|Here are a couple more views on what we can look forward to in 2019!
Angus Campbell, Corporate Director Energy Projects, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management
Shipping is certainly facing an interesting year, as we approach a cleaner and more efficient future. The path to IMO 2020 is finally becoming clear on fuel choice, but not yet on fuel price. As we enter 2019, increasing environmental concern over the use of open loop scrubbers in coastal waters is becoming evident. While attention is focused on sulphur, we are looking over the horizon at the reducing carbon footprint of shipping. This is forcing evaluation of the impact that will have on operational profiles and propulsion choices for new ships. I would characterise this as the internal decision process for our industry this year. However, the external decision process may be equally influential.
It is now crystal clear that shipping does not operate in a vacuum but is seen as an integral part of the global value chain. This industrial base is already deeply concerned about climate change and corporate responsibility. Consequently, shipping companies that identify with this trend are demonstrating empathy with their customer base in a beneficial way. There are numerous examples of major shipping companies planning how to transition towards a lower carbon future. There are certainly challenges to overcome, but the commercial advantage is also within reach for those bold enough to persevere! Complex issues that will not be completed in 2019, but I am sure that progress will be exciting.
And some of my thoughts:
Carleen Lyden Walker, Chief Evolution Officer of SHIPPINGInsight and Co-Founder & Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)
Using my cloudy crystal ball, I see two important themes for BlueTech: movement towards zero carbon emissions and a need to specifically target how technology will enable the maritime industry to be safer and more efficient. The only tech that will gain traction in the commercial world needs to demonstrate RELEVANCE, not just a transfer from terrestrial applications. Shipping is being inundated with proposals— ocean tech will have to prove its “value add”.
| Carleen Lyden Walker
Chief Evolution Officer
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