Ben Medland

Founder and CEO of DRIFT Energy Ltd

Ben Medland

Ben is inventing a new class of renewable energy.  His company, DRIFT, is on a mission to harvest green hydrogen at sea and transport it globally.  Focussed on making a meaningful impact on the energy transition, DRIFT’s patent pending designs combine energy generation, storage and distribution in a 3-in-1 solution to unlock the power of the deep ocean.  Ben has a Masters in System Engineering and 18 years of professional experience working with the c-suite of the worlds largest energy, utilities and engineering firms.  His company made it into the top 6% of the TechX program within the first 6 months of incorporation.

Ben will be sharing the narrative behind his latest endeavour DRIFT, which is focussed on creating a net new class of renewable energy.  One that can scale over 72% of the globe and make a meaningful contribution to the energy transition.  Hear Ben explain why this is a leapfrog technology, one that has many distinct advantages over current renewable technology.  But perhaps the most important message it hearing Ben’s ambition to position DRIFT as a growth platform for the zero-emissions and future martime industry.

Drift Energy

About Drift Energy

DRIFT combines energy generation, storage and distribution into high-performance sailing vessels.
Vessels are routed around Hydroloops to harvest the energy of the ocean. Ready to deliver payloads of Green Hydrogen straight to ports

DRIFT uses proprietary routing software to maintain flotillas in optimum weather conditions.  Artificial Intelligence married to traditional weather forecasting enables the fleet to find optimum routing over week long trips.

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Brian Boserup

CEO & Founder. Blue Technology

Brian Boserup has a commercial background within shipping, steel and the automotive industry, and is the founder of several companies. Since 2008 he has been pushing to develop and mature a new platform for shipping, that will allow commercial ships to operate with zero emissions.

The peak competency is a holistic mindset, entrepreneurship, out of the box thinking, good understanding and respect of the ocean elements such as wind and waves. The key drivers consist of a passion for the ocean and the deep worries for the impact of the climate crises.

Combining wind propulsion, power generation and green hydrogen to achieve true zero emissions on 5000 TEU vessel “Ocean Eagle”

Brian will give a short introduction to the key elements of Blue Technology project Ocean Eagle, and dig deeper into the options for the onboard:
Energy harvesting – An onboard water turbine is activated in favourable wind conditions to generate electricity which is powering the electrolyzer.
Energy storage – The hydrogen is liquified and stored onboard.
Hydrogen utilisation – In poor wind conditions or if special manoeuvres is required, fuel cells will convert the hydrogen back into electricity powering our two electric powertrains. Our design allows shipping to divorce itself from the internal combustion engine technology, and combined with other sustainable technologies we believe we can keep a boat speed close to 16 knots on average. Ocean Eagle is a great enabler for other sustainable technologies.

About Blue Technology

Blue Technology was founded in 2008, as a think tank by Brian Boserup with the ambitious goals to decarbonize the maritime industry and eliminate its need for ballast water. Since then we received funding from The Danish Maritime Found for our proof of concept study, and new AB members have joined.

By the end of 2021 we completed a proof of concept study with positive results and by August this year we will start a 3 year Joint Industry Project, propelling us from a TRL3 to a TRL6, delivering a 24 meter demonstrator and a tender level design of the full scale.  The 240 meter full scale container carrier (5000 teu) can be in service by 2028.

Jeremy Osbourne

CTO and Founder. Boundary Layer Technologies

Decarbonizing the $100bn air freight market with zero-emission hydrofoil container ships

Gürdoğar Sarıgül

Senior Consultant, NAVTEK

Mr. Gürdoğar Sarıgül (MSc) has more than 35 years of professional experience in the field of conservation biology, sustainable development, environment, nature protection, Green & Blue Economy, renewable energy, Climate Change and low carbon development. He spent more than 20 years in the nature conservation field, saving marine turtle nesting beaches, colonial waterbirds and coastal wetlands in Turkey. Mr. Sarıgül has more than 12 years of EU Commission services unmatched experience, leading 13 annual programs on pre-accession  financial assistance for Turkey worth over 1,6 billion EUR. He was peer Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reviewer of European Investment Bank which has been funding renewable energy projects in Turkey. He also worked for Turkish solar energy companies as a business developer for PV power plants up to 1MW. Mr. Sarıgül recently joined NAVTEK Naval Technologies as a senior expert on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Maritime Decarbonisation expert.

