch sector, and especially in Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe.

You are invited to listen to expert contributions on the future of sustainability in the maritime sector, and ask your questions to learn how you can contribute to making shipping greener.

With contributions from Michael Visser, NIBC bank, Tim van Vrijaldenhoven, Thrust (Towards Hydrogen-based Renewables used for Ship Transportation) and Danny Bergakker, Elkem AS (BICEPS shippers network). Moderator: Marjolein van Noort, finance expert Royal Dutch Shippers Association.

Date: November 7th
Time: 15.30 – 16.15hrs
Place: Europort, Rotterdam Ahoy, ON STAGE (Plaza).
For more information and free registration go to europort.nl

Sustainable Shipping@Sea is a collaboration between Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe, Maritime Delta / Innovation Quarter and the North Sea Foundation.

Blog Maritime Delta by Wilco Stavenuiter from Tetrahedron about the Dutch maritime services shift to Offshore Wind

Three drivers why the majority of the Dutch offshore/maritime-engineers will work in offshore wind soon

1. The size does matter
A sustainable strength of offshore wind against its competitive renewable electricity sources is that size has enormous growth potential. The demand for energy transition challenged engineers to develop many ideas to produce electricity in a renewable matter. Obviously a low Levelized Cost of Energy is a must, in which offshore wind scores reasonably with LCoE of 50-75€/MWh (in the Netherlands North Sea). More important over alternative renewable energy sources, size does matter! Compared to other alternative renewable energy sources, offshore wind is unique for one thing: the possibility to size-up. The installed offshore wind power can size up that much, that it can actually replace the entire fossil fuelled electricity production in the Netherlands. Good news for the maritime cluster. In the Dutch North Sea for instance, today 1GW of offshore wind power is installed, this can be scaled to 50GW. That is an approximate 2500-5000 (of 10-20MW) turbines. A lot of work for several decennia.

2. Wanted: new technology
When a market grows in size, a fleet of diverse dedicated vessels become more cost efficient than a fleet of many oversized general-purpose vessels. Tender by tender the fleet diversification evolves. The large developed offshore oil & gas market shows that the maritime services are highly tailored on the jobs to do. Don’t you foresee a maritime service development for the offshore wind that offers tailored cost-efficient solutions?

I trust that this will happen and therefore there is large demand for offshore/maritime-engineers to develop new technologies to tailor the maritime services for offshore wind. Again a lot of work for the creative offshore/maritime-engineers for the upcoming decenniums.

3. Sustainable Competitive edge of Dutch maritime cluster
Well, although I worked for six years in Asia, I truly believe the Dutch maritime cluster has a great chance for success. First of all, the Netherlands has a natural permanent strategic advantage by its coastal ports; the ports have great inland access, the muddy/sandy-soils allow easy depth-control as well as a good foundation for jack-up-vessels, the Dutch economic system is open and so on. Therefore, the Dutch ports remain a sustainable competitive ground to host offshore wind terminals. Second, on the vessel side we remain competitive. Although shipyards in Asia are tough competitors, for upgrading existing vessels with new technologies the Netherlands is a durable logic location. With respect to the new built vessels, I believe that the Dutch maritime/offshore-engineers are sustainably competitive. The main reason for that is the strength of the maritime cluster. The Netherlands maritime cluster services the offshore wind industry with: turbine designers, contractors, vessel owners, terminals, vessel designers, equipment builders, universities and conversion yards. Collaboration between the parties of the maritime cluster result in synergies that result in international competitive services. We at Tetrahedron foresee that we can even further tighten these synergies by automated engineering communication to improve the Dutch cluster competitiveness in the long term.

In a nutshell
Due to the upsizing potential of offshore wind and demand for a diverse fleet with new technologies we expect a great amount of work for offshore/maritime-engineers. The Netherlands’ geographic location and strong maritime cluster give a sustainable competitive edge in the offshore wind maritime services industry. If you are an offshore/maritime-engineer in the Netherlands and enthusiast to serve the offshore wind industry, you will probably be part of tomorrows biggest maritime service segment. The future is bright for offshore wind business.

About Tetrahedron
Tetrahedron is a technology scale-up company that develops a new type of crane (the Tetrahedron) to install the highest offshore wind turbines from a compact jack-up-vessel.

Wilco Stavenuiter
www.tetrahedron.tech

 

 

 

Duurzame Tour maritieme sector is belangrijke stap voor schonere zeevaart

Tijdens de Duurzame Tour in Rotterdam en Delfzijl werden op 10 oktober maar liefst acht MKB-bedrijven van harte verwelkomd bij zes reders in Zuid-Holland en Groningen om hen te overtuigen van hun duurzame oplossingen. De Nederlandse zeescheepvaart wil namelijk snel verduurzamen. Sneller zelfs dan wereldwijd afgesproken in de Internationale Maritieme Organisatie van de VN. Zo blijkt onder meer uit de dit jaar ondertekende Green Deal Zeevaart, Binnenvaart en Havens.

“We doen mee aan de Duurzame Tour omdat we een pilot of onderzoek willen starten samen met de zeescheepvaart, om de industrie te helpen verduurzamen”, aldus Ruben Geutjens van Qlayers in Zuid-Holland, waar de bedrijven Finsulate, GBM Works, Qlayers, Luijkx Ultrasound en HDM Sustainable Solutions een bezoek brachten aan de reders Jumbo Maritime, Van Oord en Vertom.

De Duurzame Tour is een kleine maar belangrijke stap in de enorme opgave waar de zeevaart voor staat. Het illustreert dat elke kleine stap bijdraagt en de opmaat kan zijn naar een doorbraak. De rol van (technologische) innovaties speelt bij het verduurzamen van de zeegaande vloot een essentiële rol. Er zijn al veel goede en realistische ideeën en tal van  maritieme toeleveranciers zoeken voor hun nieuwe duurzame oplossingen testruimte om de verduurzamingswinst van hun producten te bewijzen. En vanuit de behoefte om met behulp van technologie emissies te verminderen, kunnen reders die rol van launching customer oppakken.

In het Groningse Delfzijl pitchten de bedrijven Zepp Solutions, Marine Performance Systems en Widget Brain hun duurzame oplossing bij de reders Amasus Shipping, Koninklijke Wagenborg, en MF Shipping Group. “Dit zijn hele mooie dingen vanuit het perspectief van de reder om te kijken hoe we onze milieuprestatie kunnen verbeteren”, aldus Environmental Coordinator Bas Luurtsema van MF Shipping Group over de Duurzame Tour.

Duurzame Tour

De Duurzame Tour vond plaats op 10 oktober 2019 en viel daarmee samen met de jaarlijkse Dag van de Duurzaamheid. Doel van deze activiteit is om in Nederland maritieme bedrijven aan elkaar te koppelen vanuit een verduurzamingsbehoefte. De oplossingen, inzichten en praktijkervaring van de ondernemers brengen discussies op gang die bijdragen aan nieuwe samenwerkingen. De deelnemende toeleveranciers zijn geselecteerd op basis van een beoordelingstraject en behoefte vanuit de reders. Om ook jong maritiem talent aan te betrekken werden beide delegaties vergezeld door jongerenambassadeurs van Nederland Maritiem Land. De Duurzame Tour is een initiatief van de Koninklijke Vereniging van Nederlandse Reders, Netherlands Maritime Technology, Stichting De Noordzee, InnovationQuarter en samenwerkingsverband Maritime Delta.

Wilt u meer informatie over deze tour? Neem dan contact op met Hilde Veeken.