Elliott Bay Design Group, in partnership with clean energy company e1 Marine, recently hosted a half-day educational session in Seattle to present green-energy fuel options for the maritime industry, EBDG revealed Oct. 10.
The event brought together more than 100 representatives from across the industry including owners, operators and technical experts, the naval architecture and marine engineering firm said.
Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA 2nd District) kicked off the event with a welcoming message and an update on state and federal efforts supporting transition to low and zero emission ferries and related infrastructure.
EBDG founder and principal John Waterhouse then followed with an overview of increasing regulatory and societal pressure to decarbonize the industry as well as advantages for operators who take a lead role in the transition.
Lydia Benger, EBDG’s technical director, presented practical considerations for vessel operators as they invest in long-life assets in an evolving regulatory and environmental landscape. Her presentation included an unbiased overview of emerging technologies, timelines and what operators can do now to prepare.
Additionally, Graeme Hyde of Lloyd’s Register offered his organization’s perspective on the United States Coast Guard and wider regulatory approach to partnering with industry in advancing alternative fuel applications.
Later, Eleanor Kirtley of Green Marine facilitated the first panel discussion, titled “From the Owner/Operator Perspective: Our Industry’s Most Viable Low and Zero Emission Options.” Panelists included Savanna Speciale of BP, Mike Hoffman of Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, Dave Lee of ABB, Graeme Hyde of Lloyd’s Register and Michael Complita of EBDG.
The second panel discussion offered a deep dive into e1 Marine’s reformer technology. Panelists included Dave Edlund of Element 1, Robert Schluter and Alex Yard of e1 Marine, Dave Lee of ABB and Gregg Baldassarre of Rix Industries.
After presenting a range of available technologies, the event concluded with Sebastian Irby of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates and Austin Sperry of Maritime Partners, who discussed grants, incentives and public and private financing options to make alternative fuel investments viable and affordable for vessel operators.
Throughout the session, panelists and presenters engaged with the audience and answered real-time questions from vessel owners and operators, according to EBDG.
“EBDG and e1 Marine thank all of our speakers, panelists and especially our guests for their participation in our ‘Go Green Beyond Battery’ industry day collaboration,” Elliott Bay Design Group Vice President of Strategic Expansion Michael Complita said. “We look forward to working together to build a cleaner, greener maritime industry future.”