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Since coming under increasing pressure to decarbonize, by both its international regulator and its climate-conscious customers, the international shipping industry has started seriously considering and making investments in technology that enables the exploitation of clean, free renewable wind energy.

To address optimizing wind-assisted propulsion through automation, Lean Marine and Smart Green Shipping will host a virtual industry discussion on March 23. Discussions will focus on real-industry applications and technologies in addition to focusing on building a ‘real’ hybrid solution between wind-assisted technology and the existing propulsion system.

Three speakers dedicated to getting the shipping industry to zero carbon operations will provide their expert views and participate in an interactive panel discussion: Florent VIOLAIN, President of Association Wind-Ship in France, Diane Gilpin, Founder and CEO of Smart Green Shipping and Sarah Zitouni, Regional Sales Manager at Lean Marine. The virtual seminar will be moderated by the Secretary General of the International Windship Association, Gavin Allwright.

This live, 1-hour webinar will be broadcast on Tuesday, March 23 at 09:00 GMT/10.00 CET/17.00 SGT
  • Florent Violain - Perception of wind-assisted ship operations and the role of wind power in the future of shipping
  • Diane Gilpin - Fully automated sail technology FastRigs and its integration on a retrofit vessel
  • Sarah Zitouni - Get a true Hybrid propulsion with FuelOpt™
  • Panel discussion: Building a ‘real’ hybrid solution between wind-assisted technology and the existing propulsion system
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    Gavin Allwright
    Secretary General of International Windship Association
    Gavin Allwright is the Secretary General of the International Windship Association (IWSA). Established in 2014, this not-for-profit has grown to 130+ members from across the shipping industry and 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 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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    Florent Violain
    President of Association Wind Ship in France
    Florent is President of the Association Wind-Ship established in France in 2019. Emerging from IWSA’s Europe Atlantic Hub initiated in 2017, a group including some French IWSA members decided to accelerate the wind-ship’s sector momentum by pooling efforts. The core action is to blend local development and international networks. While supporting IWSA’s action on the international stage, the local group is also developing a local ecosystem to enable wind propulsion technology take-off. Projects’ developers, future shipowners and wind-propulsion technology suppliers join forces to share best practices and pave the way for wind propulsion’s route to market – under the sign of friendliness and trust because the technological adventure will not be without human adventure.

    Florent is also developing eOdyn’s company services for shipping and offshore energy industry, supporting emissions reduction and efficiency improvement in maritime operations. Through SaaS decision support tools used onboard vessels as well as for desktop studies, the company bridges the gap between machine learning, oceanography and seafaring.
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    Diane Gilpin
    CEO of Smart Green Shipping
    Diane Gilpin leads Smart Green Shipping, a collaborative industry initiative designed to develop technically, commercially and environmentally superior systems solutions for shipping.

    SGS accelerates commercially viable solutions through transferring technology and knowledge from offshore yacht racing, F1, renewable energy, aviation and defence to complement deep commercial maritime expertise.
    SGS is currently working on a project retrofitting dry bulk ships with FastRig wingsails. Project partners include the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Drax, the UK’s largest renewable power generator, and shipowners/operators, UltraBulk.

    Diane advises the UK Government as a member of the Clean Maritime Council, is a ‘Green Shipping Expert’ for Waterborne Transport Platform. She won an InnovateUK ‘Women in Innovation Award’ in 2016, ‘One to Watch’ at Ship Efficiency Awards 2015. She co-designed and co-organised the Ambition 1.5: Global Shipping’s Action Plan at COP23 in Bonn in 2017.
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    Sarah Zitouni
    Regional Sales Manager, Lean Marine
    Sarah Zitouni is an engine enthusiast with a strong environmental consciousness. After her studies as a mechanical engineer specialized in engine design, she worked as a crankshaft designer and analyst at AVL on projects for Volvo Penta, Wärtsilä, and MAN for 2,5 years and as an account manager for 2 years. Her awareness about the growing ecological crisis has driven her to focus on green technologies. Since 2018, Sarah works as Regional Sales Manager at Lean Marine and is committed to supporting the ship owners and operators with their fuel savings and emissions reduction goals.
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    Deniz Aydinoglu