New initiative to kickstart Green Ship of the Future

The environmental project Green Ship of the Future has been dead in the water in recent years, but a new work group is to change that. The aim of the project is still to support technological solutions, says member of the work group, Mogens Schrøder Bech to ShippingWatch.

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In recent years, there has not been much of a future in Green Ship of the Future, which is a project focused on the topic of the environment in shipping, launched in 2008 by Aalborg Industries, Maersk Group, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Odense Steel Shipyard along with the Danish Maritime Authority. Actually there have been no new projects in the cooperation with more than thirty member companies and institutions over the past two years. But that will be fixed now.

"Green Ship of the Future was a good initiative in the beginning, which helped connect companies and research in different development projects within green technology. But during the last few years, the interest has mainly been on the government's blue growth plan and especially on INNO+, which in the blue area had the same green aim as Green Ship of the Future. Currently however, we are experiencing that there is still an unfilled need in the blue Denmark to develop new green technology. This is the need that we want to move forward with," says Mogens Schrøder Bech, who is Head of Division at the Danish Maritime Authority for research and development.

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