Albert Willemsen - Environment & Sustainability Lead / Former ICOMIA - International Marine Industry

Albert has been Environment & Sustainability Manager of ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) since 2005. He qualified as an engineer within aerospace and later with automotive experience. He started working in 1972 at the Department of Defence (Naval Airforce) followed by the aerospace industry in the Netherlands, ESA Europe and finally project management for developing test equipment of the F16 together with General Dynamics.

Since 1988 he has been active in the international boating and Super Yacht industry focusing on how the yachting industry impacts or benefits the environment, and how it has to comply with international sustainability legislations. He has worked with governmental authorities including the IMO, the European Union and national competence authorities. He developed an integrated environmental, health & safety and energy management system for the Dutch marine leisure sector and Super Yacht industry. With focus on all work processes in relation to the European Union and national legislation.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) is the international trade association representing global marine industry since 1966. ICOMIA brings together 37 national marine industry associations in one global organisation and represents them at an international level, presenting a strong united voice when dealing with issues challenging the industry.


International Hydrogen Strategies are Evolving / Opportunities for New Vessel Builders & Refit Yards

Adopted in 2021, the EU and UK Hydrogen Strategies aimed to accelerate the development of clean Hydrogen. Following 2022 political instability in Europe, energy security and the drive for alternative fuels became urgent and the Hydrogen strategies are now evolving faster than expected. Significant government funding on both sides of the Atlantic will rapidly build Hydrogen infrastructure and storage facilities. Much of this will be around ports, leading to a ready supply of Hydrogen for marine power and propulsion. When ports such as Rotterdam become part of Green Corridors, both coastal vessel operators and inland waterways will be able to consider re-powering. There are plans to use offshore wind energy to create Green Hydrogen, this could also be used by wind farm support vessels. Boat and ship builders are starting to consider how Hydrogen and its derivatives could power the commercial vessels and yachts of the future. Refit yards see opportunities with clean energy, both for projects to re-power existing vessels and to reduce their carbon footprint onshore in the shipyard. Alongside of this, countries including Germany, Italy and The Netherlands are considering how Hydrogen fits into their domestic energy mix.


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