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Day One of SHIPPINGInsight Calls for Industry Collaboration

October 11, 2021: Day One of SHIPPINGInsight 2021- Bridging the Decade opened today with a keynote address from ABS’ Chris Wiernicki who called for the global industry to come together to achieve common goals for decarbonization, stating “Success has to be a team sport“.  Bud Darr of MSC agreed, saying industry needs to deliver “creative and multiple options, be collaborative to drive this transition, and be positive.”  Jeff Lantz stated industry’s message should be “We’re working on it”.

These observations, and more, were delivered during the first day of SHIPPINGInsight 2021: Bridging the Decade Fleet Optimization & Innovation Conference and Exhibition being held virtually from October 11-13th. This top-tier event focuses on challenges facing the maritime world entering the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” with disruptors like climate deadlines, automation and digitalization joining forces and creating a whirlpool of change and profound new opportunities for our industry. The second keynote address of the day was delivered by Gary Vogel, CEO of Eagle Bulk Shipping who argued that shipowners have the opportunity today to take advantage of technologies to reduce their carbon emissions using existing fuels while evolutionary approaches are being developed and scaled rather than ordering new tonnage.

In the coming days, keynote addresses from industry figure heads such as Ley Hoon Quah, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA); former USCG Commandant Admiral Thad Allen of HudsonAnalytix; and Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings Limited’s Chairman, Sabrina Chao, also President of BIMCO Register today at SHIPPINGINSIGHT: 2021 Registration Page.

“Chris Wiernicki certainly got our event off to a racing start with his opening address and set the tone for the conference” stated SHIPPINGInsight Chief Evolution Officer for SHIPPINGInsight.  “Our industry must collaborate on development and harmonize our message on how we plan to move forward.  There is no room for shipping’s traditional opaque fragmentism.

SHIPPINGInsight 2021 is in its 10th year of providing a platform for fleet management and solution providers to exchange views and information on strategies for the maritime industry to accelerate change in order to meet the demands of society, regulations, operational risks, crew welfare and protection of the environment. This year’s three-day program will address industry challenges and changes through roundtable discussions between shipowners, regulators and solution providers around decarbonization, digitalization, defense, decisions, and disruption. Discussions around issues critical to industry today will be held during the “Decade of…” sessions, with decarbonization and digitalization in the forefront.  “Deep Dive” technical sessions will range from fleet management to fuel alternatives and safety at sea. 

Participants in the program include USCG’s Jeffrey Lantz, D’Amico’s Joe Gross, Fleet Management’s Mohan MuppidiGiorgos Kyriazis  of P Ship Systems, Boriana Farrar of Patriot Contract Services, Jim Lawrence of MTI Network, International Seaway’s Jeff Pribor, Bahamas Maritime Authority’s Captains Dwain Hutchinson and Steve Bomgardner, Cynthia Hudson of HudsonAnalytix, Keegan Plakson of American Bureau of Shipping, Michael Parker of Citibank and the Poseidon Principles, Michael Webber of Webber Research, Morten Arntzen of Team Tankers, Semiramis Paliou of Diana Shipping, Chembulk CEO Bart Kelleher, Sherice Arman of Maple Group, Ardmore’s Tony Gurnee, Rob Hughes of Genco Shipping, Sadan Kaptanoglu of Kaptanoglu Shipping, Peter Southgate of the Cayman Ship Registry, Max Bobys of HudsonAnalytix, Mark O’Neil of Columbia Shipmanagement, Guy Platten  of the International Chamber of Shipping, and Knut Ørbeck-Nielssen of DNV. 

The capstone of the event is SHIPPINGInsight’s SHARK TANK where representatives of new technologies (“Chum”) pitch their products and services to a panel of judges (“Sharks”).  The winner will receive SHIPPINGInsight’s Innovation Award, and every year most participants find funding or sponsors for their innovations. The award is presented annually to honor a solution provider for the successful development and implementation of an innovative initiative that advances the state of the art in ship and fleet optimization goals.  The 2020 Innovation Award was presented to Sterling PBES (SPBES) for their hybrid battery power for vessel operations which provides a cost-effective system to reduce fuel emissions and “future-proof” sources of energy for vessels. SHIPPINGInsight is proud to attract such innovative products and services to its SHARK TANK every year from all around the world and are excited to see the “Chum” of 2021.  


