Monday, January 11, 2021

Panel to Assist Fight to Decarbonise Global Shipping Appointed

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UK – WORLDWIDE – With the decarbonisation of the maritime sector taking such a major place in the global fight against climate change, Lloyd's Register (LR) has taken a significant step toward the administration and implementation of its Maritime Decarbonisation Hub, launched in October 2020 and dedicated to the cause.

LR’s Maritime Decarbonisation Hub is a dedicated centre of excellence to accelerate the safe, sustainable and cost-effective decarbonisation of world shipping in support of delivering greenhouse gas reduction targets. Now the industry experts who have joined the advisory panel of the Hub have been named. LR’s Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Charles Haskell said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Advisory Panel on board our Maritime Decarbonisation Hub. They represent different areas of shipping, from regulators to ship owners, 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.”

The panel of stakeholders includes major shipping industry players whose job it will be to report into a Governance Board made up of representatives from Lloyd’s Register Group and Foundation, which will meet quarterly and review all aspects of the programme. The five named panel members are:

Katy Ware, Director of UK Maritime Services at the MCA is also the UK’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization. She commented:

“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.”

Damien Speight, Head of Markets Innovation at Orsted harked back to the history of the Register itself when he observed:

“Great things often start small, a raindrop can start a waterfall, sharing a cup of coffee in 1760 started Lloyd’s Register. Since that first coffee, Lloyd’s Register have been at the heart of maritime innovation, guiding shipping through its major fuel transitions. The launching of the Decarbonisation Maritime Hub, marks another turning point in maritime history, a small step towards a carbon free future. I am looking forward to my first Lloyd’s Register coffee on the advisory panel and sharing ideas and vision as how we can put the wind back in our sails.”

The Environmental Defense Fund set up its operation over half a century ago in New York to battle ecological issues around the globe. Aoife O’Leary, serves as a Director of its European operation. She said:

“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.”

The naming of the members of the LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub advisory panel follows the launch of the Future Seascapes virtual art exhibition in December 2020.

Photo: An image from the Future Seascapes virtual gallery. (Turner’s ‘The Fighting Temeraire’)