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Maritime Conferences & Events – archive 2017-2020


November 2020

18 November – IWSA presentation & panel discussion – IMO MTCC Caribbean Webinar Series
: “Capacity Building for Climate Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry” 1-3pm local time

Motorship Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference was originally scheduled for Nov 2020, now postponed to 18-20 May 2021- featuring a wind propulsion panel and technology visit. IWSA official supporting organisation – IWSA member discounts  – RESCHEDULED –

October 2020

28 October: Wind Propulsion: the next big thing, live interview with Diane Gilpin, Smart Green Shipping Alliance and Gavin Allwright, IWSA SG – 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Looking at issues of safety, crew capability, engineering, economic models etc. as part of the Connecting EC Insights conference

Register here

22 October: Nautical Institute Webinar: Gavin Allwright, IWSA SG presents the Nautical Institute Webinar at 10:00 BST (UK time) on Thursday, 22 October 2020.  Title: Wind power: an exciting (new) energy source

“Wind propulsion systems were the original energy source for shipping, but advances in technology mean they are increasingly being viewed as a credible and viable solution for today’s maritime industry. A growing number of rigs are being installed on vessels and increasing numbers of technologies are being rolled out and new build projects announced.” Join us for an overview of industry developments, the wind propulsion technology basket, market opportunity and forecasts and the latest projects.


Call for Papers for the Wind Propulsion 2021 conference, 16-17 February 2021 to be held at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects UK headquarters in association with IWSA. Download Wind Propulsion 2021 – CALL FOR PAPERS   The deadline for abstracts is 02 November.

For a list of the 2019 presentations, check the last conference programme: Wind Propulsion 2019 Programme

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, then please contact RINA or IWSA directly to discuss that. For more information

Really looking forward to another quality and impactful event in February.

12-14 October – SHIPPINGInsight conference – We are delighted to be a Partner of SHIPPINGInsight 20/20- A Vision for the Decade.  With a line up of over 100 speakers and 40 companies, SHIPPINGInsight promises to be a value-add opportunity for maritime professionals to gather (albeit virtually) to discuss and debate the vision for the decade.  This is where fleet management meets maritime technology.  In addition to IWSA speaking participation, we also have a virtual booth in SHIPPINGInsight’s Innovation Exhibition Hall.  Please come visit us!

Shipowners, government representatives, students and educators receive complementary registration. You may register here!  Please join us as the global maritime community gathers to make shipping more efficient, safer, modern and with lower environmental impacts.

Hiper Conference (DNV-GL host – Cortona, Italy 12-14 Oct) – line up includes IWSA members and presentations on wind propulsion – EconowindBecker Marine SystemsNayam Wings, and MARIN 

The Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference 2020 , 5-6 Oct at Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland. IWSA Presentation scheduled at 11:15 am on Day 1 (5 Oct) “Overview of Wind Assisted Marine Projects”, IWSA official supporting organisation – IWSA member discounts

September 2020

Naples Shipping Week 2020 – Port&ShippingTech, Main conference of the Naples Shipping Week, 28 Sep – 03 Oct – IWSA presentation on Thu 01 Oct as part of GreenShipping summit


09 September – Webinar: Renewable Transportation: Shipping and Aviation
Hosted by World Wind Energy Association In collaboration with the International Windship Association and the International Association for Sustainable Aviation

Time: Wed, 9 Sep 2020, 12:00-14:30 (CEST).

While the power sector in many countries is progressing well towards a full renewable energy supply and land based transportation is taking major steps away from fossil, fuels, two important areas have hardly been tackled: Aviation and Shipping. In order to achieve the goal of a climate neutral world and to shift human economic activities completely towards renewable energy, it is imperative that these two sectors be converted too. Although today almost all vessels and planes are fuelled with fossil fuel, very promising concepts are available with the potential of completely switching away from such fuels. This webinar will present the state of the art in aviation and shipping and will discuss actual and potential solutions. A special focus will be on how wind and other renewable sources can support these two difficult-to-abate transportation sectors in managing this transformation.
Presenters include:
– Gavin Allwright, IWSA – Wind Propulsion: Overview
– Ralf Nolting & Rudolf Doerpinghaus, IASA – Renewable energy in aviation
– Stefan Gsänger, WWEA – Wind Energy and Renewable Energy Worldwide
– (tbc) Dr. Harry Lehmann, German Federal Environment Agency UBA – Requirements for sustainable aviation and shipping
– Martial Claudepierre, Sustainable Shipping, Global Technology Leader, Bureau Veritas – Alternative/zero-emissions fuel developments in shipping
– Brian Boserup, CEO of Blue Technology (Denmark) – Zero-emissions vessel design incorporating wind, hydrogen, solar etc. – looking at a paradigm shift in shipping
– Renewable based shipping on inland waterways (tbc)
– Sam Bruce, CSIRO – Opportunities for hydrogen in commercial aviation
– Gero Rueter, Deutsche Welle – Comments on the role of flying in a world which is struggling for climate neutrality
Register for Free

SMM 2020 – originally scheduled for September 2020  – rescheduled for 2-5 Feb 2021 – IWSA will have a booth at the trade show along with presentation schedule – more details to follow.

June 2020

15-17 June – INNOVSAIL 2020 – series of commercial wind propulsion presentations – in association with IWSA (Gothenburg)


INNOV’SAIL 2020 ConferenceRegistration is open. During the three days of the conference, 15-17 June 2020, there is a unique opportunity to see the most recent research in sailing – both competitive and commercial. World-leading experts in the field will present 29 papers on their research, and there will be two invited presentations. Areas covered include the whole spectrum of topics, from fundamental fluid dynamics – How is lift generated on a sail? – to performance prediction for sailing yachts and the Energy Return on Investment (EROI) of wind-powered ships.  The social interaction is very important, and we have made sure that you, despite us meeting online, will have the opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas with inspiring colleagues and companies. The INNOV´SAIL 2020 B2Match platform is the place where we connect and book individual virtual meetings during the three days of the conference. The sign up for your profile will be done easily through the link you receive when your registration for the conference is completed.

Note also that immediately following the scientific sessions there will be brief presentations by some of the most important companies in the field.

If you have not yet registered, please do so at the conference web site: The registration at the nominal fee closes on 1 June. After that, registration is still possible, but at twice the nominal fee.


-NEW DATE – 26-30 October 2020
01-05 June  Posidonia
(Greece) – IWSA presentation

02-04 June  Green Marine Conference
– IWSA presentation

May 2020


25-29 May – Blueweek – Natural Propulsion Seminar & IWSA AGM  (Rotterdam) – The 2020 port of call of the BlueForum is Rotterdam! The event will take place on board the SS Rotterdam, from 25 to 29 May 2020. Registration and detailed programme will be available soon

Monday 25th: Ocean Energy seminar
Tuesday 26th: Blue Life seminar
Wednesday 27th: FORUM Future of Ocean Energy and Shipping + visit & dinner by MARIN in Wageningen
Thursday 28th: Natural Propulsion seminar ( in association with IWSA)
Friday 29th: Zero emission Ships seminar


The AGM of the International Windship Association (IWSA) and different JIP meetings will be planned during the same week.

NEW DATE – 05-06 October 2020

18-19 May – Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference (Geneva) – IWSA presentation
(Early Bird discount is valid until February 15)

April 2020

-NEW DATE – 29 June-01 July 2020 

31 Mar-02 Apr  CMA Shipping conference (Stamford) – IWSA official supporting organisation


30 March – 03 April – IMO MEPC75  (London)

March 2020

-NEW DATE- 20-21 October 2020
24-25 March – Envirotech for Shipping (Rotterdam) – IWSA presentation

-NEW DATE – 17-18 September 2020
17-18 March – Marine Energy Transition Forum
(Antwerp) – IWSA presentation

11-12 March – Green Ship Technology (Copenhagen) Denmark is the place where you will meet these stakeholders and gain unrivalled access to influential policy makers, innovators and trailblazers.
All IWSA members are eligible to receive 20% off all delegate passes! Plus, if you book before this Friday (17 January) you will benefit from the early bird rates in addition to the 20% saving.
Simply quote ‘FKT3642WS’ at the checkout or view this link where the discount will be automatically applied.
Agenda highlights:
Benefit from critical insight into commercial issues for managing the move towards a zero-emission future:
• Hear from a leading shipowners’ association on the impact of IMO 2020 sulphur cap after almost 3 months in operation – Anne H Steffensen, Director General, Danish Shipping
• Understand the aims and objectives of the Getting to Zero Coalition – Johanna Christensen,
Managing Director, Projects and Programmes, Global Maritime Forum
• Debate the issues of green financing for shipowners and green tech providers – D Michael Adams, President, Oceans Assets Institute
Focus on available technologies, efficiency management, hybrid solutions and future technologies:
• Understanding a holistic approach to incorporating technology across a world fleet
• What will the ship of 2030 and 2050 look like? – Christophe Tygat, Secretary General, CESA
The full speaker list and agenda are available to view online.

10 March – International Wind Propulsion for Shipping Forum [GST2020] – Held in association with IWSA. With the options for wind propulsion systems expanding rapidly, this one-day forum will be the one-stop shop for discovering the real state of the market. Supported by the IWSA, the programme will examine financing and pathways to market; developing the technology, retrofitting challenges and operational solutions onboard; class society guidelines for safe operations; shipowners’ experiences and expectations; presentations of new technologies on the horizon with a look into the future. View agenda. Claim your 20% off now and book online.

