The technology group Wärtsilä actively supports a co-programmed partnership between the European Commission and the Waterborne Technology Platform. The aim of the partnership is to demonstrate emission-free solutions for all major ship types and services before 2030, which enable emission-free shipping before 2050. A partnership agreement is due to be signed during the European Research and Innovation Days on June 23rd.
Wärtsilä contributed to the preparatory phase of the partnership agreement and will support the internal processes of the program by helping to define the strategic goals of the partnership, to monitor and control its progress and to ensure the proper functioning of the partnership.
Wärtsilä has taken a leading role in the drive to decarbonise the shipping industry through its research into carbon-neutral fuels and the development of related engine technology. The fuels examined include bio and synthetic LNG, ammonia, methanol, hydrogen and biofuels. In 2015, Wärtsilä successfully converted a RoPax ship to run on methanol fuel. Wärtsilä is also a participant in the EU project ShipFC to develop fuel storage systems for the world’s first ammonia-powered ship. This year the ship will also be equipped with an ammonia-powered internal combustion engine – another world first.
“We fully support the goals and work of this partnership and those of the IMO, which are fully in line with our own strategies and our commitment to emission-free shipping solutions. In order to achieve the goals of the partnership, time is of the essence, so working with qualified partners, customers and stakeholders from the industry is just as essential as the implementation of existing intelligent technologies. That is why we will continue to be very involved, ”says Mikael Wideskog, Director, Sustainable Fuels & Decarbonisation, Wärtsilä Marine Power.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set itself the goal of reducing total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008. In addition, the goal was set to reduce the CO2 intensity of shipping by 40 percent by 2030, which underlines the need for the rapid introduction of existing and new intelligent technologies.
The partnership brings together most of the European shipping sector, including the European maritime technology sector (shipyards and marine equipment manufacturers), most container transport capacities worldwide, excellent research and cluster organizations, universities, class societies, inland shipping and associations representing the broader shipping sector.
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