On 29th March 2022, Ardmore Shipping participated in the e1 Marine “Participate in Progress: Getting Hydrogen to Work” conference.
The event hosted stakeholders across the industry from fuel producers and class societies to naval architects and regulatory bodies to discuss the viability of hydrogen as a sustainable future fuel for shipping.
The event focused on three panel discussions which explored how inland waterway, ports, and shortsea and deep-sea shipping can benefit from using hydrogen fuel and the challenges needing to be navigated.
Mark Cameron, Ardmore Shipping COO joined Bryan Reid, Chief Sales Officer, RIX Industries, Mike Webber, Managing Partner, Armistead Street Capital Partners and David Lee, VP of Sales, Global Workboat Responsible, ABB on “The Future of Port Power” panel. The group discussed how hydrogen can provide solutions for reducing emissions during cold ironing. With growing social, regulatory, and financial demands for greater sustainability, discussed focused on how ports are looking to meet their dynamic energy demands in adaptive, flexible, and scalable ways.
Mark Cameron, COO, Ardmore Shipping, commented on the value of testing and analysis: “The creation of green corridors will help open up the world to show how change will happen. Intelligence and insight drives change and being able to analyze distinct routes will allow and enable the industry to scrutinize and evaluate particular hubs. These sorts of solution will create the demand naturally and demonstrate what works for the industry to make the drastic changes that needs to happen.”
Garry Noonan, Ardmore’s Director of Innovation also joined the final panel on “Fuels of today and tomorrow for short-sea and deep-sea shipping” alongside Robert Schluter, Managing Director, e1 Marine, Matthías Ólafsson, Government & Public Affairs, Methanol InstituteandPrasanna Colluru, Director Corporate Strategy, Future Proof Shipping. The panel highlighted the IMO decarbonization targets and the imminent EU ETS, proposed to begin in 2023.
Garry Noonan, Director of Innovation, Ardmore Shipping highlighted the importance of collaboration: “There are many ongoing discussions about different future fuels and transition fuels. What shipping needs is tangible proven results which requires significant investment and collaboration to succeed. At Ardmore, when we were developing our energy transition plan, we wanted to see proven solutions. For example, the e1 Marine hydrogen generator delivered the results and demonstrated there is a solution already available. The shipping industry need more projects like e1 Marine’s hydrogen generator to get where we need to go.”
The event discussions concluded with remarks on the importance of availability, low cost and infrastructure of methanol and how this provides the foundation for development in hydrogen in transforming shipping today.
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