February 2020

26-27 February – ShipInsight Conference
– (London) – panel discussion on Wind Propulsion developments

24-25 February – Envirotech for Shipping Forum 
– IWSA presentation

18 February – Decarbonising UK Freight Transport Event
– ‘Financing decarbonisation of the freight transport sector’. (London)

04 February – BlueInvest – IWSA Pitch at this EU backed Blue Economy finance event. (Brussels)

December 2019

04 December – COP25 Madrid – IWSA presentation & panel at Side Event – Pacific Decade for Sustainable Transport hosted by IWSA supporter the Pacific Island Development Forum
Download flyer: 4_SIDE EVENT COP25 – Pacific Decade Sustainable Transport

November 2019

The 7th Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) will convene in Paris, 20 – 22 Nov 2019.
Mark your calendars for the next SOS from IWSA Associate Member, World Ocean Council – the annual gathering of the global ocean business community dedicated to advancing private sector action on ocean sustainable development, organized by WOC – the global Blue Economy Business Organization.
With the theme of “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”, the SOS 2019 will be the foremost international ocean business conference dedicated to investment and innovation for sustainable development.

The Motorship: Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference 2019  
Dates: 19-21 November 2019
Location: Sofitel Alterwall, Hamburg, Germany
Booking link:

Twitter: @Motorship #MotorshipPFF
Early Bird discount: 20% (available until 31 July 2019) use code early if booking online.
Supporter discount: 10% (available until 18 November 2019) use code memdiscpff if booking online.

The Motorship’s Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference 2019 will take place from 19-21 November in Hamburg, Germany.
With the 2020 global sulphur cap less than a year away, operating within the constraints of the Energy Efficiency Design Index and with 50% absolute carbon reduction by 2050, alternative fuels are now an essential feature alongside shipowners’ propulsion and powering considerations.
The 2019 conference will provide senior executives with a meeting place to learn, discuss and share knowledge of the latest developments in efficient propulsion technology and low flashpoint, low carbon fuels.
It is a must-attend event for CEOs and technical directors from ship owning/operating and management companies, ship design and ship building, sector specialists from fuel, equipment and technology suppliers plus senior management and advisors from classification and policy-making organisations.
Over two conference days attendees will benefit from insightful technical presentations either in streams or plenary sessions, with the event culminating in a technical visit on day three.

SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, 14 November 2019 (IWSA Official Supporting Organisation) –

SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum, 12 November 2019 (IWSA Official Supporting Organisation) – 

Future Fuels for Shipping Seminar 2019 (5-6 November, IMO HQ, London)

Join us for the chance to learn from 15+ expert speakers as they deliver two days of unparalleled content covering every aspect of the shipping decarbonisation challenge – from the remaining carbon budget, to the potential costs of abatement and the development of a future marine fuel supply chain.

All IWSA members are eligible to receive an exclusive 20% discount on all bookings, simply quote ‘FKT3573IWA’ at the checkout or book here!

• Receive an update from the IMO’s MEPC on the issue of greenhouse gases
• Contribute to the Grand Debate: Alternatives to traditional fuels – what are the alternatives?
• Analyse the environmental sustainability of alternative marine fuels
• Hear from shipowners about their decarbonisation efforts
• Examine the technologies available from today for large scale implementation
• Analyse safety challenges for alternative fuels and the infrastructure required
• Have your questions answered by our team of regulators and marine fuel experts
The full agenda is available to view online.


• Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Marine Environment Division, IMO
• Faig Abbasov, Shipping Advisor, Transport & Environment, Belgium
• Gerd-Micheal Würsig, Consultant, GMW Consultancy
• Gavin Allwright, Secretary, International Windship Association (IWSA)
• Madadh MacLaine, Founder, Secretary General, Zero Emission Ship Technology Association
• Sebastiaan Bleuanus, GM Technology Strategy and Innovation, Wärtsilä Marine Business
• Tristan Smith, Lecturer, UCL Energy Institute
• Tom Strang, Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation & plc
• Jan-Erik Räsänen, Foreship Ltd
• Niels De Vries, C-Job Naval Architects
The full speaker list is available to view online.

October 2019

RINA & IWSA Wind Propulsion 2019 Conference

15-16 October 2019, RINA HQ, London, UK
The current use of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources within the shipping industry is still relatively scarce. Growing environmental legislation and concerns are driving the need to develop and apply innovative alternative power and propulsion technology for ships.
Now, industry players are increasingly putting a modern spin on one of the oldest concepts in shipping: harnessing the power of wind for ship propulsion.

SPONSORSHIP – Packages Available

SHIPPINGInsight 2019

15-17 October, Stamford, Connecticut

The premier technology forum and networking event for maritime industry professionals.

The maritime world is entering the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, with disruptors like automation and digitalization joining forces with impending regulations to create profound change in our industry.  This unprecedented convergence results in challenges—and opportunity.

Join industry colleagues at SHIPPINGInsight 2019 to gain clarity on the pathway ahead.  Meet with solution providers who will help not only maximize the potential of your business, but help you get in front of the demands being placed on industry, and society, today and in the years to come.

Established in 2012, SHIPPINGInsight is a multi-pronged industry engagement platform focusing on fleet optimization and innovation to support the maritime industry as it experiences accelerated change.  In addition to a weekly news/opinion outlet, the signature feature of SHIPPINGInsight is its annual fleet optimization and innovation conference held in October in North America.   The event provides a forum for shipowners and solution providers to exchange ideas and discuss challenges in facing the transformation of the industry. The 2019 event is taking place Oct. 15-17 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.

GreenPort Cruise Congress 2019
IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

16-18 October 2019 – Hosted by Port of Oslo
Location: Felix Conference Centre, Oslo, Norway
Event trailer:

Discount code for your members: memdiscgpc
Twitter: @GreenPortBiz #GPCongress

The 15th edition of GreenPort Cruise & Congress will be hosted by The Port of Oslo from 16-18 October 2019.
The conference provides over 200 decision makers from the port community – port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics operators – with a meeting place to both learn about and discuss the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice to enable them to effectively implement the changes needed to reduce their carbon footprint and to be more sensitive to environmental considerations.
GreenPort Cruise & Congress 2019 will cover a range of themes including high tech green solutions, multimodal supply chains, zero emissions solutions for ports, terminals and cities, increasing efficiency and cutting costs.
Oslo is one of Europe’s most ambitious and active cities in the area of environment and climate. As the European Capital of the Environment in 2019, Oslo has taken on leadership in the green change. Port of Oslo will be a zero-emission port and has one of the world’s most modern container terminals with zero-emission cranes. Oslo is also an attractive cruise and passenger port.
In the words of Port Director Ingvar M. Mathisen, “Oslo has a lot to show off”. Join us in 2019 to find out more!

SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum, 8 October 2019 (IWSA Official Supporting Organisation) –

SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, 2 October 2019 (IWSA Official Supporting Organisation) –

September 2019

Electric & Hybrid Propulsion Seminar 25-26 September, London (IWSA Official Supporting Organisation)  20% IWSA discount

The Electric & Hybrid Propulsion Seminar will provide expert insight and practical guidance over every aspect of Electric and Hybrid propulsion: from strategic financial considerations, through to operational concerns, and looking forwards to future regulatory compliance in line with the IMO’s ambitious 2050 carbon reduction targets.
An intimate event that gives you face time with high level stakeholders across the supply chain. Speakers confirmed for this year include: Transport and Environment (T&E), PBES, Port of Kristiansand, IWSA, DNV-GL, UK Chamber of Shipping, and more.
IWSA Wind Propulsion Presentation – conference schedule & further information

5 September 2019 – SSSRI-MARIN Seminar – This seminar will put a spotlight on Smart shipping and Green propulsion. Presentations will be given by experts from the industry, SSSRI and MARIN Grand Soluxe Zhongyou Hotel Shanghai: No.969 Dongfang Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120 – Free of charge, including drinks, snacks and lunch

June 2019

18 & 20 June – Education Program – World Maritime University (WMU) – IWSA Secretary General Gavin Allwright leading two days of seminars in Malmo focusing on sustainability, leadership and innovation in the maritime sector.

19 June – Green Ship of the Future – Annual General MeetingIWSA Presentation & wind Propulsion Discussion

4-7 June – Nor-Shipping – Think Tank – bringing together 12 experts in decarbonisation, shipping operations and innovative low carbon technologies. Panel discussion – pathways to sustainability and decarbonisation in shipping. Discussion featuring Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary General and Diane Gilpin CEO of Smart Green Shipping Alliance.


Green Marine is heading to Cleveland, Ohio, for its 12th annual conference. GreenTech 2019 will take place at the Westin Cleveland Downtown Hotel, from Wednesday, June 5 to Friday, June 7.

In addition to discussing issues directly related to Green Marine environmental certification’s performance indicators, GreenTech 2019 will tackle emerging issues and other topics relevant to shipping and port sustainability, such as:

  • The Human Factor of shipping sustainability
  • Dredging and habitat restoration
  • Big Data / Data analytics
  • Traffic management

As always, there will be expert knowledge, actual experience and best practices shared, along with detailed information about innovative sustainability initiatives and great networking opportunities.

As every year, GreenTech 2019 will hold a commercial exhibition. The Green Marine conference has earned an enviable reputation for showcasing the latest sustainability technology and innovation for the marine industry. As a result, it has become the key event to convey efforts and advancements in marine transportation sustainability to a keenly interested group of attendees.

