Latest Report Details Optimization Pathways to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

HOUSTON- May 11, 2023 - The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) in conjunction with the Vanderbilt University Climate Change Initiative has released a new report today which highlights the identified pathways and approaches to optimize technologies and operations to accelerate GHG emissions reductions in the maritime sector.

“Energy efficiency measures combined with digital innovation to drive vessel optimization will continue to serve as a central component to any decarbonization strategy,” said David Cummins, BSMC President and CEO. “By applying various energy efficiency measures already available in the market today, we can have a significant impact on fuel usage, ultimately reducing vessel emissions.”

This final report in a series of three position papers builds on previous reports which examined fuels and propulsion systems and vessel-specific emission profiles. It provides a detailed assessment of the operational, technological and digitalization trends which will drive emissions reduction in the maritime industry in both the short and long term. The report spotlights the main technologies and techniques that can be applied for optimized vessel operations including, hull optimization approaches, addition of waste heat recovery systems, speed and routing optimization and the application of digitalization and advanced technologies.

“We were pleased to work with our partners at Vanderbilt University to deliver the final report in our series of position papers which helps to further inform and drive industry action around decarbonization in the North American maritime industry. Bringing this information together is key to building collaboration and trust among our stakeholders and helps chart a path forward together,” continued Cummins.

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About Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (the Coalition) a non-profit corporation, is a strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in Canada and the United States toward net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Coalition brings together industry, community, government, academic leadership and other stakeholders across the waterborne transportation value chain to action projects that remove barriers to accelerating development, encourage innovation, and promote policies in support of zero emissions. Learn more at


David Cummins

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

President and CEO