SPNL LISW Gala Event – 13 September 2023
Technology: Turning Risk into Opportunity
The London International Shipping Week is officially over, with the Shipping Professional Network London (SPNL) hosting its most successful event ever showcasing five innovative companies within the maritime sector.
A capacity crowd of guests joined SPNL at its marquee LISW event at the iconic Tower Bridge Engine Rooms. Guests mingled over drinks and tapas with members of the shipping community from ship management, chartering, banking, insurance, classification societies, ship registries, maritime consultancies and technological innovators.
Speakers from Anemoi, DNV, EyeSea, Marsoft and PsyFyi demonstrated their companies and the innovative technologies they have developed to turn risks into opportunities.
Marsoft’s Aditya Trivedi presented Green Screen, a breakthrough initiative program supporting shipowners reach their decarbonisation goals. Green Screen, the Gold Standard accepted program, provides the basis for issuing carbon credits for investments that reduce CO2 emissions from ships.
Anemoi exhibited its range of flettner rotor sails which utilise the magnus to generate lift, propelling the vessel forward. Anemoi CEO Kim Diederichsen took guests on a whistle-stop tour of the company’s growth to date and how its novel solutions allow installation on a range of vessel types and could lead to potential fuel and emission saving of up to 21%.
Guests were then asked to consider the human side of shipping. The maritime sector, the backbone of global trade, is made possible by over two million seafarers globally. PsyFyi Founder and CEO, and ex-seafarer, Claire Georgeson introduced attendees to PsyFyi’s mental wellbeing service that monitors seafarers and helps companies understand how they can reduce risk and improve crew morale.
EyeSea’s Founder Graeme Somerville-Ryan presented the non-profit app and their work to date in mapping global pollution. Not without challenges, Eyesea works with a range of partners and collates approximately 140,000 images per annum of oceanic pollution ranging from plastic to oil spills. Users can photograph pollution and anonymously upload photos to the app. Images are then geocoded so if the pollution is ‘unrecovered’ others can assist.
Finally, DNV’s Alberto Manfredini highlighted the importance of collaboration to support decarbonisation of the industry. Shipping is facing the decisive decade to decarbonise and needs to attract young talent to tackle this grand challenge. Alberto explained the need for training and working with stakeholders across the industry to fuel this transformation. He concluded, “innovation and technology will propel, people and collaboration will steer!”
If you are interested in finding out more from our speakers about how they are turning risks into opportunities, please follow their profiles below:
The SPNL gala event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you to our Diamond sponsors Marsoft, Anemoi and DNV. Gold sponsor Vortexa, Silver sponsor the Marshall Islands Registry and Bronze Sponsors ABL Group and James Fisher & Sons Plc.