Blue Forum Seminars

Natural Propulsion

The true success of energy transition requires a drastic step towards energy sobriety. Direct use of environmental forces, such as wind, sun or waves will guarantee true sustainability of our future shipping and transport activities.

Zero Emission

Zero emission power solutions are on the rise in all sectors and require new type of expertise and technologies. Sharing such expertise is key at this very moment of the transition, as we are all about to make important choices to create a sustainable future.

Renewable Ocean Energy ​

Renewable energy can be found in many ways across our oceans. True sustainable alternative energy carriers are at reach. Their production and storage can benefit from past experience in offshore activities. However, different approaches and  expertises are also needed to respect and possibly repair our environment.

Blue Life ​

Human activities at sea requires a drastic change in our relation to the ocean. From today we must guarantee the sustainability of our activities: fishing, farming, biomass production or life conservation and protection. Much is possible if we are successful in taking part in the symbiosis of this delicate eco-system.


A sustainable future for Oceans, Energy and Shipping

Dare to set ambitious goals, apply novel techniques to produce renewable ocean energy, rethink transport & shipping to reduce drastically energy use, set sails on all ships, develop and choose zero emission power technologies, protect and cherish the environment, while using all available past experience and knowledge from the Offshore sector: this is how we want to create, together, a sustainable future for Oceans, Energy and Shipping. Welcome onboard the BlueWeek 2022.

June 13

Natural propulsion Seminar

June 14

Zero Emission Seminar

June 15

Blue Forum

June 16

Ocean Energy Seminar

June 17

Blue Life & Ocean Energy workshop

Get in contact


Zero JIP

Christian Veldhuis – MARIN

Joint Industry Project

WISP 2.0

Rogier Eggers – MARIN

Joint Industry Project

Offshore Maintenance Vessel

Erik - Jan de Ridder – MARIN

Joint Industry Project

The maritime industry will come together again in 2021, with the FPSO JIP Week and the BlueWeek set to be held between May 31-June 4. All activities will be live streamed to reach out to you wherever you are on our blue planet. The seminars and the Forum on Wednesday will be open to the public, (following registration), while JIP meetings will be open to members only. 


We need actions today if we are to build a strong foundation for the future. Taking decisions with long-term consequences and making choices in the short-term are not easy. So sharing experience and knowledge is the best possible way forward. By organising such an event, we want to help the maritime sector gain confidence, mitigate doubts, be inspired, innovative, dare to try, fail and try again, think, rethink, design and engineer operations with alternative sustainable solutions.


Please join us – virtually or in person – between May 31-June 4 to power the future with fresh ideas!


Naturally inspired by the Oceans

Our team members have a strong technological background and work daily on projects, research and innovation for the maritime sector. Their involvement in the BlueWeek is motivated by a wish to share knowledge and create synergies between people seeking sustainable alternative solutions in the maritime sector. If you wish to contribute to our seminars, do not hesitate to contact them! If you want to host a BlueWeek, please contact the chairman of the Blue Forum.

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Guilhem Gaillarde

Chairman Blue Forum

“More than ever, collaboration is needed to realise a necessary and ambitious energy transition. Act to keep our planet blue.”

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Rogier Eggers

Chairman Natural Propulsion seminar

“Using natural resources and the environment to power ships.”

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Christian Veldhuis

Chairman Zero Emission seminar

“Solutions to reach the 2050 emission ambitions and beyond.”

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Erik-Jan de Ridder

Chairman Ocean Energy seminar

“Let’s make the ocean our sustainable food and energy source.”

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Floor Spaargaren

Chairwoman Blue Life seminar

“Shaping the future of sustainable activities at sea.”

Naturally powered by MARIN

Natural Propulsion Seminar
Monday, 13 June 2022

Day chairman: Rogier Eggers

10.00 hr

Members only meetings:  please check the exact planning directly with your consortium or project leader.