About SHIPPINGInsight 

Originally established in 2012, SHIPPINGInsight has grown steadily each year. Focusing on fleet optimization and innovation, the event provides a forum for fleet managers and solution providers to exchange ideas and discuss challenges in facing the transformation of the industry.  More than 750 delegates from 35 countries attended the 2020 event, including 101 shipping company executives.  For more information, please visit  

Bridging the Gap Between Aspiration & Reality and the Decade of Digitalization

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SHIPPINGInsight is the premier technology forum and networking event for maritime industry professionals. 

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SHIPPINGInsight 2022
Tuesday, Oct. 11th - Thursday, Oct. 13th

Opening Keynote: Bridging the Gap Between Aspiration & Reality

Sabrina Chao
Chair & CEO
Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings Ltd

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October 29, 2021- GLASGOW  Prime Minister of Greenland, Múte Bourup Egede, will be delivering the keynote address at ZESTAs COP26 Burns Supper on Monday, November 1st hosted by SHIFT clean energy.  The supper will conclude the first day of Ship ZERO hosted by ZESTAs (Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association) in Glasgow as part of the COP26 activities.  It is expected that the Prime Minister will be announcing a major Greenland government initiative relating to fossil fuel use.


"With the Arctic warming at a rate three times faster than the rest of the world, we are in Greenland experiencing the drastic changes first-hand “stated the Prime Minister. “The science is alarming and our collective actions must be accelerated. That is why the Government of Greenland has announced an immediate halt to all new oil and gas explorations and are putting all efforts into developing our green energy sources. We believe that Greenland can become an important partner for zero-emission shipping. We have huge untapped hydropower resources that exceed our domestic demand multiple times, which can generate cheap renewable electricity for e-fuels, and we have an infrastructure well suited for being early adapters."


“Ship ZERO0 – Charging to True Zero” is a three-day workshop including robust technical presentations from zero-emissions solutions providers, as well as finance, insurance, classification sectors and regulators. Speakers’ panels, audience Q&A, and brainstorming sessions will follow each session to facilitate collaborative solution building, as well as giving stakeholders an opportunity to examine how solutions will fit with their individual business cases. The event takes place well before COP26 transport day, which will give the team of researchers and stakeholders time to summarize the outcomes to be taken in consideration by regulators beforehand.


“We are honored that Prime Minister Egede will be making such a pivotal keynote address as part of our event”, stated Madadh MacLaine, Secretary-General of ZESTAs.  “His leadership will resonate around the globe as we address a zero emission future.”

Highlights of the ShipZERO conference include a keynote by Peter Thomson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations as well as the UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean on A healthy planet requires a healthy ocean, a healthy ocean requires clean shipping;  Why Zero Emissions Needs Better Battery Safety Standards, delivered by Brent Perry, ZESTAs Board Chair and CEO of SHIFT; and How Financiers, Insurers and Cargo owners can enable innovation and accelerate the transition to true zero emissions from Michael Parker, Chairman of Global Shipping, Citibank and Chairman of the Poseidon Principles Association.


Registration is still open, and media are welcome.  Go to




About ZESTAs

The Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association promotes the rapid and large-scale uptake of Zero Emissions Ship Technology (ZEST).  Zero emissions means zero GHG emissions at the point of use on the vessel with minimal upstream impacts.  By combining zero emission technologies, it is possible to achieve zero emissions at the shipboard level faster.  With today’s technologies, the shipping industry can achieve fully zero emissions now, particularly on smaller return to base vessels, as well as drastically reduce emissions on larger, ocean-going vessels with more complicated operational profiles.


Media contact:  Carleen Lyden Walker  +1203 260 0480


Photo:  Greenland Prime Minister Mute Bourup Egede

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