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Greening Inland Shipping – One year on

5 November 2020, 10-11:30AM GMT

In Autumn 2019 we hosted London’s first Greening Inland Shipping conference. Just over a year on, we are aiming to reconvene, online, keeping track of and updating on the progress that has been made since.

Our panel of speakers will take us through global developments, the roadmap for improving inland vessels performance on the Thames, current and planned developments on the river.

This webinar will be supported by a publication picking up on the trends identified and short videos of last year’s speakers summarising what has happened for them since last year.

As before, the event will be chaired by Dr. Tim Moonen.



10:00AM Welcome and introductions – Dr Tim Moonen, The Business of Cities

10:05AM Global developments update – Edwin Pang, Consulting Naval Architect and Chair of the RINA IMO Committee

10:15AM Charting the path for cleaner inland shipping on the Thames – Chester Lewis, E4 Tech

10:25AM Thames developments

  • Cleaner diesel – Dr Paul Hellier, mechanical engineering deputy programme director, lecturer in engines and fuels, and EPSRC research fellow, UCL
  • Future options: electric and hydrogen – James Trimmer, PLA

10:50AM Launch of the Green Inland Vessels Scheme – Tanya Ferry, PLA

11:00AM Q&A session

11:20AM Emerging themes and conclusions

11:25AM Event close – Dr Tim Moonen, UCL



Dr Tim Moonen

Dr Tim Moonen is Co-Founder of The Business of Cities, a London-based urban intelligence firm working with more than 50 city governments, businesses and institutions worldwide each year. Tim leads advisory projects evaluating how cities perform and their long-term capacity to succeed, working for more than a decade with organisations such as the Brookings Institution, OECD, World Bank, WTTC, JLL and the Urban Land Institute. He has participated in multiple senior advisory boards informing the long-term strategic planning of city rivers, waterfronts and coastal assets (including in New York, Moscow, Oslo, Rotterdam, London and Brisbane), and guiding the urban market strategies of global businesses and investors. Tim also teaches executive-level education for international companies and universities. He is an Honorary Lecturer at STEaPP, University College London and the co-author of the book World Cities and Nation States.


Tanya Ferry

Tanya Ferry is the Environment Manager in the Planning and Environment Department at the Port of London Authority and advises on the coordination and implementation of the PLA’s environmental work, statutory protection and improvements throughout the tidal River Thames. She has worked at the Port of London for nine years and has worked on the Thames in previous Environment Agency roles. Tanya is working to promote sustainable port operation, to improve stakeholders understanding of the contributions to the environment by the port industry and environmental considerations of the Thames estuary. Tanya works within environmental management with a particular focus on the water environment and air quality. Her roles have involved interpreting a wide range of regulatory compliance for a wide range of activities and sources, working with charities and local groups to improve the river and increase working partnerships with commerce.

Dr Paul Hellier

Dr Paul Hellier is an Associate Professor at UCL Mechanical Engineering whose research focuses on the development of sustainable future fuels for transport. He has published over 40 papers in leading international journals on topics ranging from extraction of oils from waste coffee grounds, combustion characteristics of designer fuels from genetically modified micro-organisms, through to investigating the toxicity and danger to human health of species carried by particulate emissions from current and future fuels. Paul regularly collaborates with industry and led the fuels component of the recent EPSRC funded 'Ultra efficient engines and fuels' project.

Chester Lewis


Edwin Pang

Edwin Pang is a naval architect with around 20 years experience in consulting, specialising in general ship design, stability, fire safety, and environmental issues, but also carrying out surveys onboard and working in shipyards. He has been involved at the IMO since 2001 as part of the UK delegation and latterly the Danish delegation and currently chairs the IMO Committee of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He has also been involved in EU research projects on alternative design for fire safety, damage stability. He has worked on regulatory matters with INTERFERRY, INTERTANKO, ICS covering topics such as EEDI, minimum powering of ships and damage stability.

James Trimmer

James Trimmer is the Director of Planning and Environment for the Port of London Authority and is responsible for the initiation and implementation of the PLA’s approach to strategic planning, infrastructure, transport and environmental issues throughout the tidal River Thames and its riparian hinterland. He is also responsible for the Authority’s statutory consenting of river works and dredging under of the Port of London Act 1968 and furthermore is the Project Director for the Authority’s statutory role on the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Tilbury 2 schemes.