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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 

Japan-based company Eco Marine Power (EMP) has renamed and extended its maritime technology forum in order to further facilitate the exchange of ideas between ship owners, ship managers and technology providers.

The group, first formed in February 2021, is now known as the Aquarius Innovation Forum and brings together twelve companies ranging from ship owners to telecoms and IT consulting. The Aquarius Innovation Forum will include founding members EMP, Adnoc Logistics and Services, Zeaborn Ship Management(Singapore), StarBulk, Furukawa Battery and Teramoto Iron Works, plus recent additions Ardmore Shipping, Nakashima Propeller, Neptune Lines, Surfwave and Sojitz Kyushu Corporation.

The forum members will exchange ideas and information related to reducing vessel emissions, lowering fuel consumption, and improving energy efficiency plus engage in discussions covering a wide range of topics including decarbonisation, energy transition, alternative fuels and emerging new propulsion technologies. Several joint projects will be commenced during 2022 with one project already underway.

Capt Ninad Sharad Mhatre, MD Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) said: "We are pleased to work with Eco Marine Power and other founding partners in this forum - this is the right time for such cooperation between industry leaders, for developing innovative solutions to comply with an increasing regulatory regime. Regulators will not provide us with answers - we have to collaborate and do this ourselves, for the greater good of the maritime industry."

Greg Atkinson, EMP CTO, said: “The Aquarius Innovation Forum brings together a broad range of companies with a commitment towards moving shipping along the energy transition pathway. During 2022 we look forward to welcoming further companies onboard so that we can expand upon the scope of topics discussed and encourage the forum members to think beyond boundaries as we seek innovative maritime solutions.”

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