Sep 23

UK Chamber of Shipping: Future and alternative fuels – what will come out on top?

In person safety culture conference
Thursday 14th September 2023
In person safety culture conference
09:00 - 10:30
Insurance Hall
20-21 Aldermanbury, near the Guildhall

The range of future and alternative fuels as shipping decarbonises is significant but which will succeed is less clear.

As shipping transitions away from fossil fuels the range of future and alternative fuels is significant but which will succeed is less clear.

With the needs of a tug vessel very different from those of a cruise ship or deep sea container vessel different sectors will need different solutions. The UK Chamber of Shipping is bringing together shipping leaders and advocates for a range of future and alternative fuels to discuss the opportunities and challenges they each face.

Speakers will include senior figures advocating for solutions including nuclear, methanol, hydrogen and ammonia and will be moderated by an expert chair who will seek to probe the challenges and risks each technology faces to help delegates leave with a greater understanding of the solutions available.

Speakers to include:

  • Maersk
  • Shell
  • Lloyd's Register
  • Core Power
  • BMT


Sarah Kenny

Sarah Kenny, BMT

Chief Executive
Sarah Kenny is the Chief Executive for BMT. A marine environmental scientist by background, she has worked in marine and maritime science and technology businesses throughout her career. Sarah is former Chair of Maritime UK, a board member of Maritime London, and a Trustee Director of the National Oceanography Centre.

Sarah is also a member of the UK Defence Innovation External Advisory Panel member and the Maritime Enterprise Working Group. She is very proud to be an Honorary Captain of the Royal Navy and an Honorary Member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. Passionate about the UK engineering, science and technology skills base sustainment, Sarah commits time to STEM projects in the maritime field.

Sarah was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to the Maritime Industry and Diversity. In the same year, Sarah was delighted to be awarded an honorary doctorate from Portsmouth University.


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Maria Strandesen, Maersk

Director and Head of Future Fuels
Maria Strandesen is Director and Head of Future Fuels for the Maersk Decarbonization group at A.P. Moller - Maersk. In this role, she leads the team that is responsible for identifying and evaluating different carbon neutral fuels suitable for Maersk s fleet of about 750 vessels. In other words, her team covers the technical subject matter experts that recommends which future fuels Maersk should bet on when decarbonizing their fleet.
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Mikal Bøe , Founder, Chairman and CEO of CORE POWER

As Founder and CEO of CORE POWER, Mikal today plays a key role in the development and deployment of a new generation of nuclear reactor technologies as the solution for ocean transportation to boost productivity and meet its emission reduction targets.

CORE POWER is a UK and US-based innovation and technology development company, establishing a new market for new nuclear technology in the maritime sector.

In the decade prior to starting CORE POWER in 2018, Mikal served as Chief Risk Officer for two large stock listed ship owning groups in the US and in Asia.

Mikal currently serves as Chair of the ‘Maritime Applications and Nuclear Propulsion’ Working Group of the World Nuclear Transport Institute, as a member of the Offshore Technical Committee at Lloyd’s Register and the Maritime Nuclear Applications Group of the National Reactor Innovations Centre in the US and serves as an Advisory Board Member of the UK Nuclear Industry Association.
Mark Darley

Mark Darley, Lloyd’s Register

Chief Operating Officer
Mark joined Lloyd’s Register as a Marine Surveyor in 2000 and is currently the Chief Operations Officer for LR’s Marine & Offshore business. He is responsible for the Marine and Offshore business - overseeing commercial and business planning and developing strategies to improve the company’s competitive position. His aim is to lead, implement and communicate a global marine and offshore
business strategy, establish a clear vision, and achieve operational goals for safety, quality, and financial performance.

A product of LR’s Graduate Training scheme, during his career with LR, Mark has worked as a ship surveyor Dubai, before taking on various operational, business and leadership roles across Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. In April 2020 he became the Chief Operating Officer for the Marine & Offshore business, based in Shanghai, before taking on the role of Business Director in
January 2021

Mark is a qualified Naval Architect, a graduate of the University of Strathclyde.
Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown, Shell

Manager, Technology
Stephen joined Shell in 1995 as an engineer cadet and progressed the marine engineering ranks until eventual promotion to chief engineer in 2005. He commenced a permanent position ashore as a Superintendent in 2005 working within the NLNG operations team. In 2008 he transferred to Japan as part of a regional team managing the BLNG LNG carriers, before transferring with the operation to Brunei in 2011. Stephen returned to London in 2012 as FLNG project manager. Since 2016 he has been Manager, Technology, responsible for the new technology development and shipping decarbonisation.