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Maritime Hybrid, Electric & Hydrogen Fuel Cells Conference, Bergen 2021

09:00 - 18:00

Powering the drive towards a sustainable maritime sector


Shortly after the successful launch of our Maritime Hybrid & Electric and Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Conferences in Bergen in 2019, the world was hit by COVID-19 and we moved to delivering our portfolio of European, North American and Asian hybrid and electric events online.


We are now delighted to be back in person bringing together industry leaders at this year’s Maritime Hybrid, Electric & Hydrogen Fuel Cells event in Bergen on 18-20 October 2021.


Driven by the compelling benefits of reduced fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and lower-cost maintenance, the adoption of hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies is accelerating across the maritime sector. These clean technologies will play a pivotal role in the decades to come as the maritime sector transitions towards decarbonisation.

This year’s agenda, delivered by leading authorities in the sector, will provide a detailed analysis of technology and regulatory developments over the past 12 months. It will cover innovations in battery and fuel cell technology, showcase the benefits of electrification, consider the long-term benefits of hydrogen fuel cells, assess the safety factors, and present the latest updates on projects from across Europe.



For testimonials check out the highlights video from our September 2019 conference in Bergen, Norway.

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All Speakers

Carina Krastel

Carina Krastel

Commercial Director
European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC)
Grzegorz Pawelec

Grzegorz Pawelec

Research, Innovation and Funding Manager
Hydrogen Europe
Ivan Østvik

Ivan Østvik

Project Manager
Norled AS
Joseph W. Pratt

Joseph W. Pratt

Zero Emission Industries
Kolbjorn Berge

Kolbjorn Berge

Project Manager - Innovation & New Technology
Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA)
Louis Vercauter

Louis Vercauter

Project Manager
CMB. Tech
Maria Bos

Maria Bos

Mark Handin

Mark Handin

Maersk Supply Service
Paul Turner

Paul Turner

Managing Director
Sebastian Toft

Sebastian Toft

Senior Business Development Manager
Maersk Supply Service
Simon Clark

Simon Clark

Research Scientist - New Energy Solutions
SINTEF Industry
Siv Remøy-Vangen

Siv Remøy-Vangen

Managing Director
Maritime Bergen
Steve Esau

Steve Esau

General Manager
Sveinung Oftedal

Sveinung Oftedal

Specialist Director, Department for Marine Management and Pollution Control
Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Pollution

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Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Programme   Day 1

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Maritime Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Programme

Hydrogen fuel cell technology is seen by many in the industry to be the ultimate solution to the zero-emission challenge. This one-day programme highlights the latest industry intelligence, initiatives and developments in hydrogen fuel cells in the maritime sector.



08:00 Registration, coffee and networking


09:00 Welcome and introduction from Riviera Maritime Media
Edwin Lampert, Executive Editor & Head of Business Relations, Riviera Maritime Media

09:10 Spotlight interview: Norway’s aspirations to become a pioneer in maritime hydrogen technology

  • Exploring the potential of hydrogen and fuel cells as a maritime fuel
  • Hydrogen technology R&D
  • Government initiatives driving industry take-up
  • Advances in vessel technology to enable utilisation of hydrogen
  • Strategies for meeting infrastructure requirements


The opening session will set the scene by providing an update on the hydrogen and fuel cells sector and review the new EGHAC initiative.


09:30 Overview of the hydrogen and fuel cells sector

  • Key trends and drivers
  • Assessing supply and demand
  • Supply chain considerations
  • Infrastructure issues
  • Vessel applications

Grzegorz Pawelec, Research, Innovation and Funding Manager, Hydrogen Europe


09:50 Review of the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC)

  • Why green hydrogen?
  • Supporting industrial green hydrogen projects, accelerating their time to market and derisking the investment
  • Review of the flagship project, H2 Green Steel

Carina Krastel, Commercial Director, European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center


10:10 Open discussion and Q&A

10:30 Networking coffee break



Key industry experts will assess the regulatory scene, demonstrate the business case and consider the financing aspects of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vessels for coastal, shortsea and deepsea shipping.


11:10 Regulation to drive the advancement of hydrogen as a maritime fuel

  • Identifying the regulatory barriers
  • Lack of regulatory framework and impact on technology development
  • What regulation is required, and will regulation accelerate the process?
  • Risk assessments
  • Safety codes, standards and guidelines for design and operation of hydrogen-powered vessels

Kolbjørn Berge, Head of Green Shipping, Innovation and New Technologies, Norwegian Maritime Authority


11:30 Aligning business objectives with zero-emissions aspirations

  • Recognising the benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells
  • Balancing cost versus benefit
  • Assessing whole-life costs
  • Improving fuel efficiencies
  • Applying new technology

11:50 Addressing the hydrogen and fuel cells financing conundrum

  • Is more government funding needed to drive investment from industry?
  • Government incentives based on emissions
  • The need for private investment – where will this come from?
  • What is needed to encourage stakeholders to invest in green fuels?