World’s first rechargeable fully electric tugboat

Mr. Gürdoğar Sarıgül will be presenting the multi-award winning ZEETUG – the world’s first all-electric tugboat producing zero emissions and no noise and set to make waves in greening port operations.

This powerful design is also highly economical. The modular design of the ZEETUG can be custom-built from 5T Bollard Pull (BP) up to 80T BP, while slashing OPEX by up to 85% due to easy recharging and smart energy management.

Gisas Power


Over 40 years, NAVTEK has grown into multi-sectoral unique naval engineering and architecture, design and build company, committed to technological excellence and an innovative forward-looking approach. NAVTEK is a novel company in the maritime sector that focuses on disruptive marine technologies including energy, fully electrical marine vessels, offshore wind power, autonomous vessels and de-carbonisation of ports. Our company portfolio ranges from highly sophisticated world’s first Self-Propelled Floating Power Plant to world’s first rechargeable fully electrical ZEETUG, to naval forces vessels for the governments to world’s first classed underwater archaeological research vessels and autonomous sea surface marine litter cleaning vessel LAUTUS series.

The NAVTEK team is composed of multi-disciplinary highly skilful 83 young professionals including engineers with PhDs, architects, climate change expert, designers, project and contract managers, and management professionals supported in-house extensively and by our parent company, TK Tuzla, one of the biggest shipyard facilities in Europe.

NAVTEK aspires to be one of the world’s leading naval design, engineering companies committed to deliver the highest quality of products and services beyond the expectations of our clients, without compromising our environmental, social and maritime de-carbonisation commitment.

As a member of ZESTAs we are delighted to be sponsoring this exciting ShipZERO26.5 event towards contributing our global maritime decarbonisation goals. We may be a small company from the outset, but we have very big dreams to make historic changes in the maritime sector with our holistic approach, which in fact is already evident with our ZEETUG.

Ferhat Acuner, (Navtek, General Manager)

Hege Økland

CEO, NCE Maritime CleanTech

Ms. Hege Økland is the CEO of NCE Maritime CleanTech which is a world-leading cluster for clean maritime solutions. Økland holds a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Copenhagen Business School and has broad experience from various management positions in the industry and the finance sector.

Økland is a board member of Enova, Eviny AS, and Sustainable Energy AS, that all are organisations driving forward the green shift in the industry.

TrAM – Electrical vessels and modular production

The TrAM-project’s main objective is to develop and validate a concept for waterborne modular design and construction with a focus on electrical-powered vessel operations in protected waters, coastal areas and inland waterways. The project is now being finalized and has resulted in a new fully-electric high-speed vessel with zero emissions that will operate between Stavanger and Hommersåk on the west coast of Norway. In addition, new manufacturing methods will contribute to 25 percent lower production costs and 70 percent lower engineering costs. The vessel is being built by the Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand.

About NCE Maritime CleanTech

NCE Maritime CleanTech (NCE MCT) represents one of the world’s most complete maritime commercial hubs. The cluster organisation uses the Norwegian maritime expertise, built up over generations, as a springboard for the development of new energy-efficient and environmental friendly technologies. NCE MCT focus on establishing sustainable innovation projects with commercial potential, and work together for new clean maritime solutions.

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Birgit Liodden

Founder of The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL)

Chair of the Norwegian Environmental Boat Association

Birgit founded TOOL, the global ecosystem for innovators within ocean & renewable energy, recently launching the world’s first interactive map and resource match platform connecting innovators across start-ups and established industries focused on ocean & renewables.

Liodden holds 17 years of entrepreneurship & global leadership roles in maritime. She is Chair of the Norwegian Association for Environmental Boats, and board member of TECO2030, Aqua Bio Technology, Greenstat, Bellona Foundation, Kuniko (ASX) and TheFactory – covering hydrogen infrastructure, circular mining, sustainable finance and environment. She is also on the sustainability board of battery company Beyonder.

