About This Webinar
We at ALJ are ecstatic seeing the interest and ever-increasing audience of our virtual shipping forums. Everyone understands that there are still ways to go completely decarbonizing the shipping industry that is why "Decarbonizing Shipping Forum" returns for its second edition. Top business executives and policymakers will dive into debates and share the latest information on future fuels, green port initiatives and the importance of digitalization for efficient & environmentally conscious ship operations.

Event’s website: https://virtualshippingforum.com
  • Future Fuels
  • Energy Efficiency Measures
  • Digital Shipping
  • Engineering Solutions for Sustainability and Better Efficiency
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    Maria Strandesen
    Head of Future Fuels, A.P. Moller – Maersk
    Currently heading up the team that is responsible for identifying, exploring and evaluating carbon neutral fuels relevant for Maersk’s fleet of appr. 750 vessels. The aim being to convert the entire fleet to a fully carbon neutral fleet as soon as possible. Previously Head of Innovation at FORCE Technology with the main task of managing the R&D portfolio as well as strengthening the innovation processes. Previous experience within the area of chemical risk assessments and life cycle analysis.
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    Jakob Steffensen
    Head of Innovation and Partnerships, DFDS
    Jakob Steffensen plays a leading role in the Danish shipping companies’ effort to decarbonize. In addition to the daily work as DFDS innovation lead, he chairs the Danish Shipping Innovation Committee and Green Ship of the Future. He is very active within the Danish Climate Partnerships, the national efforts to achieve 70% CO2 reductions by 2030 via cross sector integrations and knowledge sharing. Jakob is also a member of Danish Shipping Climate Advisory Board and the European Sustainable Shipping Forum.
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    Chris Chatterton
    COO, Methanol Institute
    Over the past 25 years, Mr. Chatterton has worked at the executive level across the energy, shipping, transportation, renewables and chemical sectors, where he has been responsible for creating strategy, fundraising, restructuring, crisis management and operations for both startups and multinationals.

    Prior to joining MI as COO, Mr. Chatterton managed the energy assets for a vertically integrated, leading European family office with an annual turnover of USD 5 bln and core interests in gas, fertilizer & chemical production.

    Chris has led numerous funding rounds for energy and agricultural projects with many successful exits, to include three public offerings in addition to numerous cross-border private placements and is active in the start-up space as a mentor and founder.

    Mr. Chatterton is fluent in Russian and holds an EMBA from HEC Paris.
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    Markus Hoffmann
    Technical Director, I-Tech AB (Selektope)
    Dr. Markus Hoffmann works as Technical Director at I-Tech, a supplier of the active antifouling agent Selektope. Selektope is a metal free biodegradable substance which is used widely to fight hull fouling.

    Dr. Hoffmann has more than ten years’ experience from leading positions in the antifouling coatings industry, he has been responsible for the launch of a number of commercial antifouling products and held several patents on new technologies and new approaches for fouling control.
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    Frank Nieuwenhuis
    Co-Founder, Econowind
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    Nikos Xydas
    Technical Director, WLPG
    Nikos Xydas is the Technical Director of the World LPG Association, WLPGA, in Paris and also of the European LPG Association, Liquid Gas Europe, in Brussels. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Glasgow and his professional background comes from international technical, operations, safety, retail, communications and strategy roles in ABB and then in Shell, mostly in the sectors of LPG, lubricants and retail. In his present role he leads the marine related activities in the LPG industry. He holds a double Greek/French nationality, living in Paris.
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    Matthew Laustrup
    Sales Manager – Carbon and Nature Based Solutions, First Climate
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    Sotiris Raptis
    Director Maritime Safety and Environment, European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)
    Sotiris Raptis joined ECSA last year as director for environment and safety. Previously, Sotiris worked in ESPO as senior advisor for environment and Ecoports’ coordinator and as shipping officer at Transport & Environment being responsible for the clean shipping campaign at IMO and EU level. He also worked at the European Parliament as a policy advisor on environment, transport and legal affairs. A qualified lawyer, Sotiris speaks Greek and English. He studied at the University of Thessaloniki, the University of Athens and the King’s College London Centre of European Law. Sotiris was awarded European Citizens’ Prize 2008 of the European Parliament as member of “G700” blog for promoting intergenerational justice.
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    David Stevens
    CEO & Director, Guardian Maritime
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    Gavin Allwright
    Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA)
    Gavin Allwright is the Secretary General of the International Windship Association (IWSA). Established in 2014, this member driven not-for-profit is working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. Alongside his work as association secretary, he also leads the policy work stream, requiring regular attendance at IMO, EU and national government level meetings and sits on the stakeholders advisory committee for the MTCC network at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

