Making wise and sustainable use of the oceans. Act to keep our planet blue

BlueWeek2022: 10th edition - Join us onboard & online

BlueWeek | 13-17 June 2022 SS Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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.

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!

Just to get an idea of what you can expect (2021 program)

Visit last year program to get a glimpse of what you can expect for the seminars in 2022. Seminars will be live onboard (when possible) and anyway online streamed. Onboard program will be complemented by workshops, cooperative project calls & events, on top of seminars.

May 31

Natural propulsion Seminar

June 1

Zero Emission Seminar

June 2

Combined Blue Forum & FPSO Research Forum

June 3

Ocean Energy & Blue Life Seminars

June 4

Joint Industry Projects & Joint Initiatives


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 take contact with 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

Day chairman: Rogier Eggers

Monday, 31 May 2021

12.30 hr

Opening Blue Week 2021 and welcome words

Guilhem Gaillarde, Chairman Blue Forum

Rogier Eggers, Chairman Natural Propulsion Seminar

12.45 hr

Session 1: Modelling & Measurements

  • Bilge keels and the performance of ships with large wind-assist installations

    Nico van der Kolk, CTO, Blue Wasp Marine,
    The Netherlands

  • Effect of loading conditions on wind-assist performance

    Joost Schot, Project Manager, MARIN, The Netherlands

  • Big data analysis on VentiFoil wind

    Laurens-Jan Lagendijk, Researcher, eConowind, The Netherlands

  • Prediction of full scale Flettner rotor performance on a ship

    Maxime Garenaux, Project Manager, MARIN, The Netherlands

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

14.00 hr

14.10 hr


Session 2: Initiatives & Pitches

  • BlueRoute: simple wind statistics and wind assistance predictions

    Jelle Wisse, Specialists Ships, MARIN, The Netherlands

  • Wind Propulsion Accelerator

    Gavin Allwright, Secretary, International WindShip Association, United Kingdom

  • International WASP Working Group

    Gavin Allwright, Secretary, International WindShip Association, United Kingdom

  • WiSP Joint Industry Project summary & WiSP2 kick-off

    Daniel Barcarolo and Rogier Eggers, Senior Engineer and Project Manager,

    ABS and MARIN, United States, The Netherlands

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

14.50 hr

15.00 hr


Session 3: Concept & devices

  • Tiltable flettner rotors and performance

     Jarkko Väinämö, COO, Norsepower Oy Ltd., Finland

  • Concept development of a wind powered RoRo vessel

    Mikael Razola,  Sofia Werner, & Jakob Kuttenkeuler, Wallenius Marine, SSPA &     
    Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

  • Wavefoil – Retractable bow foils for wave propulsion

     Eirik Bøckmann, CEO, Wavefoil, Norway

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

16.00 hr

16.10 hr


Session 4: Other

  • Wind technologies in shipping to 2050 in the AHOY! study

    Jonathan Köhler, Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

  • Wind-assisted propulsion and shipping contracts under English law

     Haris Zografakis, Solicitor, partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP, United Kingdom

  • Sea trials to validate aerodynamic results from wind tunnel tests for high lift systems used for wind ship assisted propulsion

     Bertrand Charrier, Consultant in Sciences and Environmental policy, France

  • Developing affordable, long-duration monohull observation and multihull cargo sailing vessels

    Michael B. Jones, Managing Partner, SubSeaSail, United States

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

17.20 hr


Zero Emission Seminar

Day chairman: Christian Veldhuis

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

12.30 hr

12:30  Welcome 

Christian Veldhuis, Chairman Zero Emission Seminar

12.45 hr

Session 1: Integrated Ships Solutions

  • 23MW hydrogen PEM fuel cell powered Ferry

    Mads Bentzen Billesø, Senior Project Manager, DFDS, Denmark

  • Zero emission shipping: a smart combination of modular techniques

    Guus van der Bles, Director Development, Conoship

  • ETA 6700: Our journey towards zero emission

    Sam Gombra & Walter van Gruijthuijsen, ETA SHIPPING, the Netherlands

  • Q&A or panel discussion

13.45 hr

13.55 hr


Session 2: Power & Energy Systems

  • HyMethShip – From zero-emission shipping idea to technology demonstration

    Nicole Wermuth, R&D Manager , LEC GmbH

  • Advancements in hydrogen fuel cells for shipping

    Jogchum Bruinsma, Application Manager Maritime, Nedstack, the Netherlands

  • ZERO Joint Industry Project update: designing the engine room of the future

    Christian Veldhuis, Senior Project Manager, MARIN, the Netherlands

  • Q&A or panel discussion

14.55 hr

15.05 hr


Session 3: Fuel Production & Supply

  • Commercialising eMethanol for carbon neutral shipping

    Claes Fredrikson, CEO and Founder, LIQUID WIND, Sweden

  • Wadden Sea as field lab for zero emission shipping

     Kees Turnhout, Deputy Director, Port of Den Helder, the Netherlands

  • Alternative fuels in seaports, role of the port authority

   Jan Egbertsen, Manager Innovation, Port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Q&A or panel discussion

16.05 hr

16.15 hr


Session 4: Rules & Regulations

  • Benefits of ZES, Impact for society

    Kare Pres Kristensen, Senior Advisor: Air QUality & Climate, Green Transition   Denmark, Denmark

