Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) and e1 Marine recently held an educational session in Seattle on green-energy fuel options for the maritime industry. Over 100 representatives from across the industry were in attendance.
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., kicked off the event, providing an update on state and federal efforts to support the transition to low and zero emission ferries and related infrastructure.
John Waterhouse, founder and principal of EBDG, 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.
EBDG's technical director, Lydia Benger, presented practical considerations for vessel operators as they invest in long-life assets in an evolving regulatory and environmental landscape. Her presentation included an overview of emerging technologies, timelines and what operators can do now to prepare.
Graeme Hyde of Lloyd's Register discussed the U.S. Coast Guard and wider regulatory approach to partnering with industry in advancing alternative fuel applications.
There were also panel discussions, including: "From the Owner/Operator Perspective: Our Industry's Most Viable Low and Zero Emission Options," and e1 Marine's reformer technology.
After a range of available technology options were presented, the event concluded with Sebastian Irby of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates and Austin Sperry of Maritime Partners discussing comparative cost and payment considerations such as grants, incentives, and public and private financing options to make alternative fuel investments viable and affordable for vessel operators.