New research group to look outside shipping for green solutions

A research group formed by Eco Marine Power (EMP) is seeking to draw inspiration from a range of sectors to focus on energy saving, emissions reduction and decarbonisation solutions in shipping.

The Eco Marine Power Research Institute Advisory Group comprises founding partners ADNOC Logistics and Services, ZEABORN Ship Management Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), StarBulk, The Furukawa Battery Company of Japan and Teramoto Iron Works.

The research group will focus on the exchange of ideas and solutions related to the energy transition and shipping to help guide further research into topics ranging from zero emission ships to innovative energy saving devices and strategies.

During the year, the group plans to expand to include a broader range of views, said EMP, which also said that other member companies ‘from inside and outside shipping’ would be sought.

Among its primary aims, the Eco Marine Power Research Institute Advisory Group will seek to highlight topics and subject areas related to ship energy efficiency, as well as study technology-based and/or operational related solutions that could be utilised to facilitate decarbonisation in shipping.

Additionally, it will aim to provide guidance to companies within the EMP Research Institute regarding future R&D and solution development projects, while at the same time look outside shipping for possible solutions that could be adapted for use on-board ships.

‘We need to find new ways to tackle the challenges posed by increased regulatory requirements and decarbonisation targets – reduced crew complements are finding it increasingly difficult to cope using conventional methods, which have proven to be inadequate,’ said Ninad Sharad Mhatre, Deputy Managing Director at Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore).

‘Zeaborn is committed to digitalisation and seeks to work with like-minded partners, to find innovative solutions through adoption of emerging technology – the end-goal is to make shipping efficient, safer and reduce our carbon foot-print,’ Mhatre added.

Group meetings and activities will be coordinated by the Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power, Greg Atkinson, and the first online meeting will be held this month.

Companies that are interested in joining the group or making a presentation to the group are encouraged to contact Eco Marine Power.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry