Operating a fuel efficient and sustainable vessel is the result of an optimised ship design, energy efficient power and propulsion systems, low-emission fuels or abatement technologies, access to reliable and transparent fuel consumption data, and mindful operation regarding sustainability. The IMO 2020 global sulphur cap has been the focus for the shipping community the last few months and as it draws closer there is increasing urgency to understand which fuels and technologies will ensure compliance, and more importantly which ones are proven, compatible, safe, and widely available. Furthermore, rising fuel prices and the IMO’s 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 50 per cent by 2050 provide additional pressure to design, build, and operate carbon neutral ships. This conference in Cyprus will examine the steps to efficient ship performance from designing and building ships with new EEDIs, to implementing advanced power and propulsion systems. The conference will also discuss the alternative fuels market, including LNG and hydrogen, and the growth of hybrid electric vessels and scalability of batteries and fuel cells. The operation of a vessel and the mindset of the crew are significant drivers of vessel efficiency and it is vital that they have the tools, knowledge, and motivation to make fuel efficiency improvements. The forum will discuss how shipowners, operators, and managers can ensure their teams have the right mindset to drive energy efficiency. The day will also give the opportunity for speakers and delegates to share experiences on overcoming technical challenges associated with highly advanced ships and systems. VPO Cyprus will allow shipping and maritime players to discuss current and future solutions to tackle urgent environmental issues and how shipping can be made more fuel efficient and sustainable through transparency, communication, and collaboration. 

Session 1

Ship Design and Building for Energy Efficiency

This session will look at new ships designs with the IMO 2050 GHG emissions reduction target in mind, the latest developments in modelling and shipbuilding software for the design of fuel efficient ships, the role of shipowners and operators in design, and how smart ship technology is being integrated at the design stage.

Session 2

Power and Propulsion

Session 2 will examine the current power and propulsion market including alternative fuels and the scalability of batteries and fuel cells. The session will look at the developments in engine and propulsion system design and operation. The second session of the day will also cover the developments in propulsion monitoring and advanced data analytics for performance and energy management.

Session 3

Operational and Technical Challenges

Operating in a tighter regulatory environment with rising oil prices, new and unknown fuel blends, and advanced fuel management systems can present additional technical challenges for ship operators, managers, and crew. The last session of the day will look at some key challenges around operating technically advanced ships, the upkeep of advanced ships and their systems, and the effects on maintenance and dry-docking schedules.