Relive Ms Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria’s keynote speech from SNIC 2022 – a call to maritime decarbonization.
Ms. Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, the VP, Regional Manager South East Asia, Pacific & India, Maritime at DNV, gave a keynote speech at SNIC 2022, calling for action on maritime decarbonisation. She emphasized the need for a mix of solutions in the maritime industry, including low-carbon fuels, energy efficiency technology, and supply chain optimization to achieve decarbonization.
Concrete projects already underway
The transition to cleaner fuels like methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, and fuel cells is accelerating, with concrete projects already underway. Recent innovation examples in green methanol, hydrogen, and fuel cell technology, green ammonia, and wind-assisted propulsion were highlighted in the speech.
Upskilling crews and on-shore staff
However, the shift to new fuels and technology requires upskilling crews and on-shore staff to ensure safe operations and bunkering. Ms. Saenz de Santa Maria emphasized the importance of the human element and competence in enabling safe decarbonization and digitalization transformation.
Collaboration across industries and authorities
She also emphasized that collaboration across industries and authorities is necessary to achieve the net-zero goal. Achieving the decarbonization of the maritime industry requires a joint effort and cooperation among various sectors.
Singapore-Norway maritime innovation pipeline speeds decarbonisation
In a recent article in Riviera Maritime Media, Ms. Saenz de Santa Maria elaborated further on how the Singapore-Norway maritime innovation pipeline speeds decarbonisation. The collaboration between the two maritime powerhouses facilitates projects studying the use and handling of new low- and zero-carbon fuels and technologies, digitalisation, and the creation of green corridors.
In summary, the message from Ms. Saenz de Santa Maria is that the maritime industry is shifting towards cleaner fuels and technology, and a mix of solutions is needed to achieve decarbonisation. Upskilling the human element is crucial in enabling safe decarbonization and digitalization transformation. Collaboration across industries and authorities is necessary to achieve the net-zero goal.
See Ms. Saenz de Santa Maria’s presentation deck here.
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