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WinGD welcomed a large delegation of industry representatives this week to discuss the latest developments towards carbon-free shipping. The CSSC Green-Ship Forum was hosted in Winterthur, Switzerland, where the first marine engine was developed 125 years ago.
The gathering comprised ship owners, charterers, shipyards, ship designers and class societies, all focused on accelerating decarbonisation of the maritime industry. Organised by CSSC’s trading company CSTC, the forum featured presentations and discussions around the latest developments in shipping’s green transformation.
WinGD CEO Klaus Heim welcomed guests, saying: “Gathering here 125 years since the first diesel engine started feels very significant as we come together with a collective commitment to accelerate the decarbonisation of our industry. Each person at this event represents an important link in the chain towards decarbonising shipping. By bringing this group together we can advance the conversation around collaboration and funding the projects that will help us reach our ambitious and necessary climate targets.”
Mr. Wang Yongliang, Director of CSSC shared opening remarks before introducing Mr. Lin Feng, Vice President of CSTC who shared insights on the green energy transition in China. Mr. Zhang Xin, Vice Director of Marine Power and Electric Equipment presented a power business review on green solutions, and Dominik Schneiter, VP R&D of WinGD, gave an overview of WinGD decarbonisation roadmap and the development progress on methanol and ammonia engines. After that, the CSSC ship design institutes represented by Mr Li Xin from SDARI and Mr. CI Hongen from MARIC elaborated on green ship designs.
Ship owners and charterers also presented their expectations and their views on progress towards carbon-neutral shipping.
At the closing, CSSC Vice President SUN Wei summarized the overall forum message, further emphasizing the commitment by the CSSC Group to carry forward the green transition in shipping.
The sentiment of the participants was very positive at the closing of the event at WinGD's Engine Research and Innovation Centre. Many expressed appreciation for the opportunity to gather for the fruitful discussions and networking and to witness the advances in the technology that will enable the green transformation.
WinGD expressed gratitude for the opportunity to welcome the forum guests and CSSC hosts at their facilities in Winterthur, Switzerland.