  • WASP Interreg project meeting

12.00 hr

Registration & Lunch

13.00 hr

Opening Blue Week 2022

Guilhem Gaillarde, Chairman Blue Forum

Rogier Eggers, Chairman Natural Propulsion Seminar

Gavin Allwright, Secretary International WindShip Assocation IWSA

13.10 hr

Session 1: Modelling

  • EEDI/EEXI: on the flip side of the IMO50% guidelines

    Franceco Stella, Performance Engineer, Computed Wing Sail, France

  • Effective wind modelling for performance predictions, including for EEDI/EEXI

    Joost Schot, Project Manager, MARIN, The Netherlands

  • Demonstrating the performance of wind propulsion technology on sea-going vessels

   Sofia Werner, Manager Strategic Research, SSPA, Sweden

  • Identifying the potential for energy efficiency gains in wind-hybrid propulsion systems

    Joshua Lacey, Assistant Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium

  • Q&A / panel discussion led by Gavin Allwright (International Windship Association)

14.45 hr

15.10 hr


Session 2: Project updates

  • OPTIWISE Horizon Europe research project

    Rogier Eggers, Project Manager, MARIN, The Netherlands

  • Material selection considerations for WASP applications

    Thomas James, Marine Business Development, Hexcel Corporation, USA

  • SeaKite, by Yves Parlier

    Yves Parlier, CEO, Beyond the Sea, France

  • Neoliner pilot-project: a sailing entrepreneurship feedback

    Jean Zanuttini, President, Neoline, France

  • All Sail Set: fully wind powered retrofits for low-cost container service

    Miles Keeney-Ritchie, head of company, Aloft Shipping, UK

  • How solar power could help to accelerate the transition towards sustainable shipping

   Sarah Arntz, COO, Wattlab, the Netherlands

  • SKYTUG: Primary wind propulsion for all ships

    James McGarley, Managing Director, Bluewater Engineering Limited, UK

  • The potential of Wind-assistance on the CataMARIN

    Anton Kisjes, Project Manager, MARIN, The Netherlands

16.20 hr

16.45 hr


Session 3: Ships & Propulsors

  • Wind Ship Assisted propulsion: no time to loose. Suction Sail part of the solution

    David Ferrer Desclaux, CTO, Bound4Blue, Spain

  • Advanced Wing Systems innovations in wind assisted ship propulsion

    Greg Johnston, Founder & CEO, Advanced Wing Systems, USA/Australia/Spain

  • Wind propulsion for Shipping: today's best ready-to-implement solution to reduce immediately emissions

   Nils Joyeux, CEO & Co-founder, Zephyr & Borrée, France

  • Q&A / panel discussion led by Gavin Allwright (International Windship Association)

18.00 hr


Zero Emission Seminar
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Day chairman: Christian Veldhuis

9.00 hr

Members only meetings:  please check the exact planning directly with your consortium or project leader.

  • International Windship Association members meeting

  • WASP Interreg project meeting

12.00 hr

Registration & Lunch

13.00 hr

Zero Emission Seminar

Welcome words and opening: Christian Veldhuis, Chairman Zero Emission Seminar

13.10 hr


Session 1: Ships solutions

Chair & moderator: Christian Veldhuis

  • The future of container ships: methanol and beyond

    Emiliano Austi, Director Fleet Technology Maersk, Denmark

  • Low carbon ship design

    Alexandre Bellot, Research Project Coordinator, LMG Marin, Norway/France

  • Q&A or panel discussion

14.10 hr

14.20 hr


Small pause

Session 2: Storage Challenges

Chair & moderator: Christian Veldhuis

  • Sodium Borohydride: bringing a solid hydrogen carrier on board ships

    Hans te Siepe, Director, H2 Circular Fuel BV, the Netherlands

  • Safety challenges when integrating clean fuels on board ships

    Willemien Verdonk, Senior Specialist, Lloyds Register, the Netherlands

  • Q&A or panel discussion

15.20 hr

15.50 hr


Coffee and refreshment break

Session 3: Power solutions

Chair & moderator: Christian Veldhuis

  • ICE developments and challenges

    Kaj Portin, General Manager Sustainable Fuels & Decarbonisation, Wartsila, Finland 