Green Marine will also present recent, current and/or proposed scientific research focused on improving the shipping industry’s environmental sustainability to display in poster form at GreenTech 2019’s exhibition. Don’t miss it!

GreenTech’s relevance makes it the essential gathering of the year for everyone involved or interested in improving maritime transportation’s environmental performance.

May 2019

Blueweek – 27-29 May –  Natural Propulsion Seminar (29 May)

The next port of call of the BlueForum is the home town of one of the most important climate agreement milestones!

More than ever, collaboration between all stakeholders in the maritime industry are needed to realise a necessary and ambitious energy transition.

As usual, the Natural Propulsion Seminar takes place during Blueweek and will be co-chaired by IWSA and MARIN. This brings together wind propulsion and other alternative natural and renewable energy solutions.

Register now (free of charge but limited spaces) –

28 May – IWSA Annual General Meeting

We will be holding the IWSA AGM at the same venue as the Natural Propulsion seminar above. We will hold the AGM in the morning and then have Wind Propulsion Hub meetings for the IWSA Europe Atlantic and IWSA Europe North Sea and Baltic groups.

NOTE: Please send your agenda points and proposal to the secretary no later that end of April.

See you there!!!

April 2019

Washington DC – 01 April 1430-1700

Winds of Change – Wind Propulsion’s Role in Decarbonizing Shipping

Join us for a conversation about the growing trend of wind propulsion in commercial shipping and pathways to decarbonize this global industry. The line-up will feature talks by the Secretary of the Award-winning International Windship Association ( and a senior researcher from the International Council on Clean Transportation ( on the emissions reduction potentials of wind-assist technologies for ships. Plenty of time for debate and discussion, along with refreshments.

This is a free to attend event but there are limited spaces available – please contact Gavin Allwright to reserve your spot. We will need your name, organization/position and contact cell phone.

Date: Monday 01 April
Location: Downtown Washington DC (address tbc)
Time: 1430-1700

Sponsored by: Anemoi Marine Technologies, Dasivedo Design, eConowind, Inerjy, MARIN, Neoline, Norsepower, Oceanfoil, Peaceboat – Ecoship Project, Sail Cargo Inc., Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Wind + Wing Technologies

Activities supported by Green Marine , NAMEPA, Port of Vancouver & SHIPPINGInsight

San Francisco Boat Show  – 05 April 1630-1930

Blowin in the Wind – From Ferries to Super Tankers: Wind Propulsion is making a comeback in Commercial Shipping

Join us for a conversation about the growing trend of wind propulsion in commercial shipping and pathways to decarbonise this global industry. The line-up will feature talks by the Secretary of the Award-winning International Windship Association ( and Wind+Wing Technologies (  on their innovative wingsail designs. Plenty of time for debate and discussion, along with a finger buffet and drinks all aboard the Adventure Cat, rated one of San Francisco’s “Must Do” activities to see the Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding sights. Now in their 28th season, Adventure Cat takes over 40,000 guests a year on their custom built catamarans for unforgettable sight-seeing excursions, and sailing 95% of the time on the power of the wind!

This is a free to attend event but there are limited spaces available – please contact Charlie Bogue or Gavin Allwright to reserve your spot. We will need your name, organisation/position and contact cell phone.

Date: Friday 05 April
Location: Pick up point – San Francisco Boat Show Venue
Time: 1630 meet, Cast off at 1700 – don’t be late!
Voyage Duration: 2.5hrs (return around 1930)

We look forward to welcoming you all aboard.

Sponsored by: Anemoi Marine Technologies, Dasivedo Design, eConowind, Inerjy, MARIN, Neoline, Norsepower, Oceanfoil, Peaceboat – Ecoship Project, Sail Cargo Inc., Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Wind + Wing Technologies

Activities supported by Green Marine , NAMEPA, Port of Vancouver & SHIPPINGInsight

CMA 2019 – APRIL 2, 3 & 4, 2019 (Tue – Thu), Stamford Hilton Hotel, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

The leading shipping conference in the US – Meet with a dynamic cross-section of industry leaders. In 2018, CMA SHIPPING welcomed over 2,000 visitors

For more information or to register,

contact CMA SHIPPING 2019
tel. +1.203.406.0109 ext. 3717 • fax. +1.203.406.0110

March 2019

Port of Vancouver – 27 March 1400-1700

Winds of Change – Wind Propulsion’s Role in Decarbonizing Shipping

Join us for a conversation about the growing trend of wind propulsion in commercial shipping and pathways to decarbonize this global industry. The event will be hosted by Port of Vancouver on Wednesday 27 March, 1400-1700. The line-up will feature talks by the Secretary of the Award-winning International Windship Association ( and the locally based CEO of Dasivedo Design ( on their innovative Tig Rig retrofit designs. Plenty of time for debate and discussion, along with refreshments.

This is a free to attend event but there are limited spaces available – please contact Gavin Allwright to reserve your spot. We will need your name, organization/position and contact cell phone.

Sponsored by: Anemoi Marine Technologies, Dasivedo Design, eConowind, Inerjy, MARIN, Neoline, Norsepower, Oceanfoil, Peaceboat – Ecoship Project, Sail Cargo Inc., Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Wind + Wing Technologies

Activities supported by Green Marine , NAMEPA, Port of Vancouver & SHIPPINGInsight

IWSA Canada & US Spring Tour

25 March – 11 April – Canada & US Spring Tour – as previously announced, IWSA Secretary General will be heading over to the US and Canada this Spring for a series of events in this important region. The itinerary is still taking shape, however here are the key anchor events (other dates and venues to be confirmed)

25-28 March – Port of Vancouver – IWSA seminar hosted by Port of Vancouver

01 April – Washington – Policy briefings in Washington DC & IWSA NGO Seminar

02-04 April – CMA 2019 – Gavin will be attending all three days of the CMA 2019 conference in Stamford, Connecticut. This is the largest shipping conference in the US, and IWSA is also proud to be an official supporting organisation. He will also be on one of the panel discussions on Second Day, regarding alternative fuels and propulsion – focusing on decarbonisation pathways.

05-07 April – San Francisco Boat Show – there will be a number of short IWSA talks on all three days along with our local member Wind + Wing, who will also have their trial rig on show and booth there. We will also be arranging an informal dinner for all who would like to come down and join us!

08 April – IWSA Seminar at California State Maritime Academy – reserved for students and staff.

09-11 April – Miami Cruise Conference – Attending the Seatrade Global Cruise conference in Miami – Gavin will be on panel for the Environmental discussions on the morning of 09 April.

We are very happy to be supported in these activities by Green Marine  and NAMEPA

Green Ship Technology and Shipping2030 Europe 19-22 March, Copenhagen.

The IMO’s ambitious carbon reduction targets, announced at MEPC72 in April, mark a sea change in the industry. With our sights set on 2050, the GST agenda for 2019 will tackle the issue of climate change and decarbonisation of shipping with topics including energy efficiency measures, alternative fuels and propulsion methods.

This year has also seen an unprecedented level of global interest in the future health of our seas and oceans – with concerns focussed on the oceans plastics crisis. The conference refreshed programme will take a wider look at the environmental impact of the shipping industry, from combatting the spread of bio-invasive species, to waste management and ship recycling.

Of course we are not losing track of the business-critical insights still needed to meet the requirements for the IMO’s BWM convention and 2020 Sulphur cap – as we see 16 years’ of GST discussions finally becoming a reality.

Speaker line-up includes:

Gavin Allwright, Secretary, IWSA
Diane Gilpin, CEO & Founder, Smart Green Shipping Alliance
Dr Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Marine Environment Division, IMO
Theofanis Karayannis, Head – Marine Biosafety, IMO
Dr Patrick Verhoeven, World Port Sustainability Program Coordinator and Managing Director, International Association of Ports and Harbors
Lars Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO
Wolfram Guntermann, Director, Environmental Fleet Management, Hapag-Lloyds AG
Peter Skovly Jensen, Performance Governance Manager – Fleet Optimisation, Fleet Management & Technology at Maersk Line

As the International Windship Association are supporters of the event, you’re entitled to a 20% saving! To claim, use VIP code FKT3544IWSA during registration or use the following link

December 2018

2019 GreenPort Cruise & Congress: Call for Papers
IWSA Official Supporting Organisation
Submissions are now invited for the 2019 GreenPort Cruise & Congress, hosted by Port of Oslo from 15-18 October 2019. Companies, organisations and individuals are invited to put forward a 250-word abstract by 11th January 2019.
The 15th edition of this annual conference will cover the following topics: GreenPort Cruise: High tech green solutions on cruise ships Business vs emissions – a city perspective on cruise Legislation and cooperation in the cruise industry Waste challenges driving innovation and investment in cruise terminals GreenPort Congress: Green logistics: multimodal supply chains Preparing for the energy transition – dialogues across the industry Towards an era of zero emissions: solutions for ports, terminals and cities Measuring, learning and surveying emissions with smart technology High tech green landside solutions Increasing efficiency and cutting costs in smart ports and terminals City Ports as energy hubs and circular economy
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should be sent, with a biography of the speaker, headshot photo and logo, to by 11th January 2019 at the latest.

