【DE】NGO vs. Shipowners: Together for a clean shipping?

The gmec, the global maritime environmental congress, opens its doors to the general public for the first time. On 07. In September, there will be a public panel as part of the gmec conference in which anyone who is interested in the topic can participate. Here, environmentalists discuss climate protection in shipping with greats in the maritime industry.


“Is the maritime industry enough to decarbonize shipping?” This question is addressed by the public NGO panel as part of the environmental conference gmec on the 7th. September from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Sönke Diesener from the environmental organization Nabu, for example, is present. Above all, the greenwashing of many cruise providers is a thorn in his side: “The fact that most ships are still operated with dirty heavy oil is a scandal against the background of advertising-effective lip service for environmental protection.” At the NGO panel, Diesener meets, among other things, AIDA Cruises Head of Communications Hansjörg Kunze. The shipping company is considered a pioneer of green drive technology. Two ships in the fleet are already sailing on LNG liquefied natural gas. Can Kunze imagine hydrogen-powered fuel cells on board its cruise ships in the future? And what ideas does Thomas Wiese, Director Strategy & Innovation at Siemens Energy Marine, have for cleaner shipping? BIMCO Vice-President Lars Robert Pedersen classifies how the World Maritime Association evaluates the alternative drives. What is already technically possible, outlines technology expert Dr. Daniel Chatterjee from Rolls-Royce.


The entire program of gmec at a glance. The NGO panel is open to the general public. The tickets are available for 25 euros, instead of the regular panel price of 330 euros, and also entitle you to visit the fair on the 7th. September. All prices can be found here. Pupils and students have on the 9th. September free admission to the SMM. On this day, the Maritime Career Market (MCM) takes place. The MCM brings companies and job seekers together, a win for both sides


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