  • H2 PEMFC developments, challenges and steps towards standardisation

    Jogchum Bruinsma, Application Manager Maritime, Nedstack, the Netherlands

  • Q&A or panel discussion

16.50 hr

17.00 hr


Small pause

Session 4: Zero Emission Chain

Chair & moderator: Christian Veldhuis

  • The role of LCA in sustainable ship design

    Jelena Dolecek, Water Revolution Foundation, the Netherlands

  • Zero Emission shipping research: progress made and steps to take

Alex Grasman, Specialist, MARIN, the Netherlands

  • Q&A or panel discussion

18.00 hr

Drinks at the bow

Joint initiative
Blue Forum & FPSO Research Forum
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Day chair:
Session 1: Saskia Kunst & Olaf Waals
Sessions 2&3: Guilhem Gaillarde & Olaf Waals

from 8.30 hr

Registration & coffee

8.30 hr

Morning pre-forum financial Session:

Sustainable Investments enabling your route to zero

A round table organised with Prow Capital, ABN AMRO, ING Bank, Rotterdam Maritime Service Community

10.00 hr

Opening FORUM & Welcome words

Guilhem Gaillarde & Olaf Waals, MARIN

Petra de Groene, Director Economic Affairs and Sustainability, City of Rotterdam

10.15 hr

Session 1: Renewable Energy Production & Storage

Chair & moderator: Saskia Kunst - Chairman Supervisory Board Energy Transition Fund Rotterdam, Director Switch2Offshore

Quandr session and audience interaction: Olaf Waals, Manager Offshore @ MARIN

  • Trends in Floating Wind Market & Engineering

  Fons Huijs, Consultant Floating Wind, GustoMSC, the Netherlands

  • Scaling up Offshore Floating Solar Production

Don Hoogendoorn, CTO, SolarDuck, the Netherlands

  • Green FPSO: a floating solution for large storage capacity offshore

 Jaap de Wilde, Senior Project Manager, MARIN, the Netherlands

  • H2Sines-RDAM: First Green Hydrogen Export – Import corridor between Portugal and the Netherlands

Grégory Bartholomé, Engie, France

  • Gravity Storage System for Renewable Energy

  Robert Werner, General Manager, Heindl Energy, Germany

  • Q&A or panel discussion

12.00 hr

13.30 hr


Session 2: Sustainable Alternative Energy Carriers & Power: changes ahead in operations & logistics

Chair & moderator: Guilhem Gaillarde, Manager Ships @ MARIN

Quandr session and audience interaction: Olaf Waals, Manager Offshore @ MARIN

  • Charging Offshore: e-Buoy concept

  Govert Wagenaar, Bluewater, the Netherlands

  • Terminals for new energies: developments aheads

  Philippe Lavagna, Product account Manager, Imodco / SBM Offshore Group, Monaco

  • Sustainable Alternative Power for Ships: environmental performance and financial considerations

  Maarten van der Klip, PROW Capital, the Netherlands

  • Wind Hunter ~ creating zero emission vessels ~

Kentaro Shima, General Manager, Technology Research Center, MOL, Japan

  • Wind: the ready-to-use sustainable power source for shipping

  Gavin Allwright, Secretary, International Wind Ship Association, UK

  • Q&A or panel discussion

15.15 hr

15.45 hr

Coffee & refreshment break

Session 3: Local & Regional energy transition actions and strategies

Chair & moderator: Guilhem Gaillarde, Manager Ships @ MARIN

Quandr session and audience interaction: Olaf Waals, Manager Offshore @ MARIN

  • SWIM hydrogen-electric propulsion: accelerating the energy transition in Rotterdam with an iconic water taxi

Maarten Fonteijn, Head of Thrust, Enviu, Jonas Brendelberger, Co-founder, Gijsbert van Marrewijk, Co-founder Flying Fish, the Netherlands

  • Engine Off, Shore power on: plugin-in the world’s largest crane vessels to clean power from the shore

   Meike Kolthof , Sustainability Manager, Heerema, the Netherlands

  • Impacts of zero carbon electrofuels for shipping in the case of the Shetland Islands

