In this interview with reporter Ilaria Grasso Macola for Ship Technology, LAVLE Chief Operating Officer Morten Pedersen discusses why marine electrification has become “the new black” and how it will contribute to reducing the shipping industry’s carbon footprint.
Read an excerpt below, and check out the full article here.
“IGM: Will the future of the industry rely on electric and hybrid vessels? If so, in what capacity?
MP: I’m 100% sure that this is the case. If you look at the Norwegian fjords or the canals in Amsterdam, they’re all coming out with the pretty aggressive goals of having zero emissions, which means everything has to be electric. I see that also in coastal waters and inland borders.
But in that short period of time, as the technology matures and gets more efficient, I see [hybrid vessels] spreading as there’s an overall interest in not having these emissions.
The industry has taken on electrification very well. I would say that marine electrification has accomplished more in the last five years than what alternative fuels have done in the past 15 years.
I definitely believe electrification is the future and I think we haven’t even scratched its surface yet.