LR unveils first members of Maritime Decarbonisation Hub advisory panel

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has today (11 January) named the industry experts who have joined the advisory panel of its Maritime Decarbonisation Hub.

LRE said that the panel is ‘made up of representatives from across the industry’ and its membership includes:

– Ole Graa Jakobsen – VP Head of Fleet Technology at AP Moller-Maersk

– Tom Strang – Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs at Carnival Maritime

– Aoife O’Leary – Director at Environmental Defense Fund

– Damien Speight – Head of Markets Innovation at Orsted

– Katy Ware – Director of UK Maritime Services at the MCA.

The advisory panel will report into a Governance Board made up of representatives from Lloyd’s Register Group and Foundation, which will meet quarterly to review the programme.

As previously reported, LR’s Maritime Decarbonisation Hub was launched in October 2020.

LR’s Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Charles Haskell, commented: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome the Advisory Panel onboard our Maritime Decarbonisation Hub. They represent different areas of shipping, from regulators to shipowners, as well as energy providers outside of the industry, which will help us pinpoint the challenges these areas are facing. Their role is fundamental in ensuring that the Hub works in line with its primary mission which is to help the shipping industry safely and sustainably transition to a decarbonised fleet.’

Katy Ware, who is Director of UK Maritime Services at the MCA and also the UK’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said: ‘As a world and as an industry, we undoubtedly face challenges to address the ongoing effects of climate change but it’s also a real opportunity for those of us who lead maritime standards globally to show that we can drive it forward. As the UK Flag, we will do all we can to ensure that regulation and innovation go hand in hand to keep ships and seafarers safe while working with industry to push forward targets in decarbonisation. It’s vital that we support industry but it’s equally vital we make maritime sustainable to protect our seas and the wider world for future generations.’

Aoife O’Leary, Director at Environmental Defense Fund, added: “Shipping must begin its move away from fossil fuels immediately if it is to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and prevent the worst effects of a warming planet. The Hub is a great initiative that can make it happen, bringing together progressive players that can show the rest of the maritime industry and regulators how decarbonisation can be done right and quickly.

‘Creation of the Hub is yet another proof that shipping can decarbonise, that there are technological solutions to do so and that the industry is keen on moving faster than currently required by the regulators.’

In related news, the findings of the Lloyd’s List and Lloyd’s Register shipping decarbonisation survey have also just been released.
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