November 2018

Series of IWSA Events in Hamburg, Germany

Hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA)
Supported by: MARIKO (DE), HSBA (DE), Utopia Navalis NA (DE),
Shipping Professional Network in Hamburg e.V. (SPNH) (DE), eConowind (NL), Dykstra NA (NL), Norsepower (FIN) & FinOcean (FIN)


16th November – Wind Propulsion Stakeholders Roundtable – from 1500-1730 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) Address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg
We are inviting stakeholders in the region to this initial consultative roundtable concerning the development of the wind propulsion hub for the North Sea/Baltic region – we value your input and please register by sending your name, company/position and contact details to 

16th November – Press Lunch – from 1200-1430 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) = address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg

Theme: Wind Energy – Decarbonisation – Shipping
Invitations to members of the press – this press event will have a number of presentations from IWSA and members and will focus on latest developments in the wind propulsion segment and news of the development of the wind propulsion hub for the North Sea and Baltic region. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Please register by sending your name, company/position and contact details to 

15th November – IWSA Wind Propulsion Seminar/Maritime Lounge  from 1800-2030 – hosted by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) = address: Alter Wall 38, 20457, Hamburg
All those interested to learn more about wind propulion technologies, projects and the latest news with a glass of wine and good company, then please join us!!!  Free to Register – send your name, company/position and contact details to 

13th NovemberWind Propulsion Hub Core Team Roundtable – hosted by MARIKO at Hochschule Emden Leer, 1200-1430. Discussion on establishing the hub for the North Sea and Baltic region. Inivitation event.

10th November – IWSA Secretary presenting at Maritime Nacht at the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) event 1700-2200. Download flyer:  tu_maritime_nacht_2018_flyer

7th November – IWSA Secretary presenting at Safety4Sea Conference in Hamburg. IWSA is an offical supporting organisation for the free to register event. This is a full day event (09:00 to 17:00) at Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg. Register here:

27 – 28 November – Shipping 2030 Middle East – – co-located with Global Liner Middle East, and Shiptech – Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE

IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

Future-proof your business. Harness innovation. Stay ahead of the curve. Shipping2030 gives attendees new strategies to prepare for digital transformation integration within the shipping sector. Co-located with Global Liner Shipping where 100+ leaders and innovator will discuss new trends in digitalization.

Conference Agenda:

14-16 November: Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference

IWSA – Official Supporting Organisation

The Motorship’s Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference will take place from 14-16 November 2018 at the Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Celebrating 40 years of The Motorship’s Propulsion & Emissions conference, and nearly 10 years of the Gas Fuelled Ships conference, 2018 will see the launch of one large, combined and enhanced event consisting of plenary sessions and separate streams.
Over the past decade or so the Gas Fuelled Ships conference has explored the evolution of not just LNG but other clean, low-flashpoint fuels, to the point where they can no longer be considered in isolation from more mainstream propulsion choices. With the 2020 global sulphur cap approaching, operating within the constraints of the Energy Efficient Design Index and with tighter CO2 emissions measures almost certain by 2023, these so-called alternative fuels are now an essential feature in ship owner’s propulsion considerations.
The Motorship’s events are changing to reflect this shift, and to take advantages of emerging synergies in discussions around propulsion and alternative fuels. For the first time in 2018, the long-standing Propulsion & Emissions Conference will be run alongside Gas Fuelled Ships Conference, under the new banner of The Motorship Propulsion and Future Fuels.
The new, enhanced conference will combine the audiences from Propulsion & Emissions and Gas Fuelled Ships. Over two conference days attendees will benefit from insightful technical presentations either n streams or plenary sessions, with the event culminating in a technical visit on day three.   Download conference brochure:

14-16 November – 6th Sustainable Ocean Summit – New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, 72 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong

IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

The 6th Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), organized by the World Ocean Council (WOC), will take place in Hong Kong, 14-16 November 2018 around the theme: “Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World” and with Mr. Kenneth C. K. Koo, TCC Group Chairman and CEO, as Conference Chair. Over the years, the SOS has become the premier forum for advancing industry leadership ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship. The global ocean business community will gather at SOS in Hong Kong – leading a global maritime hub for Asian shipping – to tackle the critical industry challenges facing the growth of the sustainable Blue Economy.

This year’s Summit, organised by the World Ocean Council, has been given the theme of ‘Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World,’ and will provide a platform for leadership companies and organisations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions for ocean sustainability challenges.

The three-day conference will bring together leadership companies from the ocean business community including members of the shipping, aquaculture, tourism and renewable energy industries to explore topics such as marine pollution, climate change and sustainable fishing.

Download Press Release: Press Release_SOS2018_Accreditation Open & Program_June 2018

To register for the event click here.

IWSA Members will get the same preferential rate for SOS 2018 as the WOC Members. This means that until September 15, IWSA Members will pay US$625 instead of US$865 and after September 15, US$865 instead of US$1,025. To benefit from this rate, IWSA Members can use the coupon code below. Here are the steps to register to the SOS 2018:

  • Go to
  • Click on the “Yes” button under the question “are you from the Business Community?”
  • Select the Non-Member Delegate option and click on “Get Tickets”.
  • A pop-up window will appear. On the right-hand side of this registration window, you can enter the following discount code (don’t forget not to add any space before or after the code, it might not work if you do).

Discount code : IWSAMEMB

  • Click on “Continue” and finalize your registration.

12-14 November 2018: Shipping2030 North America & Green Ship Technology (GST) North America

IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

Shipping2030 North America

Shipping2030 North America is back, this year at the Intercontinental Times Square. Co-located with Green Shipping Technology North America for a second year in a row, join us as we discuss business strategies, trends, technologies, processes and projects transforming ships through digitalization.

Save 20% using VIP code: FKT3342IWSA or by booking through this link:

Green Ship Technology North America

Green Ship Technology North America is back, this year at the Intercontinental Times Square. Co-located with Shipping2030 for second year in a row, join us as we discuss regulatory compliance, sustainability strategies, new trends and technologies plus lessons learnt from across the supply chain.

Save 20% using VIP code: FKT3393IWSA or by booking through this link:

5-7 November – CrewConnect Global  & Cruise Connect Summit – Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

CrewConnect Global is celebrating 20 years. 20 years of bringing together people and ideas dedicated to improving the lives, education and wellbeing of seafarers around the world. We’ve put together an action-packed programmed designed to tackle the issues you told us matter most to you

Following a successful launch last year, CruiseConnect is back! On November 5th, Cruise industry leaders will gather together to discuss issues of critical importance to the industry, such as crew supply, specialisation of service, smart recruiting and training strategies and much more.

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October 2018

16-19 October: GreenPort Cruise & Congress 2018 – Port of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

IWSA – Official Supporting Organisation

The 14th GreenPort Congress hosted by the Port of Valencia will focus on profiting from green initiatives.  With representatives from all port stakeholders in attendance, the conference offers unprecedented opportunities for networking and for the exchange of information and ideas. Environmental managers, planners, harbour masters, logistics managers, energy managers, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility executives from ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, shippers, logistics companies and other industry stakeholders will come together to learn, discuss, debate and network at the two day Congress and it’s associated social events. These include an evening Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. A tour of the Port of Valencia will take place on day three. Last year more than 200 port professionals representing 30 countries and 90 ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, shippers and logistics companies attended the GreenPort Congress.

For details of the sponsorship opportunities available for GreenPort Congress 2018, or for any other information, email or call the Events team on +44 1329 825335

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16-17 October – Electric & Hybrid Propulsion Seminar, London, UK

IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

Lloyds Maritime Academy presents Electric & Hybrid Propulsion Seminar, a two part event analysing the business case for hybrid propulsion, fuel cells and battery technologies across commercial fleets.
For Seminar Details:

September 2018

24-26 September – Shipping 2030 Asia & Global Liner Shipping Asia – Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore, Singapore

IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

Shipping2030 Asia

Shipping2030 Asia will bring together over 250 industry professionals to discuss everything in digital, including leadership, technologies maintaining the bottom line, new partnerships driving collaboration in the supply chain, ROI of digital innovation and much more. Co-located with Global Liner Shipping Asia, the event will give delegates access to a wider audience and extended networking.

Save 20% using VIP code: FKT3395IWSA or by booking through this link:

Global Liner Shipping Asia

Global Liner Shipping Asia is the strategic summit for the Asian container shipping industry. Over 250 attendees and 60 expert speakers will analyse the DNA of business strategies and models, mergers and acquisitions, market consolidation and industry collaboration. Co-located with Shipping2030 Asia, the event will give delegates access to a wider audience and extended networking.

Save 20% using VIP code: FKT3427IWSA or by booking through this link:

SMM 2018 – Hamburg – 4-7 September
There will be five IWSA members at this year’s SMM 2018, 4th-7th September – one of the largest shipping events in the world. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn more about wind propulsion technologies, windship projects and the technical side of these low carbon solutions.
MariGreen, Ecoship, Bound4Blue, Norsepower & MARIN – more details in Flyer and postings below.

Download SMM Flyer – Future of Shipping – Follow the Wind
SMM FLYER 2018_web (A4)
SMM FLYER 2018_web_B5 (B5)

Download Press Release (21 August) Press Release – Welcome to the Future of Shipping – Follow the Wind at SMM2018

SMM Website & Registration

IWSA Members Exhibitors at SMM 2018

Bound4Blue (Hall A5 – booth 100)

Download Brochure:
Pamphlet B4B-IWSA-SMM

MARIN (Hall B2.EG – booth 320)

Download MARIN Wind Propulsion Reports:
Performance of Wind Assisted Ships – WASP

R122_11-13_Zero-emission shipping meets high-level sports

WiSPJIP Leaflet v10

Peace Boat: Ecoship (Hall A5 – booth 110)

Read more about Technology:
Watch Promotional Video

MariGreen (Hall A5 – booth 204)

Download Report & Factsheet:

MariGreen general project Info


Norsepower (Hall A5 – booth 302)

Download Norsepower Brochure & Latest Newsletter:

Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution brochure 2018
Norsepower News 2018-06-25


August 2018


14-15 August – World Maritime University – 2-day seminar as part of Sustainability Project Development Seminar Series– preparing students to develop maritime sustainable develop projects on return to their respective countries. [Education Program]

June 2018

26-27 June – MTCC-Caribbean 3rd National Workshop (1st Southern Sub-regional), Trinidad and Tobago
IWSA Secretary will make a presentation on the development of wind propulsion and the potential for fuel savings in the fleet, along with small vessel developments and projects. MTCC Caribbean is one of the five Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres established and funded by the EU and implemented by the IMO. IWSA is supporting the development of these centres as a member of the Global MTCC Network (GMN) stakeholder advisory committee at the IMO.