  • Combining demand and supply considerations in the maritime energy transition

    Jorrit Harmsen, Senior scientist sustainable shipping, TNO, the Netherlands

  • Our zero emission future

    Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zestas, United Kingdom

  • Q&A or panel discussion

17.30 hr


Blue Forum &
FPSO Research Forum

Day chairmen:
Guilhem Gaillarde & Olaf Waals

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

12.45 hr

Opening Forum and welcome words

Guilhem Gaillarde, Chairman Blue Forum and Olaf Waals, Organiser FPSO Forum

13.00 hr

Session 1: Power the Future

  • European Green Deal: Energy and Maritime Ambitions to sustain the Climate Action

    Mrs Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General, European Commission
    Directorate General for Climate Action

  • Setting course towards renewable energy with BW Ideol

    Marco Beenen, CEO, BW Offshore, Chairman board of directors BW Ideol,    
    Singapore & France

  • The Dutch Maritime Master Plan for Zero Emission & Digital Shipping

     Bas Buchner, President, MARIN, the Netherlands

  • Q&A or panel discussion

14.20 hr

14.30 hr


Session 2: Power the Future

  • Globalizing Floating Wind

    Flavia Rezende, Engineering & Operations Senior Manager, Principle Power,

  • To Create a World that runs entirely on Green Energy

    René Lindeboom, Senior Project lead, Orsted, Denmark

  • Oil & Gas Industry Transition to Renewable Energies & Floating Offshore Wind

    David Petruska, Team Lead – Floating Systems & Metocean, BP, United Kingdom

  • Q&A or panel discussion

15.50 hr

16.00 hr


Session 3:  Announcements & Fresh Ideas to Power our creativity

  • Neo Orbis: The 1st Electrical Propulsed Hydrogen Powered Vessel on Sodiumborohydrate of Port of Amsterdam

    Patricia Haks, Program Manager, Port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Blue FPSO JIP

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

  • Multifunctional Concept to serve sustainable shipping: Wind Lifting System  

    Damien Galas, Student, MARIN, the Netherlands

  • Wind Motion

    Mathis Rühl, Naval Architect, France

  • Modern route optimization algorithms to serve wind propulsion uptake

     Sylvian Faguet, Chief Sales Officer, D-ICE Engineering

  • PROPELWIND new trimaran concept

    Patrick Englebert, Propelwind, Belgium

  • Lessons Learned from the French Wind Ship association's launch 2019

    Florent Violain, President, Association Wind Ship, France 

  • Opportunities for Marine Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

    Chris Barry, USA

  • Project initiative Bolt & Beautiful

    Martijn Hoogeland, Project Manager, TNO, the Netherlands

17.20 hr


Ocean Energy & Blue Life Seminars

Day chairmen:
Floor Spaargaren & Erik-Jan de Ridder

Thursday, 3 June 2021

10.00 hr

Match making EU proposals Green Deal and welcome words

  • EU Outlook for Ocean and Wind Energy Research

    Dr. Carlos Eduardo Lima da Cunha, Policy Officer, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

  • Match making sessions

    Break out sessions

11:30 hr

Closing morning match making

12.30 hr

Ocean Energy & Blue Life Seminars

  • Welcome

    Floor Spaargaren & Erik-Jan de Ridder, Chairwoman Blue Life Seminar, Chairman
    Ocean Energy Seminar

  • Innovation programs in European context

    Bob Meijer, Director, TKI Wind op Zee

12.50 hr

Session 1: Energy Production

  • WTG lifting in challenging conditions by Tetrahedron

    Wilco Stavenuiter, Founder, Tetrahedron B.V., the Netherlands

  • RoboDock

    Ivar de Josselin de Jong, Director Remote Inspection, Fugro,
    the Netherlands

  • Floating WInd Reseach and Innovation - The Floating Wind JIP

   Jan Matthiesen, Director, Offshore Wind, The Carbon Trust

  • Q&A or panel discussion

13.50 hr

13.55 hr


Session 2: Energy Production

  • Floating solar - Taking the sun offshore

    Tine Boon, Head of Renewables - Energy, Tractabel Engineering S.A., Belgium

  • On the Development of Wave Power

    Kim Nielsen, Wave Energy Consultant, Ramboll & Joep van der Zanden, Project
    Manager, MARIN, the Netherlands

  • Offshore energy islands

    Wim Klomp, Project Director, Maritime & Aviation Amersfoort, Royal Haskoning DHV

  • Q&A or panel discussion

15.10 hr

15.15 hr


Session 3: Energy Storage and Infrastructure

  • TIDAL JIP: Turbine Improved Design using Adaptive Blades

    Thomas Lloyd, Specialist Noise and Vibrations, MARIN, the Netherlands

  • Artificial reefs around the world

    Marijn Hooghoudt, Business Development Manager, Subcon Blue Solutions,  Australia

  • Q&A or panel discussion

16.15 hr

16.20 hr


Session 4: Multi-use

  • Large scale seaweed operation

    Olavur Gregerson, Managing Director, Ocean Rainforest, Faroe islands

  • Giant Kelp Culltivation Offshore Namibia

    Hugo Stam & Ferdi Knoester, Project Engineers, Kelp Blue, the Netherlands

  • Mussel Farming in a high energy environment

  John Holmyard, Managing Director, Offshore Shellfish Ltd., United Kingdom

  • Q&A or panel discussion

17.20 hr


Joint Industry Projects & Joint Initiatives

Friday, 4 June 2021

10.00 hr

International Windship Association IWSA Wind Propulsion Strategy Roundtable  Members only, please follow this link for more information 

13.00 hr

ZERO Joint Industry Project General Assembly

Members only, please follow this link for more information ZERO-JIP

13.30 hr

Kick-off WiSP2 Joint Industry Project: pre-registered 

Members only, if you are interested to join this meeting, please check information on the JIP on that link JIP WISP-2 as well as on the JIP WiSp-2 Leaflet 

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