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Thursday, November 15, 2018 

At the Propulsion & Future Fuels 2018 conference, keynote addresses from IMO, MAN Energy Solutions and Wartsila centred around the emissions outlook for the commercial shipping industry.

Harry Conway, Vice Chairman, IMO MEPC (Marine Environmental Protection Committee), started by discussing the real and urgent threat of global warming that needs to be addressed, but reinforced that for this to happen the industry would first need to achieve a general consensus on the issue.

Conway looked to the audience to ask if the future looked promising and responded saying that their presence at this conference “was a testament to the fact we are all interested in finding a solution to the problems the earth faces”.

Thomas Knudsen, Senior VP – Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions was optimistic that IMO targets could be met, explaining that he was positive that it was possible but would require an “all hands on deck attitude”.

A shipowner panel discussing ‘Investing in the future fleet’ provided the audience with a frank and honest discussion on where they see the future of commercial shipping heading.

John Bradshaw from the International Chamber of shipping reaffirmed the popular opinion that scrubbers do have a place in the future mix, but that a “holistic, joined-up approach” with regard to future fuel and propulsion choices was necessary. Finishing on a high Bradshaw commented that despite the challenges facing them, the 2050 target is achievable and that as an industry “commercial shipping has a good history of doing what it is told to do”.

The conference, in Hamburg, is organised by Mercator Media.

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