May 2018

30th May – Natural Propulsion Seminar, hosted by City of Rotterdam & STC. Organised by MARIN in cooperation with IWSA. IWSA Secretary will chair the seminar again this year – final call to register for this event – Free of Charge

Great line up of speakers includes:

  • Installation of Norsepower Rotor Sail on board Viking Grace, Norsepower, Finland
  • Zephir & Boree, Sail Shipping Company, CNIM, France
  • Innovative large sail technology for a new cruise experience, STX France, France
  • Wind+Wing developments; scaling up, Wind+Wing Technologies, USA
  • Net Zero Sail Propulsion for Tankers with the TankerProa, Innovative Marine Technology, USA
  • The Tig Rig Retrofit Sail System, Dasivedo, Canada
  • Ventifoil developments, eConowind, the Netherlands
  • Development of global wind power industry, as inspiration for wind assistance on ships, World Wind Energy Association, Germany (Secretary General Stefan Gsänger)
  • BICEPS Network: shippers demand sustainable ocean shipping, FrieslandCampina Corporate Procurement, the Netherlands
  • Has hydrogen potential to be used as a marine fuel?, CMB, Belgium
  • Sustainability and wind assistance in shipping at the TU Delft, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Systematic variation of wind assisted ship designs, MARIN, The Netherlands

29 May – IWSA Annual General Meeting, Rotterdam
Looking forward to meeting IWSA members and supporters for a day of discussion, strategy and sharing a vision of a sustainable, wind powered future for shipping. Contact if you would like to attend.

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15 May – IMO 70 Forum – IWSA Secretary attending IMO 70 year forum, discussion panels on the role and vision for the IMO at 70 years and the upcoming challenges. IWSA Member, Diane Gilpin, CEO of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance on the panel of experts.

IWSA looks forward to contributing to IMO MEPC and other GHG deliberations and will work with the industry on developing the tool box of wind propulsion solutions as a key component in the decarbonisation of the shipping industry. We will also continue to engage the shipping industry, regulators an the wider supply/logistics chain in creating a profitable, truly sustainable shipping fleet that is fit for purpose in the 21st Century.


15 May – Education Program – IWSA Presentation & Discussion with post graduate students from Hamburg School of Business Administation.

08 May – World Wind Energy Association AGM – IWSA Secretary General was warmly welcomed to the WWEA Annual General Meeting, WWEA represents hundreds of organisations around the world promoting wind energy and IWSA will be collaborating closely with the WWEA on developing and scaling the commercial wind propulsion in shipping sector. We look forward to welcoming WWEA Secretary general Stefan Gsanger to our AGM on 29th May in Rotterdam.

April 2018

25 April – IWSA Secretary General joined the Advisory Board for the Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project, being delivered by BMT, ETI & partners. We look forward to further discussing the pipeline of wind propulsion technologies and projects and the project to the IWSA network in the future. www.fuelefficient


19 April – RINA presentation at Newcastle University (UK) – IWSA secretary presenting and discussing developments in commercial wind propulsion with RINA chapter in NE England. Specific focus on recent Flettner rotor and Rotor sail installations along with pipeline of projects and innovations in other technology streams.


12 April – Global MTCC Network event and meetings at the IMO. IWSA is working with the 5 centres to provide information on wind-assist and primary wind propulsion technologies and we are looking forward to further developing those ties.


09-13 April – IMO MEPC72 – IWSA Secretary attending MEPC 72 delibrations on substantial and urgent CO2 emission reductions. IWSA is supporting ambitious targets and wind propulsion provides an important part of the toolbox of technology that can decarbonise the sector.

March 2018


23 March – WMU seminar given by IWSA Secretary on wind propulsion and sustainability in shipping along with ITM power on Hydrogen.


Green Ship Technology (GST) 2018 – 20-23 March, Tivoli Congress Centre, Copenhagen

IWSA Official Supporter

A number of IWSA members will be presenting or on panel discussions during the event. More information and the GST 2018 agenda is available for download from

Ambition 1_5oC - Global Shipping's Action Plan Summit

Green4Sea Conference – Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan – Shortlisted for Initiative of the Year at Green4Sea 2018

Pleased to announce that the Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit, held in Bonn on 13 Nov, 2017, has been shortlisted for the Green4Sea Initiative Award 2018. IWSA was instrumental in co-ordinating this important event along with other co-organisers, LR, MAN Diesel Turbo, MARIKO, Rightship, Danish Shipping and Green Ship of the Future, supported by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI 2040), Carbon War Room and UMAS.
The winner of this award is decided through public vote and so please take a minute to register your vote.




CMA 2018 –  12-14 March, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut

IWSA Official Supporter

The CMA program this year focuses on the critical commercial demands of the industry from finance to disruptive business practices along with vital human and environmental elements so critical to profits and illustrative of the values vital to best practices.

This CMA is dedicated to providing the shipping community with insight into what is happening, access to the people and tools that are transforming the industry and the confidence to take action. There is current business intelligence from subject matter experts for every part of the industry.

Visit the following web-link to learn more and review the developing conference agenda:

As one of the official CMA 2018 supporters, IWSA members and registered supporters are eligible for a VIP pass to attend the event on a limited timeslot basis, if you would like to receive that pass or attend for the whole event, please contact IWSA Secretary for further discount details  and for further event information visit the CMA 2018 website

February 2018

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IWSA Strategy Review planned for either late February or March. Please submit your proposals for the IWSA strategy review, joint project proposals and other discussion points to

Location and date/time to be confirmed – all IWSA members and supporters welcome!

January 2018

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15 January – 3rd IWSA Europe Atlantique group meeting – excellent presentations from the Nantes Saint Nazaire Port, Avel Vor, Neoline and Zéphyr & Borée along with further discussions on the development of the wind propulsion hub and nominations for the steering committee.


Blueweek 2018 – (including Natural Propulsion Seminar – 29 May) – 28-30 May, 2018 STC Lloydstraat 300, 3024 EA Rotterdam

If you wish to get involved and participate (though presentation of projects, proposal for new JIP or EU initiatives) in any of the below areas then complete and submit the proposal form.

  1. Natural Propulsion for the shipping industry (wind, solar, water)
  2. Natural Solutions (Nature inspired solutions)
  3. Ocean Energy (tidal, waves, biomass, floating wind, floating solar)
  4. Blue Life (use of the ocean for farming, protection ocean life

BlueWeek 2018 Rotterdam is naturally powered by STC Group, the City of Rotterdam and MARIN

General information page:

Specific information for speakers:

Proposal form:

November 2017


22 November – Climate change challenge: Shipping’s fair share
Hosted by Danish EcoCouncil at the Clarion Hotel, arrival terminal in Copenhagen Airport.
At COP 21 in Paris, the parties agreed to limit global temperature increase to max. 2 °C above pre-industrial times and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C. The Paris Agreement will require a significant decrease in use of fossil fuels. Is this compatible with the expected significant increase in shipping? Is low carbon shipping possible and what are the costs and the connected consequences?
Register: Dr. Kare Press-Kristensen by mail:


20-21 November – Bremen Sustainable Shipping Conference –  Bremer Konferenz für Nachhaltigkeit in der Schifffahrt – Sustainable Shipping – IWSA presentation on the contribution of wind propulsion technologies to sustainable shipping & CO2 reduction.

06-17 November – A number of shipping related side events at COP23 – more details to follow


13th November – Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit at COP23
in English or in other Languages (German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese)
This event on 13th November in Bonn, will gather 150-200 invited, influential industry representatives and UNFCCC delegates to take action and create an Action Plan for the decarbonisation of the shipping industry. Work undertaken and subsequent strategies developed within the Action Plan will consider and include all active industry environmental work streams and initiatives. IWSA is proud to be one of the co-organisers and coordinator of this event, along with Danish Shipping, Lloyd’s Register, MARIKO, MAN Diesel Turbo, Green Ship of the Future and RightShip. Advisors include Sustainable Shipping Initiative, Carbon War Room and UMAS/UCL

Schedule of Events:
10 Nov – Side Event:
Inside COP23 ‘Bonn Zone’ 1700-1800, German Pavilion
13 Nov – Main Event:
Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan
15 Nov – Press Conference:
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Bldg, 1400-1530



07-08 November, the World Wind Energy Association will host the Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase (GRESS) at COP23, Bonn. During the COP23, the Renewable Eenergy industry will present its solutions in the context of a stand-alone event against the
COP23 delegates, including many decision-makers from governments, international  organizations and NGOs. The two main main topics will be full renewable energy supply and decentralization as an important characteristic of such RE supply. There will be a focus on transport solutions as part of the program and IWSA is proud to be an official supporter of this event.