12:10 Open discussion and Q&A

12:30 Networking coffee break



This session will showcase the industry’s pioneering projects and discuss why hydrogen could be the key to meeting zero-emissions targets in the shipping arena.


13:40 Zero Emission Industries hydrogen fuel cell activities

  • Update on hydrogen fuel cell technology and uptake
  • An introduction to the world’s first commercial fuel cell powered ferry
  • Latest experiences and lessons learned from previous projects
  • A look to the future

Joseph W. Pratt, CEO & CTO, Zero Emission Industries


14:00 Case study: MF Hydra the world’s first LH2-powered ship

  • What are the benefits and pitfalls of hydrogen fuel cells?
  • Barriers to adoption
  • Future application in the coastal and shortsea shipping sectors
  • Key data from developing and building the world’s first LH2-powered vessel
  • What does the future hold?

Ivan Østvik, Project Manager, Norled


14:20 Case study: Experiences from the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger ferry

  • Hydroville - delivering emission free transportation through hydrogen technology
  • How Hyroville has led to the development of further hydrogen powered vessels including Hydro Bingo (80 person ferry in Japan) and Hydro Cat (CTV)
  • Activities to provide hydrogen to power vessels
  • Experiences to date, and plans for the future

Paul Turner, Managing Director, CMB.TECH
Louis Vercauter, Project Manager, CMB.TECH


14:40 Open discussion and Q&A

15:00 Networking coffee break



This session will review the various alternative fuels being considered by the industry, assess the production and storage considerations, refuelling challenges and what needs to be done to increase take-up in the maritime sector.


15:40 Future fuels for maritime application

  • Hydrogen, methanol and ammonia
  • Benefits, challenges and opportunities for the maritime market
  • Assessing the cost implications

16:00 Role of renewables in fuelling the shipping and maritime industry of the future

  • Renewable energy options for shipping
  • Renewable energy solutions to support energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the sector
  • Green hydrogen and e-fuels
  • Utilising power generated from offshore windfarms

16:20 Hydrogen production, storage and transportation

  • Scaling up production
  • Bunkering requirements
  • Lack of refuelling infrastructure
  • Mobile refuelling strategies
  • How to safely transport hydrogen

16:40 Open discussion and Q&A


16:50 Panel discussion: What needs to be done to advance fuel cell take-up in the shipping industry?

  • Investment in research and development
  • Government support and financial incentives
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Possibilities offered by methanol, ammonia etc
  • Sourcing hydrogen
  • Overcoming the barriers to adoption for deepsea shipping

17:30 Chairman’s closing remarks


*Programme subject to change/amendments

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Hybrid & Electric Programme Days 2 & 3

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Maritime Hybrid & Electric Programme

This comprehensive two-day programme will examine the latest innovations hybrid and electric solutions driving development in the maritime sector. Experts will demonstrate how these technologies can provide significant reductions in fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance costs.


08:00 Registration, coffee and networking


09:00 Welcome and introduction from Riviera Maritime Media

Edwin Lampert, Executive Editor & Head of Business Relations, Riviera Maritime Media

09:10 Spotlight interview: Update on Norway’s progress towards zero-emissions shipping

  • The route to meeting zero-emissions targets and what has happened in the last 12 months
  • Regulatory measures and requirements
  • Collaboration between government and the shipping industry
  • Learning from Norway’s progression
  • Plans for the next 12 months

Sveinung Oftedal, Specialist Director, Department for Marine Management and Pollution Control, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment


Hybrid and all-electric systems are playing a key role in the future of maritime power and propulsion. Experts will review the status of the battery and green fuels market in Europe and the latest trends in the maritime battery industry.


09:30 Bergen’s approach to meeting decarbonisation targets

  • Progress to date
  • Strategies being adopted by the maritime sector
  • Which fuels are leading the way?
  • Future objectives

Siv Remøy-Vangen, Managing Director, Maritime Bergen

09:50 Status and outlook for alternative fuels in the European maritime industry

  • Trends and drivers
  • Assessment of active ships per sector
  • Which power sources are currently favoured and why?
  • Update on all-electric developments
  • Growth prospects of all-electric and battery support

10:10 Open discussion and Q&A

10:30 Networking coffee break


Leading experts will share their experiences and demonstrate the business case, reviewing the current regulatory position, future requirements and where financing will come from to fund the green vessel revolution.


