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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 

The recent mtu Virtual Marine Summit, a virtual conference involving more than 2000 participants from 84 countries, reached the conclusion that shipping must become more climate-friendly and tackle the fundamental transformation needed to achieve this immediately.

VP Global Marine, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Denise Kurtulus, said: “The great response shows how important the topic of climate change and climate-neutral solutions is to the players in the shipping industry,” said . “We will only find solutions together, with the interaction of propulsion manufacturers, ship owners, shipyards and politicians. That is why it was so important to provide a platform for the exchange of all relevant players with our Summit.”

In his opening speech, Prof Dr Hans-Otto Pörtner, member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and marine biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute, said: “The scientific facts speak for themselves: to achieve our climate goals, no more compromises are possible in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. On the path towards climate neutrality, we need the cooperation of the shipping industry, too. But the shipping sector is characterized by a relatively large inertia in the transformation that is needed to reach those climate targets.”

Rolls-Royce Power Systems believes that its willingness to work with its partners and customers to develop urgently needed technologies and bring them into use was made clear by the 11 sessions with practical examples. Hybrid and battery-electric drive solutions, fuel cells and synthetic fuels were discussed as well as the role of digitalisation and autonomous control in increasing the efficiency of drives. Representatives of well-known companies in the shipping industry, including Svitzer, Damen Shipyard, Schottel, Sea Machines Robotics, Water Emergency Transportation Authority of San Francisco (WETA) and Duisburger Hafen presented their projects for 'greener' shipping.

Many of these projects are being tackled and implemented together with Rolls-Royce Power Systems. This is no coincidence, said Daniel Chatterjee, head of the company’s Green and High-Tech programme: “As part of our future strategy PS 2030, we are currently transforming ourselves from an engine supplier to a provider of integrated sustainable solutions. This includes the development of climate-friendly future technologies, in which we will invest around 500 million euros this decade.”

The company says it is currently developing into a pioneer and partner in the field of climate-friendly drive and energy solutions. The fact that it will only be possible to meet the challenge of climate change and bring about the urgently needed far-reaching change in the shipping industry if all relevant players contribute and interact was emphasised in many of the discussion rounds.

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