Nor-Shipping 2019 – focusing on marine sustainability

Marine professionals from 48 countries all coming together to share knowledge and trends within sustainable ocean development – personally, I can’t think of anything better! Did you get the chance to visit one of the year’s biggest events in the marine industry? If not – here is a brief summary of the trade fair describing current trends in the marine industry, what we at Volvo Penta showcased and why we love attending events like this. 

A natural meeting place for actors in global marine industries

Every other year, since 1965, Nor-Shipping has been a natural meeting place for actors in the marine industry. This year was not an exception as 1,000 exhibiting companies, 35,000 delegates and hundreds of networking and knowledge sharing opportunities were offered. Our oceans are of interest maybe more now than ever before for reasons not only relating to marine businesses but also for the sake of our environment in regards to, for example, pollution and the development of new energy sources. This became clear at this year’s event as sustainable ocean development was at the top of the agenda. 

Emission reduction technologies and the fuel of the future  

The 21,000 square metre exhibition space gathered products, solutions, and services divided into six different halls. Each exhibition hall had an individual theme: The Blue economy and “tomorrow’s business solutions today”, IT & Navigation, Safety & Rescue, Shipbuilding & Repair, Maritime Services & Logistics, and Propulsion & Machinery. The trade fair also offered a number of technical seminars emphasizing topics such as sustainability, technology, and competence. Underwater drones for inspections, emission reduction technologies, the fuel of the future, big data and connectivity were a few of the headlines which also highlighted current trends in the marine industry.

IMO III solution and rating 1 and 2 for Volvo Penta’s D8 engine  

Nor-Shipping is one of Volvo Penta’s favourite events to take part in as it is a great place for us to showcase our new and innovative marine products and solutions. Two years ago, we presented our IMO III solution for our D13 engine, and this year we showcased our new IMO III solution for our D8 engine, which is one of our smaller engines. It is a particularly compact solution which is appreciated by our customers. IMO III is the first introduction of advanced aftertreatment systems related to exhaust fumes in the marine sector. 

We also launched our D8 engine in rating 1 and 2, which are the ratings for the most heavy duty marine commercial applications. In addition, we highlighted our strategy and plan for designing and offering sustainable power solutions for the marine industry. When working with today’s and tomorrow’s marine solutions we focus on a number of things, such as meeting the IMO III regulations, improve our fuel efficiency and developing our electrification strategy.        

Crew transfer vessels focusing on safety, equipment, and performance

Another thing we appreciate with trade fairs, aside from showcasing our new products, is meeting and greeting both current and potential customers and partners. During our days in Norway, we spent some time with Windcat Workboats, which is one of our customers that design and manufacture crew transfer vessels. Located in Holland, they have a progressive way of working with their vessels focusing on safety, equipment, and performance, among other things. Together, we had a great discussion about the future and how to continue designing innovative and sustainable marine products and solutions.      

In addition, we talked with existing and prospective customers about our project to rebuild and electrify Älvsnabben, which is a passenger ferry in Gothenburg. This solution also generated interesting discussions about future marine solutions.   

Volvo Penta helps decrease the marine industry’s environmental impact

At the trade fair, as well as at our Volvo Penta offices, the sustainability focus cannot be missed. A large piece of the puzzle for creating a sustainable marine industry is decreasing the impact the marine industry has on the ocean. 

We, at Volvo Penta, work on both a local and global scale, from developing future electric propulsion systems to arranging beach cleaning events and removing single use plastic from all events hosted by Volvo Penta. One of our many initiatives is our participation in the global movement called Clean Seas, launched by the UN Environment. We organize beach cleaning activities and host events where we invite partners and stakeholders to discuss how the marine industry can decrease its impact on the environment. For us, it is important to be a frontrunner in the environmental debate and show how we, as a company, can play an active role in that movement.   

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog article about Nor-Shipping 2019 and the current trends in the marine industry. Would you like to know more about how we at Volvo Penta work for a more environmental friendly marine industry? Contact me below or visit us on our website for more information. Also, we would love to say hi on social media!

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