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Strong take-up for London's first Greening Inland Shipping event

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is reporting strong interest in London’s first Greening Inland Shipping conference and exhibition, taking place on 10 September at The Crystal, London.

“This event is all about creating a unique platform in London for researchers, vessel operators and technology providers to come together,” explained PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer. “Through the presentations and exhibition they will be able to exchange on what is needed and what existing and new technology can achieve. Bringing the operators and manufacturers together should help drive the adoption of new technology, improving air quality along the tidal Thames, on our road to net zero.”

The conference programme is set to feature sessions on the political context for air quality improvements; the latest research and developments; and discussions around lessons learnt from early adopters of the new technology.

International speakers confirmed for the conference include:

  • Hans Thornell, founder and CEO of Green City Ferries (Sweden)
  • Hege Økland NCE Maritime CleanTech (Norway)
  • Martin Wuensch, Siemens Marine (Germany)
  • Annet van Lier, Clean Inland Shipping (The Netherlands)

UK-based contributors will include Danny Price from Transport for London, who will discuss the new hybrid Woolwich ferries and Mark Neller from ARUP, who will reflect on hydrogen fuel options.

Cross River Partnership is set for a key slot at the event, where they will reveal details of how vessel operators on the Thames can bid for a share of the recently announced grant from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund to reduce emissions from boats.

Exhibitors confirmed for the September event include: ABB, BAE, Cross River Partnership, HITEC Maritime CleanTech, Industrial and Marine Silencers, MIT/Transfluid, Siemens, Vortex and Wartsila.

Robin Mortimer encouraged those interested in attending the event to register soon: “This is the first time we have revealed the emerging roster of exhibitors and speakers – more will be confirmed in the coming days. Even before we got to this point, interest in the event has been high. We look set for a full house, so I’d encourage people who are interested in coming along to get online and register.”

For more information on the Greening Inland Shipping Conference & Exhibition, and to book to attend, visit: http://www.pla.co.uk/Events/Greening-Inland-Shipping-Conference-Exhibition

The PLA committed to host the conference and exhibition in the ground-breaking Air Quality Strategy for the tidal Thames, launched in May 2018 (https://www.pla.co.uk/assets/airquality2018.pdf). The event is being run during London International Shipping Week (9 to 13 September 2019), which highlights London’s key role on the international maritime stage and the strength and breadth of the UK’s maritime offering.

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Alistair Gale

Port of London Authority

Mob: 07711-440736

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