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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 

Dutch research organisation MARIN says that its ZERO JIP, a joint industry project intending to help prepare the maritime sector for the changes to be faced in the maritime energy transition, will be launching on 16 October.

MARIN says that under ZERO JIP, the partners will design, build and test prototypes of the Engine Room of the Future to assure reliable future operations in realistic conditions.

According to MARIN, the energy transition and decarbonisation of the maritime sector is well underway. New (IMO and other) regulations will transform ship propulsion to carbon neutral and ultimately zero emission operations. This creates business opportunities, but is also very challenging. It raises many questions and uncertainties. Given the relatively long life cycle of ships, upcoming choices for ship owners, shipyards and naval architects are difficult to make. What will be the fuels of the next decade, how energy will be stored on board, distributed and managed, which power system will impose itself and fulfil the ambitions, which bunkering will be available in most harbours? MARIN is proposing the ZERO JIP to prepare ourselves as maritime sector for these questions together.

Following the initial informative organised in March 2020, showing the highlights of the ZERO JIP initiative, the project kicks off on October 16 2020 and will have a duration of two years. So far the following have confirmed their participation: Dutch Defense Material Organisation (DMO), Dutch National Shipping Organisation (Rijksrederij), Royal Westminster Boskalis, Bureau Veritas, Damen, MTU Rolls-Royce, SanLorenzo yachts, Oceanco, Royal IHC, Port of Rotterdam, Navantia and MARIN. Several other companies have expressed interest and are in the final stage of contract signing. New participants are welcomed.

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