11:10 Building the business case for hybrid and electric vessels

  • Balancing business objectives and zero-emissions goals
  • Justifying the investment and obtaining stakeholder buy-in
  • Understanding the key benefits of hybrid and electric
  • Assessing whole life cost – breaking down the costs

11:30 The regulatory position

  • Defining the regulatory framework status
  • Fuel and technology outlook
  • Regulations – what’s in place and what we need
  • Long-term framework to steer the energy transition

11:50 Financing the green revolution

  • Green and sustainable finance initiatives
  • Identifying financing options, who’s lending for what?
  • What are the lenders’ requirements?
  • Financing for new vessels and environmentally friendly retrofitting
  • How prevalent is ‘green washing’?
  • Will regulation play a part in the future of green ship finance?

12:10 Open discussion and Q&A

12:30 Networking lunch



Innovations in battery technology

  • Latest updates on energy storage solutions
  • Benefits and applications
  • Space and weight considerations
  • Emerging technologies
  • Innovations to solve the deepsea challenge

14:00 Lifecycle assessment of battery technology: from cradle to grave

  • Environmental impacts associated with maritime batteries during their lifecycle
  • Opportunities and barriers to battery refurbishment, re-use and recycling
  • Second-life options
  • Environmental impact of battery disposal

14:20 Roundtable debate: Safety and battery fire prevention

  • Assessing the explosion and fire risks in maritime battery installations
  • Regulation, best practice and safety guidelines
  • The best way to manage fire risks associated with different battery systems
  • Collaboration and transparency across the industry – sharing lessons learned
  • Working towards a safer future

14:50 Open discussion and Q&A

15:10 Networking coffee break



This session will assess vessels powered by LNG and ammonia fuel cells, provide a detailed analysis of alternative fuels in the market and consider which is likely to be favoured by the industry.


15:50 The future of LNG as a maritime fuel

  • LNG as a bridge fuel to zero-carbon fuels
  • Benefits of LNG battery hybrid vessels
  • Key challenges, drivers and barriers to adoption
  • LNG versus alternative fuel options
  • LNG driving the move towards sustainability in the maritime sector

Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA-LNG


16:10 Ammonia fuel cell-powered vessels

  • Identifying the benefits and opportunities of adopting ammonia fuel cells on maritime vessels
  • Review of the latest technology innovations
  • Design considerations
  • Ammonia as a solution to meeting zero-emissions targets

16:20 Open discussion and Q&A


16:35 Panel discussion: Which fuel will steal the lead – where to invest?

  • Pros and cons of alternative fuels – battery, hydrogen fuel cells, methanol, ammonia and biofuels
  • Which fuel for which vessel type?
  • Will fuel type drive development in deepsea shipping?
  • Hybrid configurations

17:10 Chairman’s closing remarks


17:15 End of day one programme



08:00 Registration, coffee and networking


09:00 Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
Edwin Lampert, Executive Editor & Head of Business Relations, Riviera Maritime Media

09:10 Spotlight interview: Going net zero

  • Our targets, and how we plan to achieve them
  • Sustainability in the sector
  • Alternative power sources
  • Quayside fuel and charging requirements

Mark Handin, COO, Maersk Supply Service


This session will provide the latest updates from ongoing research and development projects as well as addressing the systems integration challenge.

09:30 Trends in maritime battery industry and research

  • Current trends and drivers
  • The future of maritime batteries

Dr. Simon Clark, Research Scientist - New Energy Solutions, SINTEF Industry

09:50 Systems integration challenges for hybrid and fully electric vessels

  • Defining the challenges
  • Design considerations
  • Lack of standardisation
  • Integrating different power systems

10:10 Open discussion and Q&A

10:30 Networking coffee break


Industry experts will discuss the cost considerations, safety aspects and impact of hybrid and fully electric technologies of vessel performance.


11:10 Case study: Fleet upgrades to achieve emissions-free operations

  • Retrofitting to improve fleet environmental performance
  • Which fuel options are being considered and why?
  • Long-term objectives

11:30 Case study: Green power for green energy production – supporting the wind sector

  • Developments in windfarm service operation vessels (SOVs) to meet the evolving demands of offshore wind operations
  • Development of zero-emissions SOVs
  • Future requirements

11:50 Crew transfer vessels (CTV) for green operations

  • Understanding the design drivers
  • Meeting the changing demands of the offshore wind sector
  • CTVs in the post-carbon future
  • What will the CTV of the future look like?

12:10 Open discussion and Q&A

12:30 Networking lunch



This session will discuss the cost of building future green vessels, whether newbuild or retrofit, and address engineering considerations including vessel layout and propulsion solutions.


13:40 Retrofitting vessels to meet decarbonisation targets

  • What are the considerations and drivers for retrofitting?
  • Why retrofit rather than newbuild?
  • Hybrid or fully electric?
  • Costs of retrofits versus newbuild
  • Improving the safety and efficiency of existing vessels through reduced emissions

14:00 Vessel engineering and layout

  • Operational and safety factors affecting the design of vessels using hybrid propulsion systems
  • Space and weight considerations
  • Interoperability of different components

14:20 Tailoring propulsion solutions for a new breed of hybrid and electric vessel

  • Understanding the propulsion system requirements of hybrid and electric vessels
  • Benefits of dual-fuel engine gensets
  • Delivering reduced maintenance needs, increase systems performance and reduced emissions

14:40 Open discussion and Q&A

15:00 Networking coffee break


Assessing shoreside and port infrastructure challenge and opportunities, reviewing innovations in offshore recharging facilities and understanding shipowners’ requirements for port, shoreside and offshore refuelling.