08 November – RINA Conference, Power & Propulsion Alternatives on the 8th November at EUROPORT, Rotterdam, Netherlands. IWSA wind propulsion paper presentation – update on developments in the sector and pathways forward.

October 2017



23-24 OctoberThe Sail Cargo Network (SCN) team, supported by IWSA, will meet in Emden, North Germany at the EU Dualports conference to discuss the development of the North Sea sailing cargo network, progress and the pilot project for 2018.


16-17 October  – 2nd International Green Shipping Summit
Rotterdam – Venue: Hilton Hotel, Weena 10, 3012 CM Rotterdam, Netherlands
Contact IWSA Secretary for discount details for IWSA members.


10-13 October – 12th GreenPort & GreenCruise Congress
IWSA official supporter

This will be held in Amsterdam this year, supported by the Port of Amsterdam, providing decision makers from the port community – port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics operators – with a meeting place to both learn about and discuss the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice to enable them to effectively implement the changes needed to reduce their carbon footprint and to be more sensitive to environmental considerations.  The Congress aims to highlight innovations in equipment and technology to allow port users to adhere to policy, whilst illustrating practical solutions through case studies from the global logistics chain.

With the ongoing increase in numbers of passengers enjoying cruises, the GreenPort Cruise Conference provides a platform from which cruise terminal operators and other cruise stakeholders, including city representatives and cruise lines, can meet to discuss the many environmental issues surrounding this expanding industry.

This year Greenport will feature a presentation by IWSA executive commitee member, Madadh MaClaine on the development of a sail cargo network in the North Sea – Thursday 12 October 1640-1700  Program download

Contact IWSA Secretary for discount details for IWSA members.

September 2017


27-28 September – World’s First Conference on Energy Independent Electric Vehicles: Land, Water & Air 27 – 28 September 2017 | TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
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IWSA association partner – Contact IWSA for discount details for IWSA members.


04-05 September – Shipping in Changing Climates – International Conference 2017

Taking place a week before the London International Shipping Week 2017, 4th -5th September 2017, the Shipping in Changing Climates consortium’s fourth international conference in association with Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), will present new research from academia and industry on the latest perspectives on shipping efficiency and emissions. University College London, Roberts Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

August 2017

Call for Papers – 2nd International Conference on Smart & Green Technology for the Future of Marine Industries taking place on 23-24 April 2018, Glasgow, UK  – call for papers deadline 17th November  – More information can be viewed here


21-22 August – World Expo 2017 – Astana, Kazakhstan – IWSA guest presentation & engagement with world renewable energy sector & clean tech investment . Presentation during the Future Energy Forum – Conference 10, “Energy Solutions for the Climate Change Problem”
The Astana EXPO-2017 Future Energy Forum takes place in the Congress-Center located northwest of the main exhibition site. (21-22 August)


14-15 August – World Maritime University – 2-day seminar as part of Sustainability Project Development Seminar Series– preparing students to develop maritime sustainable develop projects on return to their respective countries. [Education Program]

July 2017

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21 July – University of Tokyo – IWSA seminar – Hosted by the research team at the Department of Ocean Technology Policy and Environment, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences. [Education Program]


03-07 July MEPC71 proceedings at IMO. IWSA representative attending the week long discussions, with a strong focus on pushing forward with the decarbonisation agenda, HFO use restrictions in the Arctic and other issues. The growing momentum on the decarbonisation agenda will lead to a very interesting year, as the industry chooses whether to move ahead with ambituous plans to aim at a significant contribution in line with a 1.5C target and the subsequent urgent and deep cuts that will be required. MEPC72 in April 2018 will be an important meeting, but a lot of work to do before that date.

June 2017


IWSA Meeting: Nantes, France – Un hub Europe Atlantique de l’IWSA à Nantes, lancement le 29 juin  Further information


Electric and Hybrid Marine World Conference 2017 – 06-08 June
IWSA is an Official Supporter of the conference taking place in Amsterdam on 6-8 June.

The only international conference on Hybrid & Electric Ship Technology:  Dramatically reduce CO2 emissions and cut fuel costs – if you are interested in hearing about the latest technology, the latest projects, and speaking to industry leaders, you must attend the conference. Click Here to view the full programme – Over 50 Speakers, PLUS Meet Almost 200 Exhibitors.

IWSA members recieve a 15% discount for conference tickets – please contact with your details and we will arrange that directly

Presentation: Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary will be presenting an updated overview of the Wind Propulsion sector on Day 3:   Thursday 8th June 2017  Session: Innovative Hybrid Solutions
Speaker slot:  16:25 – 16:50

May 2017


39th Motorship Propulsion & Emission Conference – 10-11 May, Grand Elysee Hotel, Hamburg ,Germany – IWSA official supporting organisation

Building or retrofitting vessels fit for the future, whatever it may hold, is more challenging than ever before. Environmental regulations, economic pressures and technological advances are already reshaping how the global merchant fleet is fuelled, powered and equipped. In light of these challenges, the 39th Motorship Propulsion & Emission Conference brings together owners/operators and equipment manufacturers to discuss technical advances and in-the-field experiences that will equip the industry to ‘future-proof’ the global merchant fleet.

Download Conference Programme: 39th Prop&Emiss 2017 Conf Prog

Book online at
IWSA members recieve additional 10% discount for bookings or you can contact: secretary(at) to arrange that.

April 2017


22 AprilTimbercoast‘s S/V Avontuur has it’s arrival party in Bremen today, bringing 20 tons of coffee from the Caribbean.
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Message from Timbercoast & Arrival festival details:


We wish you and your family a very happy Easter Holiday and we trust you will find all the chocolate eggs on the Easter hunt!  We invite you to join us for the AVONTUUR Arrival Festival in either Bremen on April 22nd or in Eslfleth on April 29th.  Saturday, April 22nd at the Bremen Europahafen – Konsul-Schmidt-Str. 10 join us in celebration of World Earth Day.

11:00 Begin
11:30 AVONTUUR Arrival
12-13 Open Ship
13-17 Coffee unloading
17:00 Open Ship

Entertainment Program:
11:00 FREE All day sailing for kids
13:30 Music by bye bye
14:30 Capitan Bockermann Address
15:00 Music by Jana Hansmann
17:00 Music by Nagelritz

Organic coffee transported between continents by wind, the sailing cargo ship the AVONTUUR will arrive in Bremen on Earth Day 2017 signalling a fundamental shift towards a truly sustainable shipping culture. What better way to wake people up to the lackluster approach of the shipping industry towards global warming than through a cup of coffee?  
Germany is the largest coffee importer in the European Union and Bremen is the city at the centre of the trade.  Within Germany, the shipping of this daily ritual emits over 160,000 tons of CO2 per year which equivalent to 35,000 passenger vehicles be driven for one year.

In cooperation with EU Dual Port Project, IWSA and BREMEN BIKE IT.

Can you help us unload the coffee? If so, please right us back to


18 April


Linneaus University/Maritime Academy, Kalmar, Sweden Greening Maritime Transport – IWSA Secretary lecture and seminar – EU Vasco de Gama program. Discussing Sustainable Shipping and Wind Propulsion Technology, innovation and uptake in particular. Focused on where the technology and the industry are going in the coming decade. The challenges & interactions that the wind shipping industry faces when dealing with the industry, regulators, ports, transport consumers etc. The goals of the IWSA  and the steps that need to be taken to reach a more sustainable future in commercial shipping.

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10 April – IWSA Meeting – we will hold a meeting from 1300-1700 on the day before the Natural Propulsion Seminar (below), at the same venue, please contact me if you would like to attend: Gavin Allwright, Secretary,

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Natural Propulsion Seminar, 11 April – IWSA in association with MARIN & Blueweek – 10-13th April, Den Helder, Netherlands. IWSA Secretary, Gavin Allwright will chair this year’s Natural Propulsion Seminar with an extensive list of expert presenters:

  • Reduction and market potentials of wind propulsion technologies for ships and how to reach them – CE Delft
  • Analysis of the reduction potential of wind propulsion technologies for ships – Tyndall Centre
  • Wind Assist Ship Performance Prediction – Strathclyde University
  • Quantifying the attainable fuel savings with wind assisted propulsion – Dykstra Naval Architects
  • Wind assistance and target reduction of the EEDI – MARIN
  • Analysis of the market potential and economic effects of wind propulsion technologies for ships – Fraunhofer ISI
  • Low hanging fruits in energy use and operator perspective towards Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) – MARIN
  • Flettner-rotor technology – MARIKO and Hochschule Emden-Leer
  • Wingship system – Windship Technology
  • Maritime Transport 2.0 – Blue Technology
  • WASP, the status of DNA involvement and selected test cases – Dykstra Naval Architects



March 2017


Education Program
24 March – IWSA Secretary:  Lecture & Seminar
on Wind propulsion, Innovation and Sustainable Shipping at the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden


Green Ship Technology (GST) 2017
[Shipping2030 co-located with Green Ship Technology Europe]
IWSA Official Supporting Organisation
22 – 23 March 2017
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

Over 400 industry professionals will gather at the co-located Shipping2030 Europe and Green Ship Technology conferences to explore innovations and improvements for environmental excellence, get up to date with new regulatory developments and explore how technology will shape the future of shipping.
Events will dig deep into the key industry issues and devise innovative solutions to real business problems that can be implemented now, covering everything from smart ships, connectivity, big data, ballast water management and sulphur cap through to policy updates, new disruptive technologies and the future.
IWSA members can save 15%! Simply use promotional code MPFKT3287IWSA on the basket page during registration or visit


CMA 2017 – 32nd Annual Shipping Conference & Exhibition
Hilton Hotel, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
20-23 March 2017
IWSA Official Supporting Organisation
IWSA members contact for ticket discount details
Register Here

January 2017


World Maritime University (WMU) – International Conference on Maritime Energy Management (MARENER 2017) , Malmo, Sweden 24-25 Jan 2017

IWSA Wind Propulsion Technology Presentation

December 2016


World Ocean Council – Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS2016)Rotterdam 30 Nov – 02 Dec
Ocean 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Business Community

Panel Discussion: Reducing CO2 Emissions: Affordable, Scalable Solutions for Maritime Industries  –  ay 3– Fri, 2 Dec, 10:30-12:00

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 13 Combat Climate Change / SDG 14 Conserve and Sustainably Use the Ocean

• What strategies can be developed for affordable, scalable solutions to reduce the CO2 output of maritime industries?

