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The shipping industry has set its course for decarbonization with the ultimate goal of delivering at least a 50% reduction in total annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared with 2008. Rising to this challenge will require collaboration and cooperation right across all sectors of the industry.
And with less than 10 years to achieve the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 2030 goal of reducing carbon emissions by at least 40%, the shipping industry needs to make a difference now if we are to reach those targets.
These challenges were addressed head on when leading experts from across the LNG industry came together to offer valuable insights into how these targets can collectively be reached.
Bringing together industry expertise from across the marine fuels, engine manufacturing, vessel chartering and operating, lubrication and certification sectors, our panellists were clear in their assessment of how those goals can be achieved including:
LNG is the best, immediately available solution available today to help reduce shipping industry emissions
LNG is flexible, scalable and supported by a growing, global infrastructure that will continue to develop
LNG delivers an immediate benefit to the environment and provides the pathway for the development of future marine fuels including Biomethane and Ammonia
Whilst the future of shipping is likely to comprise of a basket of low and no carbon marine fuels, LNG is the vital gateway fuel for these future developments
Taking a wait and see approach is not a strategy. If the IMO targets are to be met, the shipping industry needs to act now and LNG is that solution
The technology, knowledge, understanding, support and infrastructure is already in place today to ensure the shipping industry can achieve the future goals ahead of it
Jesper Rosenkrans is the Global Sales and Business Development Director of Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS), Total’s dedicated business in charge of worldwide bunkering activities. He oversees all commercial and operational activities for TMFGS’ portfolio of marine fuel solutions.
Mr. Rosenkrans also serves on the Board of Zhejiang Petroleum Marine Fuels Co Ltd, a joint venture between Total and Zhejiang Energy Group, as well as on the Board of leading industry organizations, SEA-LNG and The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).
He joined Total in 2018 as General Manager of TMFGS and was responsible for all bunker-trading activities in Europe and Africa. He brings along more than 10 years of experience at the AP Moller-Maersk Group, during which he served in various business development and bunker sourcing roles, and held leadership positions within the Group’s fuel and crude oil trading desk.
Mr. Rosenkrans holds a MSc in Economics from Copenhagen University and a Bachelor degree from Gettysburg College, USA.
Nikolaos Kotakis started his career in shipbuilding, holding various positions in ship repair and new-building projects in Greece, Germany and the USA. He joined TOTAL in January 2012 as Lubmarine Regional Technical Manager for SE Europe. In 2015 he joined Lubmarine’s central team in France, in charge of the OEM relationships. Since July 2020 he holds the position of Technical Director of TOTAL Lubmarine.
Nikolaos holds master’s degrees in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (BEng & MSc), in Business Administration (MBA) and in International Business (EMIB) from Greek, British and French Universities. He is member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA), registered as Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council in UK and as European Engineer (EUR-ING) with the FEANI. He is also a Visiting Professor of Shipping at New York College in Master level degrees of the University of Greenwich.
Volkmar joined Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd in 2014 now as Executive Management Member responsible for Sales. Before WinGD working 10 years in the two stroke turbocharger business of MAN Diesel & Turbo. Prior to that, Volkmar spent 12 years in Switzerland with ABB/ALSTOM and
Volkmar holds an Executive MBA degree
from ESMT / European School of Management and
Technology (Berlin, Germany), a postgraduate Degree in Business Engineering ( St.Gallen ,
Switzerland) and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (Aachen, Germany).
After living in several cities in Germany, Australia and Switzerland, he and his wife now live in Munich, Germany and Winterthur, Switzerland.
Volkmar’s spare time is filled with sailing (and maintaining) their boat, racing and organizing sailing trips at deep sea.
Mireille Franco is the HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment, & Quality) and Technical Director of Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS), Total’s dedicated business in charge of worldwide bunkering activities. She oversees all technical-related activities and initiatives of TMFGS, as well as ensures the application of Total Group’s safety and quality standards across TMFGS’ operations in compliance with local and international requirements and regulations.
Mrs. Franco also serves on the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), a non-governmental organisation established to promote safety and industry best practice in the use of gas as a marine fuel.
With over 20 years’ experience in the shipping and offshore industry, Mrs. Franco joined Total in 2008 as Naval Architecture specialist at the Exploration & Production Branch, where she was involved in the design, construction and service follow-up of Offshore Floating Units. She joined Total’s Marketing and Service Branch in 2018 as Project Architect and LNG specialist. Prior to joining Total, she spent more than 5 years in Bureau Veritas, where she served in the technical team for business development.
Mrs Franco holds a MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Polytechnic School in Madrid and a Master in Marine Renewable Energies from the Spanish Maritime Institute.
Carlos Guerrero is Global Market Leader of Gas Carriers and Tankers in Bureau Veritas head Office in Paris since 2012. Within his main roles he is following closely all type of innovations in gas carriers.
Before joining BV, Mr. Guerrero has been largely involved in shipbuilding activities in several Spanish shipyards, working in the production department, technical office, and finally in the commercial department.
Mr. Guerrero is M.Sc. Naval Architect and Oceanic Engineering by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), where he finalised the thesis in March 1998 and is member of Spanish Official College of Naval Architects.
Prior to assuming his role as Global Director, DPST in March 2021, Amit held various positions at AET since joining in 2008 and most recently headed the Product & Chemical shipping division. He brings with him a wealth of diverse experiences gained as Head of QAHSSE, Head of Commercial Projects, Director of Technical Operations and Vice President Business Development while he also led an innovative project converting Aframax vessels to Modular Containment vessels.
Amit started his career sailing with A. P. Moller Maersk Group after graduating in Nautical Sciences, and after sailing in various capacities stepped ashore in 2002.
Over the years, he has served on different industry forums and organisations including the Singapore Shipping Association “International Committee”; Singapore Maritime Employers Federation; Maritime and Port Authority Singapore “ILO Working group”; DNV Technical committee and INTERTANKO Vetting committee.
Amit obtained his Class 1 Master Mariner license (Foreign Going), holds an MBA from Birmingham Business School, UK and a Master of Applied Finance from Adelaide University, Australia. He is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
Sebastien Roche joined Bureau Veritas as a Structural Engineer in 2006 after a first Shipbuilding Supervision experience in a shipyard in South Korea. In 2011 he joined the Shipping Technical Department of TOTAL Trading & Shipping in Paris as a Marine Project Engineer. Since 2019 he holds the position of General Manager, Technical Department of TOTAL Trading & Shipping.
Sebastien Roche holds a master’s degree with a Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering background.