15:40 A shipowner’s perspective of port and offshore charging requirements

  • What are the charging requirements?
  • Ports versus offshore, or both?

16:00 Shoreside and port infrastructure

  • Accommodating the growing hybrid and electric market
  • What infrastructure and charging facilities will be required? Are ports meeting vessel owners’ needs?
  • Shoreside charging infrastructure standards
  • Advantages of shore power while ships are docked
  • Other considerations: which fuel types will vessels require?

Maria Bos, CEO, Plug

16:20 Innovations in offshore electric charging facilities

  • Review of the technology
  • Technical and commercial considerations
  • Potential benefits and applications

Sebastian Toft, Venture Partner, Maersk Supply Service

16:40 Open discussion and Q&A

17:00 Chairman’s closing remarks


17:05 End of conference


*Programme subject to change/amendments


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Early booking prices SAVE UP TO £250

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Attend the Hydrogen Fuel Cells (day 1) for £600.00 plus 25% VAT

Attend the Hybrid & Electric (days 2&3) for £900.00 plus 25% VAT

Attend all three days for £1400.00 plus 25% VAT


If buying two or more delegate tickets please use the promotional code: MHE10 to receive a 10% discount. Bookings must be made on the same day for delegates from the same company. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.



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Prices after 2 Sept:


Attend the Fuel Cells (day 1) for £700.00 plus 25% VAT

Attend the Hybrid & Electric (days 2&3) for £1100.00 plus 25% VAT

Attend all three days for £1700.00 plus 25% VAT


If buying two or more delegate tickets please use the promotional code: MHE10 to receive a 10% discount. Bookings must be made on the same day for delegates from the same company. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.



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Who Attended in 2020

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2020 Attendees

Across the whole Maritime Hybrid & Electric and Maritime Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Europe virtual conferences.

Owners/Operators and Investors

AKOFS Offshore OLT Offshore LNG Toscana
Ardmore Shipping Group Ocean
Ellen E-Ferry/Aero Kommune Future Proof Shipping
Entrust Global DOF
Equinor Thames Clipper
Essberger Tankers Grimaldi Group
Nordea Kotug
Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Port of Oslo
Norled Atlantic Towing
Shetland Island Council GC Rieber Shipping
V. Ships Singapore SinOceanic Shipping
Princess Cruises Engstrom Shipping
Caledonian Maritime Assets MSC Cruises
Cory Riverside Energy Pronav Shipmanagement
Smartenergy Invest Svitzer
Wilhelmsen Holding Port of Lulea
Carnival Corporation Remoy Shipmanagement

Other companies

Blue World Technologies

Navtek Naval Technologies

Enbridge Gas Swanbarton
GE Energy Power Conversion University of Strathclyde
GE Transportation, a Wabtec company Eneos Research Institute
Glosten WinGD
Hydrogen Europe Vard Electro
Lubrizol Hyon
Maritime Strategist International (MSI) MAN Energy Solutions
Maritime Bergen ComAp
Massterly (a Kongsberg Wilhelmsen joint venture) Corvus Energy
Ballard Power Systems Europe Plug
Norwegian Maritime Authority NCE Maritime CleanTech
Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment Munters
Sanmar UK Chamber of Shipping
Spear Power Systems Cochin Shipyard
Hyex Safety SPBES
Sacsko OceanTech Wärtsilä
The International Council on Clean Transportation Voith Turbo

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Siemens Energy

Total Lubrifiants


Norwegian Maritime Exporters Mitsubishi Corporation
North of England P&I Association Maritime Battery Forum
Kawasaki Heavy Indusries (Europe) Emerson Automation Solutions
Power Systems SGT Markisches Werk
Astilleros de Murueta Barloworld Finanzauto
Unitrove Hutchinson
Chantiers de l’Atlantique Parker Hannifin
Vard Electro Canada LTH BAAS
Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Logic Marine Consult
Pon Equipment & Pon Power NTNU
Exponent Hug Engineering
European Commission Flexens
Topec TNO
WestSea Estaleiros Navais Fincantieri SI
Hamworthy Combustion Maritime New Zealand
Realize Power Alesund Maritime


Who should attend:

  • Battery manufacturers
  • Vessel owners and operators
  • System Integrators
  • Investors
  • Naval architects
  • Classifications societies
  • Industry associations
  • Port Authorities
  • Technology suppliers
  • Analysts and consultants


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