• How can the diverse community of vessel owners and operators best collaborate with each other, with other key industry sectors (e.g. the fuel industry), and with the IMO to achieve practical, implementable  CO2 reduction?

• How can shipping industry, other vessel owners/operators, shippers, consumers, financial organisations, regulators and other stakeholders best align interests and efforts to reduce CO2 from vessels?

Chair: Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping

• Warwick  Norman, Executive Director, RightShip
• Theofanis Karayannis, Technical Officer, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
• Eric van der Schans, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Rotterdam
•Michael Traut, Research Associate, Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester
• Gavin Allwright, Secretary, International Windship Association (IWSA)
• Coen Faber, Coordinator, Boosting Initiatives for Collaborative Emission Reduction with the Power of Shippers (BICEPS)
• John Maggs,  Senior Policy Advisor, Seas at Risk

November 2016


23-24 Nov  – Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) – Energy Efficient Ships 2016 Conference – London – IWSA presentation on 24 Nov, 11.15-11.50 – ‘Commercial Wind Propulsion Solutions: Putting the ‘Sail’ back into Sailing’
The conference will be held at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, RINA HQ, 8 -9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK.


22 Nov – IWSA AGM –  The meeting will be held at University College London (UCL) Energy Institute, Euston, London [More Details to Follow]
14 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0NN

17-18 Nov  Blue Sky Over the Sea?
German Environment Ministry Conference
IWSA presentation on ‘Modern Wind Ships’ 17 Nov 1630-1700
The International conference “BLUE SKY OVER THE SEA? (Air quality and emissions reduction from shipping – with regional focus on Baltic and North Seas)” organised by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – Umweltbundesamt

“>UBA) will focus on the current status of air quality in the marine environment, reduction measures in the shipping sector, future air quality scenarios and needed measures.

16-18 Nov – Motorships Gas Fueled Shipping Conference – Hamburg
International conference discussing the issues around LNG and alternative fuels. IWSA official supporting organisation. IWSA members should contact to discuss discounts for the conference.

October 2016


24-28 Oct – IWSA attending IMO MEPC 70, London.Discussions on the shipping industries ‘Fair share’ of CO2 emissions.


11-14 Oct  – Green Port & Green Port Cruise Congress Venice, Italy
IWSA is an official supporting organisation for this conference and IWSA members should contact to discuss discounts for the congress.

Peace Boat Ecoship Project to present at Green Port Cruise 11 Oct. 1330-1515 Ecoship – an alternative futuristic approach – Andres Molina, Project Manager.

September 2016


SMM Booth and Presentation area (6-9 September)
IWSA will have a booth in the new A5 hall, which is a new exhibition area dedicated entirely to ‘green propulsion’, covering all aspects of alternative and environment friendly technologies in marine propulsion.
SMM is the world’s leading maritime trade fair, last year it welcomed 50,000 visitors from 108 nations. With 2,141 exhibitors from 67 countries.
We have also arranged a presentation area close to the IWSA booth, that will be operating throughout the 4 day event, with over twenty presentations, panel discussions, networking events and more – details to follow shortly.

May 2016

25 May

IWSA Meeting
as part of Blueweek – bringing together members, associates and supporters to discuss IWSA programs, work stream development and networking.
Further details to follow

24 May


Blueweek – Natural Propulsion Seminar – 24th May
We are pleased to announce that IWSA is working in association with MARIN to put on this year’s Natural Propulsion Seminar as part of Blueweek. We will be chairing this year’s seminar to be held on 24th May in Waggingen, Netherlands. Presentation line-up has been announced – DOWNLOAD , including many IWSA members. REGISTRATION – NOW OPEN
IWSA will also be holding it’s half yearly meeting/conference on the following day, 25th May at the same venue and we look forward to welcoming many of our members and supporters to that event too. Members & Supporters – Contact us if you would like to attend  secretary(at)


11-12 May


38th Motorship Propulsion & Emissions Conference
IWSA Official Supporting Organisation
The 2016 Conference, the 38th in the series, will be held on 11-12 May 2016 in Hamburg and will give insight into the latest in engine and propeller design and maintenance. The ever present need to lower costs and improve efficiency, together with latest fuel options and updates on ECA Compliance and roundtable discussions will all be included on the programme, the call for papers will be released in summer 2015.

April 2016

19 April


Linneaus University/Maritime Academy, Kalmar, Sweden Greening Maritime Transport – lecture and seminar – EU Vasco de Gama program The windship innovations that have led up to this point, and where the technology is expected to take us in the next 5, 10, 20 years. The challenges/interactions that the wind shipping industry faces when dealing with the industry, regulators, ports, transport consumers etc. The goals of the IWSA  and the steps that need to be taken to reach a more sustainable future in commercial shipping.

March 2016

21-23 March 2016


IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

21-23 March 2016
Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT, USA

Join the international shipping community at the Connecticut MaritimeAssociation’s 31st Annual Shipping Conference and Exhibition. CMA Shipping 2016 continues a tradition of bringing 2,500 of the best and the brightest from the international shipping community together in North America’s leading commercial shipping center, for three days of businessand market oriented activity and superb networking.

The CMA represents all facets of the international shipping industry and wehave worked to create conference sessions that have direct relevance to allaspects of the shipping and trade markets. These sessions are best associated with the goal of delivering immediate commercial, technical, regulatory or strategic value to the industry and its global participants. The bottom-line is to give you information to trade on, grow from, planwith and use, today – from the people who are leading the way.

15-18 March 2016


Green Ship Technology Conference 2016
IWSA secretary will be moderating innovation panel discussion at the biggest environmental shipping event in the industry calendar.
15 – 18 March 2016
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

December 2015

06 December

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World Climate Summit
IWSA will be participating in the World Climate Summit on Sunday, bringing sustainable shipping & logistics and the case for wind propulsion and renewable energy development within the shipping industry.

World Climate Ltd is partnering with Sustainia, a leading global sustainability think tank, in coordinating the 6th annual World Climate Summit.
Together, they will organise the most impactful conference and awards show during the UNFCCC COP21, by bringing the top 100 sustainability solutions, and convening 500 business, finance, and government leaders and celebrities during a weekend of solutions for our climate.

05 December


« De la course au large au transport maritime : les solutions de demain pour de nouveaux modes de propulsion à voile sur les mers »

Dans le contexte de la COP21 et dans le cadre de l’initiative Solutions COP21 MER FORTE a le plaisir de vous inviter à une conférence – Samedi 5 décembre à 14h au Grand Palais à Paris


01 December

“Shipping- part of the climate solution”
The International Chamber of Shipping, Armateurs de France and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association

In recent decades, human activity has impacted climate and natural environment all over our planet. 90 per cent of the world’s traded goods are seaborne and shipping is today the most energy-efficient mode of transportation. As the largest and most important means of global, intercontinental transport, shipping has a strong responsibility for ensuring sustainable development and a healthy environment.
Climate change is a global challenge, and shipping wants to take part in the important discussions on climate change mitigation. The industry is committed to reducing its CO2 footprint and is working to improve its climate performance.

Open discussion on “Shipping – part of the climate solution”
Tuesday December 1st at Centre Pompidou, Paris, at 10 am- 14 pm–cop-21-roundtable/
Speakers include:
Ségolène Royal, French minister of Ecology; Sustainable development and Energy
Christiana Figueres , Executive Secretary, UNFCCC (tbc)
Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General, ICS
Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Environment and Climate, Norway
Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, IMO
Sturla Henriksen, CEO Norwegian Shipowners’ Association
Gildas Maire, President Armateurs de France, the French Shipowners’ Association
Jose Maria Figueres, Global Ocean Comission
Sabrina Chao, Hong Kong Shipowners Association, Chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited
Diane Gilpin, Smart Green Shipping Alliance


November 2015

28 November

Salish Sea Trading Cooperative

Sail transport in the Puget Sound
End-of-Season Debriefing: lessons learned and next steps
Saturday, November 28, 1 – 3 pm
Ballard Library: Community Room
5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
(accessible directly via 40, 44, and connecting D Line bus)

24-26 November
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SCC 2015 -INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SHIPPING IN CHANGING CLIMATES -Technologies, Operations, Logistics and Policies towards meeting 2050 Emission Targets

26 November 2015

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Portsmouth University – Sustainable shipping and Wind propulsion presentation & seminar.