    Gavin is also a non-executive board member for the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), a work package leader on the EU Interreg Wind Assist Ship Propulsion (WASP) and advisor on various shipping decarbonisation projects. He is also a regular guest lecturer at the UN World Maritime University (WMU) and holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries and was an expert reviewer for the IPCC special report on 1.5C climate change.
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    Mehmet Atlar
    Dept. of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, The University of Strathclyde
    GATERS is a collaborative European project under the EC H2020, bringing together 18 European technology experts and prime stakeholders to explore the first “Retrofit Application” of novel propulsion and manoeuvring device for ships called “Gate Rudder System”. This system has already shown a remarkable fuel saving (max of 14% in trials and 30% in-service) as a sole energy-saving and excellent manoeuvring device as the world’s first new-build application on 402 TEU coastal container ship (Shigenobu) in Japan. However, the GATERS project aims to demonstrate the emission and economic advantages of the Gate Rudder System as a Retrofit for the first time.

    This presentation presents the details of this three-year Innovation Action project, which has kicked off in February 2021 and discusses the expected impact by applying the world’s first retrofit gate rudder application on a 4749 DWT coastal general cargo vessel (M/V Erge) in Turkey.
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    John W. Butler
    President and CEO, World Shipping Council
    John Butler was named President and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC) in August 2015 after serving as General Counsel for the association since 2010.

    Prior to joining the World Shipping Council, John was a Partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Sher & Blackwell, where he served as outside counsel to the WSC. For almost two decades, he advised liner shipping companies and trade associations on regulatory, commercial, security, hazardous materials, environmental, contract and anti-trust issues. He has represented the liner shipping industry in federal agency rulemakings, legislative activities, and federal court litigation on a broad range of security, environmental, regulatory and commercial matters.

    John has been admitted to the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C., Ninth, and Third Circuits. He is a former President of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association.

    John began his legal career as a Law Clerk in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from George Washington University Law School.
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    Stian Aakre
    CEO, TECO 2030
    Stian Aakre has over 30 years’ experience within environmental technology, both shore-based and marine, and sustainability concepts and applications. He holds an MSc from the Norwegian Institute of Technology as well as specialization within Business Development and Industrial Market analysis.

    He is currently CEO of TECO 2030, an innovative engineering and equipment development company aiming to significantly increase the use of renewable energy and reduce the environmental footprint of the shipping industry.
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    Kerry Strøm
    Marine Operations Coordinator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s
    Kerry Strøm is the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Marine Operations Coordinator for R/V Neil Armstrong, R/V Atlantis, HOV Alvin, ROV Jason and AUV Sentry.

    With 24 years of maritime operations experience on & off shore in the commercial and academic maritime sector, she is keen to find synergies to merge science and industry to learn more about our oceans, to advance our understanding and ability to find solutions to our challenges through unlikely collaborations while having fun!
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    Bjørn Berger
    Head of Department Performance Advisory Maritime, DNV
    Bjørn has worked in DNV GL for more than 25 years. He has an education from Glasgow University and started his first job in DNV GL in the research department. He also worked in the Aberdeen office for seven years. In 2000 he participated BT Global Challenge round the world race as watch captain on Sprit of Hong Kong sailing around the world "the wrong way". In recent years, he has worked in Maritime Advisory, where he is the Head of Department for the Performance Advisory unit in Norway, responsible for environmental and cost optimization related services. As head Performance Advisory I manage a team of over 60 consultants with an annual revenue of more than 120MNOK. I am currently actively involved with services related to decarbonisation and digitalization in shipping.
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    Dallas Smith
    Vice President of LNG and Offshore, Liberian Registry
    Dallas Smith is the Vice President of LNG and Offshore for the Liberian Registry. He is also the General Manager of the Liberian Registry’s Houston’s office. Dallas leads the service delivery and brand management of the Registry within the LNG sector (to include newbuildings of LNG-as-fuel powered ships and LNG carriers), and Offshore sectors globally. In addition, he manages the Houston office by providing oversight of the Registry’s interface with regulatory, commercial, operational, and compliance of all vessel platforms.
    Dallas joined the Liberian Registry after 20 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. During his final 6 years in the Coast Guard, he ran the Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise. Where he was responsible for executing the USCG’s entire liquefied gas safety, security, and environmental compliance mission around the world. He holds an M.B.A. with honors from Liberty University, B.S. degrees with honors in Technology Management and Organizational Leadership from University of Houston, and an A.A.S. in Electronic Engineering from Thomas Edison State College.