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LeanShips Final Conference

LeanShips Final Conference “Tangible solutions to reduce shipborne emissions” will take place at the SS Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on the 17th of April 2019. The conference will not only focus on the results of the project LeanShips itself and show its project demonstrators, but will also discuss related projects. Moreover it will also broadcast a number of tangible solutions to reduce shipborne emissions in an holistic framework in terms of regulations and alternative energy & fuels. The conference will include an interactive panel discussion with panel members and the public.



Start End Description
8:30 – 9:15 Registration/Coffee
9:15 – 9:30 Opening by Markus Lehne (Managing Partner at BALance Technology Consulting)
9:30 – 10:20 Presentations Theme Block I: Project demonstrators
  • Natural Gas as a fuel for Tug Boats by Marc Baken (Design & Proposal Engineer at Damen Shipyards)
  • Using web technologies to reduce ship emissions by Charles-Edouard Cady (Software architect and developer / R&D Engineer at SIREHNA Naval Group
  • Adding environment and energy-efficiency to ships by Dominique Pons (R&D Project Manager at Chantiers de l’Atlantique)
10:20 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 11:30 Presentations Theme Block II: Alternative energy & fuels
  • Methanol as marine fuel by Prof. Sebastian Verhelst (Associate Professor of Internal Combustion Engines at Ghent University)
  • Vision 2050: understanding the role of refineries and low carbon liquid fuels by Damien Valdenaire (Science Executive, Refinery Technology at Concawe, research department of Fuels Europe)
  • All rules are made to be broken. Or aren´t they? by Dirk Schröder (Specialist Engineering Systems at Lloyd’s Register)
11:30 – 12:00 Panel discussion
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Presentations Theme Block III: Related projects
  • Joules (EC FP7) by Erik-Jan Boonen (Principal Research Engineer at Damen Shipyards)
  • RAMSSES (EC Horizon 2020) by Grit Ladage (Project Management – Communication and Dissemination at Center of Maritime Technologies e.V.) and Arnold de Bruijn (Sector Manager at Netherlands Maritime Technology)
  • E-ferry (EC Hoorizon 2020) by Annie Kortsari (CERTH)
13:45 – 14:15 Panel discussion
14:15 – 15:45 Break: Time to visit the vessel & information market
15:45  – 16:30 Presentations Theme Block IV: Regulations
  • STREAMLINE, GRIP and LeanShips by Maarten Flikkema (Senior Project Manager | Research & Development at MARIN)
  • Ship emission regulations: a shipowner perspective by Wieger Duursema (Fleet Development Manager at Wagenborg Shipping BV)
  • Maritime Issues – Classification perspective by Dr Reddy Devalapalli (Head, Strategic Research from Lloyd’s Register EMEA)
16:30 – 17:00 Panel discussion
17:00 – 17:15 Ending conference
17:15 – 18:30 Drinks

* The program is subject to changes


The entry fee for this conference is €75,- (excl. VAT). Please note that the participation is limited to two hundred attendees. By using the link at the bottom, you can register for the LeanShips Final Conference. After registration you will receive more information about the venue, travel and accommodation possibilities.


More information

For further information visit our website or contact Danitsja van Heusden – van Winden, Innovation Manager at Netherlands Maritime Technology, via T +31 (0)88 44 51 035 or E

About LeanShips

Since its launch on 1st of May 2015, the LeanShips (Low Energy And Near to Zero Emissions Ships) project has been investigating the effectiveness and reliability of energy saving and emission reduction technologies at full scale. The project with its 41 European partners, including equipment manufacturers, shipyards and shipowners from 12 EU member countries and one associated Member State, support the developments that make new and existing vessels more efficient and less polluting.

With a total funding of € 15.8 M, seven demonstrators were developed during the four-year project period, incl. a retrofit strategy for cargo ships, a high-speed diesel engine converted for methanol operation or a new-generation tug with two LNG engines. The developed innovations as well as the impact on fuel and CO2 savings as well as reduction of air pollutants will be presented at the final conference.

The LeanShips project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Program ([H2020 2014 – 2021 Call 2014]) under grant agreement n° 636146.