16 November 2015

Nous vous remercions de nouveau chaleureusement pour votre inscription à la conférence organisée par Armateurs de France et Surfrider Foundation Europe le lundi 16 novembre 2015 au Pavillon TARA Océan & Climat (Paris – Pont Alexandre III) sur le thème :

« L’Europe du transport et des services maritimes dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique

Enjeux réglementaires et défis technologiques à l’approche de la COP21 »


12 November 2015


Vindskip & Smart Green Shipping Alliance presenting at Norwegian Shipowners’ Association – Nov 12th 2015 – Energy Efficient Shipping

10 November 2015

2nd Energy Efficiency in Shipping Conference – IWSA members presenting  Brochure

10-12 November 2015


IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

The 6th Motorship Gas Fuelled Ships Conference is a two-day technical conference providing the very latest information on LNG and other ‘fuels of the future’, is being held in Hamburg, Germany on 10-12 November 2015. The conference includes a networking dinner and technical visits to see the Stena Germanica and the Hummel LNG Hybrid barge. Contact IWSA secretary for further information and member discounts. GFS 2015 Conference Programme

October 2015

06 October 2015
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IWSA AGM Event – 06 October

We will hold this year’s AGM in Copenhagen on 06 October. This coincides with Danish Maritime Week 05-09 October and the day before the Greenport conference (07-09 Oct) which IWSA is a supporting organisation.

05th October : 1830-2100 Drinks and networking event [OPEN SESSION]

06th October :  0830 (or 0900) -1230 Main AGM – closed event for members only. Skype link, probably 10-15 members/supporters. Main IWSA administration business (MEMBERS & REGISTERED SUPPORTERS ONLY)


1330-1730 – work stream meetings (1 hour) and open forum (2 hours) 5-10 min presentations from each of the work streams with 20 minutes discussion (Tech, Finance, Market transformation, Communication, Policy) Networking (1 hour) [OPEN SESSION]

1730- second party, work stream closed meetings if requested [OPEN SESSION]

Please contact Gavin on if you would like to attend any of the sessions.


07-09 October 2015
GreenPort Congress 2015


IWSA Official Supporting Organisation

The 10th GreenPort Congress will provide decision makers from the port community – port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics operators – with a meeting place to both learn about and discuss the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice to enable them to effectively implement the changes needed to reduce their carbon footprint and to be more sensitive to environmental considerations. Congress will highlight the innovations in equipment and technology to allow port users to adhere to policy, whilst illustrating practical solutions through case studies from the global logistics chain.

05-09 October 2015


Danish Maritime Days 05-09 October

IWSA members will be presenting and attending at many of the events during this week including the Interferry Conference 05-06 October and the Greenport Conference 07-09 October as an official supporting organisation. We will also be holding our annual general meeting in Copenhagen on 06 October.

September 2015

Fathom Ship Efficiency Event 08-09 September

Come visit the IWSA booth at the event to be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre – we look forward to seeing you there. Contact IWSA Secretary for further information and member discounts.

IWSA FINALIST in Fathom Ship Efficiency Award ‘Initiative of the Year’ Award

ISWA has been selected as one of five finalists for this prestigous award hosted by Lloyds Register. The Award winners will be announced during the Ship Efficiency conference on 09 September as part of London International Shipping Week.
Download Press Release Ship Efficiency Awards -IWSA Finalist – press release 19Aug2015

07-11 September
London International Shipping Week

IWSA Supporting Organisation

We are happy to announce that IWSA is an official supporting organisation of the London International Shipping Week. 07-11 September
Please contact the IWSA secretary for further details and member discounts.

June 2015

23-25 June 2015
23-25 June Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo

IWSA members attending the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Conference 2015 in Amsterdam

13 June 2015
Announcement – 13 June – Welcome back party for Tres Hombres and her crew

Location: Willemsoord 73, Den Helder Netherlands
Time and date: 13th of June 2015 starting at 1pm (13:00)
Music: By Zinkzand!!

Tres Hombres will also be in Amsterdam from 5th until 10th of June 2015    Fairtransport BV Shipping & Trading

02-05 June 2015
NORSHIPPING Conference, Oslo


Norshipping – Both Diane Gilpin (B9 Shipping) and Tuomas Riski (Norsepower) will be presenting at Norshipping 2015 on Thursday, 04 June in Oslo.

May 2015

18-24 May 2015


18-24 May – Climate Week – Paris 

IWSA Secretary and Executive Committee members attending events in Paris in preparation for COP21 in Paris in December


21 May – Sustainable Innovation Forum

IWSA attending Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) Stakeholder Launch Event – Paris


19-20 May – OECD GIFF – IWSA attending 2nd OECD Green Investment Financing Forum – Paris

11-15 May 2015 International Maritime Organisation Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 68 proceedings.


11-15 May – International Maritime Orgnaisation (IMO) – IWSA will be attending the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 68 proceedings.


12 May – Norsepower/Finland Delegation – Side Event Presentation at MEPC 68: Results from a commercial pilot project using Flettner type auxiliary wind propulsion technology
Tuesday, 12 May, 1.30 – 2.00 pm in the Main Hall, Ground floor Norsepower MEPC68 Flyer TRi01

April 2015

20-22 April

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Blueweek 2015
MARIN Blue Week & Natural Propulsion Seminar, Delft, Netherlands, 20-22 April – The market for marine renewables is growing steadily. The industry, universities and research institutes work together on many innovative ideas that can speed up project timelines and lower project costs. The BlueWeek is a showcase event, where all parties can present their ideas and learn about interesting projects of others. Three main topics are distinguished: natural propulsion, wave and tidal energy, offshore wind energy.


SAIL Conference 22-23 April – In partnership with Blueweek.
Final Conference of the EU Intereg IV program – final work stream presentations, R&D results etc.  0900-1230, Workstream Workshops 1330-1630

Delft, Netherlands
Final Conference SAIL 22-4-15 Delft Netherlands 6-2-15 (2)

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IWSA Conference/Working Group

We will hold our annual conference in partnership with MARIN’s Blueweek and the S@IL Conference. IWSA members will be presenting at both the Natural Propulsion seminar and the S@IL public event and we will hold a facilitated discussion/activity to explore pathways towards commercial hybrid sail.

21 April
– Natural Propulsion Seminar (Public Event) – IWSA members presenting – MARIN, Norsepower, Wind Challenger, Neoline, Wind+Wing Technologies + IWSA Secretary

22 April (AM)
– S@IL Conference – IWSA members presenting – PACE-SD (USP), Wind Challenger + Joint IWSA/S@IL discussion of Future of Hybrid Sail.

22 April (PM)
IWSA Event – IWSA update, member & sponsor presentations. This year the focus will be on the development of key work streams and work groups will be held on policy, technical standards, finance, communications and market transformation.
*There will also be an opportunity to extend these meetings into the following day (23 April)

March 2015

04-05 March 2015

37th Propulsion & Emissions Conference
IWSA – Supporting Organisation
The 37th Motorship Propulsion & Emissions Conference, the most informative and longest established technical conference on marine technology and legislation.

“Keeping 2020 Firmly in Sight”

Roundtable Discussions
05 March – Future Propulsion Solutions – moderated by Gavin Allwright, Secretary, International Windship Association (IWSA) – 14:55-16:15

05 March – Presentation of Future Propulsion Solutions Discussion Outcomes to Main Conference + Q/A 16:15-17:00

P&E 2015 Conference Programme

Contact Gavin Allwright: for further details and information on IWSA member discounts.

10-13 March 2015


Green Ship Technology Conference
IWSA – Supporting Organisation

Green Ship Technology conference
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen
11-12 March 2015
Europe’s largest Green Ship Technology gathering!
Join 350+ green ship technology professionals for top level content, conversations and collaboration. You will gain global insight on innovation in sustainable ship design and energy sources, energy management and vessel efficiency, retrofitting, business strategies and growth drivers. They will be expert perspectives from 100+ senior shipping industry speakers on achieving sustainable shipping including Stena AB, V Ships (Germany) GmBH, European Commission and Maersk Maritime Technology.
Shipowners and operator attend for free, please contact for further details.
Plus don’t miss out on The Future of Emissions Controls for Shipping summit, 10 March, as well as the GST Performance Monitoring seminar, 13 March.
The 8th annual GST gala dinner and awards will also take place on 11 March.
For more information, please visit: Quote VIP code: FKT2743IWSWL for a 20% discount.

24-26 March

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Intermodal Asia 2015 (Shanghai, China)

The Intermodal Asia 2015 Exhibition and conference will once again welcome the global container, transport and logistics industry’s leading names, providing the most important meeting point of the year for any intermodal professional. Following the fantastic success of the inaugural event last year, Intermodal Asia 2015 will bring you even more opportunities for business. Visiting the show will enable you to see and source new technologies and products, do business, network with your peers and discuss, debate and explore the future of the industry, not only in this region but globally.

26 March (11:30-12:15) IWSA Presentation – Commercial Wind Propulsion: A credible future for shipping or merely sailing against the wind.


26 March (10:30-12:00, 13:00-17:00) Linneaus University/Maritime Academy, Kalmar, Sweden “Propulsion Towards the Future: Powers and Plights of the Wind Shipping Industry.” lecture and seminar – EU Vasco de Gama program The windship innovations that have led up to this point, and where the technology is expected to take us in the next 5, 10, 20 years. The challenges/interactions that the wind shipping industry faces when dealing with the industry, regulators, ports, transport consumers etc. The goals of the IWSA  and the steps that need to be taken to reach a more sustainable future in commercial shipping.


30 March – IWSA attending the Roadmap Validation Workshops – Sustainable Shipping Initiative