  Nikolaos Chrysochoidis Antsos, Principal Hydrogen Consultant, Ricardo, UK

  • Energy transition pathway in Balearic Islands

    Pep Malagrava Rigo, DG Energy & climate Change and Ferran Rosa Gaspar, Institut Balear de l’Energia, Spain

  • Achieving a complete renewable energy supply with indigenous resources in Hawaii: the ambitions, plans, current status and challenges

Richard Rocheleau, Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, USA

  • Q&A or panel discussion

17.30 h

19.00 hr

Drinks on the deck


Ocean Energy Seminar:
Mooring systems for renewable Offshore Energy
Thursday, 16 June 2022

In collaboration with:
Mooring Integrity User Group (FPSO research Forum)

Day chairmen:
Arun Duggal (SOFEC) & Erik-Jan de Ridder

8.30 hr


9.00 hr

Mooring systems for Offshore Renewable Energy - morning sessions

Chairmen: Arun Dugal (SOFEC) & Erik-Jan de Ridder

Contributions covering experience of mooring systems gained in the Offshore Oil&Gas sector to be possibly applied for floating wind and solar as well as storage units will be presented.

·  10 Years of the Mooring Integrity User Group – looking back and forward.

   A. Duggal, SOFEC

·  Overview of Floating Wind Development in Taiwan.

   KT Ma, Professor, National Taiwan University  

10.00 Coffee break

·  FOW Mooring – Key Challenges & Opportunities and a new JIP to address     

   Reliability in Design.

    T. Hordvik, DNV

·   Synthetic Rope Technologies: Addressing the Mooring Industry’s Evolving   


    C. Dewijngaert & G.Mozsgai, Bridon-Bekaert

·   Open Discussion: Future Requirements for Mooring Systems?

12.00 hr

13.30 hr


Mooring systems for Offshore Renewable Energy - afternoon sessions

·   High Strength Mooring Chain – Status & Actions.

    Dag-Børre Lillestøl, DNV

·   Mooring Chain Fatigue – New Knowledge with input to both O&G and Floating

    Wind Systems.

    O. Gabrielsen, Equinor               

·   NorMoor JIP Phase 4 – On Chain Reassessment & Life Extension.

    S. Okkenhaug, DNV

15.00 Coffee break

·   Experiences with Full Scale Turret Mooring Measurements.

    B. Bodaghi & R. Leeuwenburgh, Bluewater

·   Mooring Line Failure Detection in the Absence of Load Monitoring.

    M. Naciri, SBM Offshore

·   Open Discussion: The Future of Mooring Monitoring for Improved O&M Performance

17.00 hr

Drinks on the deck

Blue Life & Ocean Energy Workshop:
The Future North Sea – A Balanced Powerhouse
Friday, 17 June 2022

Day Presenter: Sophie van Hoytema

Day Chair: Floor Spaargaren

Energy, food and nature are all competing for space on the North Sea. How do we find the ideal balance between all  stakeholders involved? The North Sea is one the one hand already  an important source of energy and food, and on the other hand also our largest nature reserve. At the same time, we are getting increasingly more dependent on it by the day.

We are asking a lot from the North Sea and new plans to gain more from it are stacking up. That is why the Community of Practice North Sea (CoP North Sea), TKI Wind op Zee, and MARIN join forces to show a glimpse of a successful future of our dear North Sea. The challenge at hand: how can all the stakeholders together make the North Sea a balanced powerhouse?

9.00 hr

Registration & reception

9.30 hr

Opening & Welcome

Sophie van Hoytema, day presenter

Floor Spaargaren, Blue Life seminar chairwoman

9.40 hr

Plenary session

  • Setting the stage: The Future North Sea – A Balanced Powerhouse

  Bob Meijer, director, TKI Wind Op Zee

  • Round Table

  Heleen Vollers, Stichting De Noordzee (North Sea Foundation)

  Nico Buytendijk, program manager CoP Noordzee

  Julius Smith, Ørsted

  Floor Spaargaren, MARIN

10.25 hr

10.45 hr

Short break

Session 1

  • A new business model for the North Sea - Discussion format

Our current economic models are based on the principle of economic growth. Within this line of thinking, we want to keep growing our activity at the North Sea and use up more space. However, the North Sea is not infinite, which makes us wonder if there is an alternative, more sustainable business model to explore. We look at what really matters for a sustainable future and how we can use it wisely, whilst at the same time still prosper.
• Antonios Emmanouil Consultant & researcher Harbour, Coastal & Offshore       

