Workshop: ‘Zero Emission Port Stay’

mar 2024

Workshop: ‘Zero Emission Port Stay’

The day will include a summary of the findings from the report by DTU and AAU, keynotes on regulation and the grid challenges (from EnergiNet), a panel discussion on the current state of shorepower and the challenges faced by the different actors (ports, shipowners and solution suppliers) and breakout sessions diving into different complementary and alternative technologies.

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When: Thursday, March 21st 2024, 10.00 – 16.00 CET (Refreshments from 9.30)

Where: Amaliegade 33, 18, DK-2100 Copenhagen

Electrification is a central aspect of the green transition of shipping and society in general. For more than two decades vessels have been connecting to shore to lower emissions from the vessel, initially targeting local air emissions and noise. The adoption of shore power has been slow and mainly driven by local regulations and subsidies. Recently though, the focus on emissions from vessels during port stays has received increasing attention due to the focus on lowering GHG emissions and while a full ‘net-zero’ energy transition of all vessels lies decades into the future, the proximity to shore expands the opportunity space, and the pace of which it can be done, during port stays.

This workshop aims to bring central stakeholders together to explore the goal of ‘emission-free’ port stays from various perspectives. We will discuss the environmental problem that we are trying to solve, the concept of ‘zero emission’, and look at current and coming regulations. We will discuss the technical and operational challenges with the dominant solution currently in use; grid-connected shore power. Further, we will discuss alternative and complementary technologies and their potential role in mitigating the challenges towards a future ‘zero emission port stay’. We will also touch upon environmental implications, the relationship with the rising need for charging of vessels, and the general electrification of port equipment, and finally discuss potential synergies/dis-synergies with the overall energy transition of our industry and society. Following the workshop, a white paper highlighting the challenges and potential solutions for lowering emissions from port stays will be published.

Registration for the workshop is done through this link, no later December 11th 2023, at noon CET. There is a cap on the number of participants for this workshop, so please sign up at your earliest convenience.


09.30-10.00   Arrival & Refreshments

10.00-10.10   Welcome and Introduction to the day

10.10-10.40   Zero Emission Port Stay – literature, surveys and interviews (Thalis Zis, Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology)

10.40-11.00   Regulation & Strategy – IMO and beyond (Jasmine Siu Lee Lam, Professor, DTU)

11.00-11.30   The challenge of the grid-infrastructure (Maria Broe, Senior Grid Planner, Energinet & Pernille Wedel Bertelsen, Project Manager, Energinet)

11.30-12.30   Lunch

12.30-13.30   Panel Discussion – challenges and potential

        • Rasmus Ager, Strategic Project Developer, Port of Esbjerg
        • Søren Zohnesen, Harbormaster, Port of Hanstholm
        • Jacob Bjerkam, Head of Sales, Powercon
        • Mads Bentzen Billesø, Head of Innovation & Partnerships, DFDS
        • Hans-Henrik Simonsen, Technical Director, Molslinjen

13.30-13.45   Refreshments

13.45-14.45   Breakout workshops

        • Grid-infrastructure, regulation and standards
        • Batteries (Onboard or port based)
        • Fuel Cells (Onboard or port based)
        • Emission and Carbon Capture (Onboard or port based)

14.45-15.45   Plenum Discussion

15.45-16.00   Round-up and next steps


The workshop is hosted by Green Ship of the Future, DTU and Maritime Research Alliance and is part of the Zero Emission Port Stay project, funded by Clean, the Ministry of Environment of Denmark and the Nordic Council of Ministers.