  Deltares - ROAD2SID consortium
• Bram Büscher – Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen  University
• Nathalie Scheidegger Project Leader CoP Noordzee

  • · Energy or migration? The impact of wind farms on birds and bats - Presentation

Wind turbines deliver us the essential renewable energy we need for our society.
But they come at a cost. Migrating birds and bats find the turbines on their routes and fall victim to the rotating turbine blades. The WOZEP-project aims to quickly learn about the movement of birds and bats and how we can accommodate both their natural migration and our need for renewables from sea.
• David Molenaar CEO Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy BV
• Abel Gyimesi bird ecologist at Bureau Waardenburg bv

12.00 hr

13.00 hr


Session 2

  • Get creative with seaweed - Discussion format

Can you eat it? Can you make clothes out of it? Can you make money with/ from it? Seeing as the answer is ‘yes’ to each question, you might start to think that seaweed is the new gold. What can you actually do with seaweed? How big will the demand be, and how can we make that demand grow? And why should we invest in seaweed? We ask the new experts on this natural resource why it’s smart to move from bitcoins to seaweed in the new blue economy.
• Marjanne Cuypers Founder at BlueBlocks
• Joost Wouters Founder & SeaEO The Seaweed Company
• Anne Boermans CEO & co-founder Zeefier
• Marin van Regteren Environmental Specialist at Eneco

  • Green shipping - How can we build a wind farm emission-free - Discussion format

For the construction and maintenance of wind farms, an array of vessels are needed. With the offshore wind sector reaching maturity, the demand for more sustainable ships is growing. And the industry is responding to it. This is one other step needed towards emission-free wind farms.
• Christian Veldhuis Teamleader Ships MARIN
• Jorrit-Jan Serraris MARIN Magpie EU project

  • Installation with a nature-inclusive perspective - Presentation

The installation of wind turbines can be a disruptive process for the natural environment in which they are build, such as vibrations when drilling a monopile into the ground. GBM Works is one of the companies working on a solution to mitigate this disruption. Additionally, they are part of the consortium of SIMOX, a project that is researching alternatives to conventional hammering. But what are the consequences of these ‘new sounds’ and how can this project help policy in setting new norms and ways of measuring sound.
• Marcello Werneck Business Development Manager - Offshore Wind GBM Works
• Ahmed Elkadi Head of department - Energy and Underground Infrastructure at  Deltares and project member SIMOX project
• Julius Smith Head of Business Development Benelux Ørsted

14.45 hr

15.00 hr


Session 3

  • Realisation of a Maripark - Discussion format

There are different types of industrial areas at sea such as hydrogen, wind, and food farms. Looking at the activities above and under the water surface, is there a way to combine multiple activities at one location. At the moment, multiple pilots are being rolled out and can hopefully give us valuable insight into large-scale applications.
• Marjolein Kemna Projectleader CoP North Sea
• Zinzi Reimert Manager Offshore Test Site North Sea Farmers

  • Alternatives for renewable energy - room for floating solar wave and tidal energy? - Discussion format

Wind and solar energy can complement each other, for they derive their energy from different weather elements. Some pilots are already in place near- and offshore, but is floating solar something we can fortify within our catalogue of renewable energy at sea? Looking at large-scale floating solar, some questions arise: how large can build solar panel fields on the water, how much space do they take up, and what are the effects of shadow for sea life below the panels? And what about other forms of renewable energy such as wave and tidal? What is their place in this ecosystem?
• Benjamin Lehner Project Portfolio Manager at DMEC (Dutch Marine Energy Centre)
• William Otto Senior project manager– MARIN
• Max Houwing Wind Energy Researcher – TNO
• Erwin Meijboom – Board Member EWA: Dutch Energy from Water Association

16.00 hr

Drinks and closure -  End of the 2022 BlueWeek edition

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