She is the former Director of Nor-Shipping, founder of YoungShip International, and Global project manager of systems & processes at Wilh. Wilhelmsen. She has pioneered change initiatives focused on next gen, diversity & entrepreneurship throughout her career. Liodden was the first female director of a global maritime expo, founder of the first global maritime entrepreneur award, and the first mentor program for women in maritime. In 2018 she interviewed President Barack Obama in Oslo, and she has been awarded a number of national and international prizes for her leadership, including several years on the Top100 ranking of Influential female leaders in global shipping.

TOOL Spawn platform digital system-change enabler

TOOL Spawn platform is a digital system-change enabler, democratizing access to scaling innovation. Featuring the world’s first interactive map & resource matchmaking platform for innovators across ocean & renewables

About TOOL

TOOL Spawn platform is a digital system-change enabler, democratizing access to scaling innovation. Featuring the world’s first interactive map & resource matchmaking platform for innovators across ocean & renewables

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Hans te Siepe

Director, H2 Circular Fuel BV

After training and working as an inshore vessel captain in short sea shipping, Hans worked has worked for 15 years in fuel cell technology, now developing applications for H2Fuel  technology.

Storage of hydrogen as a inflammable powder under ambient pressure and the release of it on demand.

Introduction H2 Fuel Systems as IP holder and H2 Circular Fuel as application builder then a  description of the status and application possibility of the cyclic system of H2Fuel, finishing with an overview of present projects.

Peter Van Ees

Maarten van der Klip

Partner at Prow Capital, Technology & Climate. Advisor at Econowind

– Finance panellist

Maarten holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is part of Prow Capital. He brings deep maritime engineering and sustainability expertise from a career with technology companies including Wärtsilä and Stork. He was a delegate member with the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and Carbon War Room, aimed at lowering shipping emissions by deploying efficiency modifications.

Prow is an investment management company with a difference. Driven by the scale of the impact we can make, PROW Capital manages and raises funds to provide asset backed finance solutions to innovative sustainability leaders who share our value.

Peter Van Ees

Jelle van den Bogerd

CEO – Bovimex B.V.

– Finance panellist

Michael Prehn

Michael Prehn

Counsellor to IMO
Solomon Islands High Commission & PhD. fellow at CBS

– Policy panellist



About Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands consists of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania, and had a population of approximately 669,800 in 2019. The country’s expansive area covers a unique range of atolls, mountains, and salt-water lagoons, and has some of the world’s richest marine diversity. The country is one of the most vulnerable to climate change, due in large part to the fact that the majority of the population lives within 1.5 km of the coastline and the islands are regularly exposed to extreme rainfall events.

Hege Økland

Alexandra Beverley

Global Brand & Communications at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

– Classification panellist

Bureau Veritas

About Bureau Veritas

At Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, we share a drive to shape a better maritime world for future generations. Pioneering the safety and performance of new technologies since 1828, Bureau Veritas is one of the world’s leading ship classification societies and offshore safety and verification bodies, with a global network to support clients worldwide. 

At BV we understand the challenges that clients face in designing, building and operating truly sustainable businesses. BV is by their side; supporting them with practical advice, tools and technology to run safe, sustainable and high performing businesses.

Bureau Veritas is known for being responsive and building great relationships with our clients; for being flexible without compromise. And because BV Marine & Offshore is part of the Bureau Veritas Group, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, we have a truly global outlook, bringing a broader understanding of the global supply chain and blue economy.

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Hege Økland

Chris Kidd

Partner, Ince Group

– Maritime Law panellist

Chris jointly heads the Energy & Infrastructure Group and leads the firm’s shipbuilding and offshore construction team. He has a wide experience in such areas as well as shipping matters.

Chris frequently advises buyers and shipyards in relation to building, conversion and repair contracts, as well as dispute resolution, for conventional and specialist offshore vessels and floating platforms.

He also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, as well as dispute resolution, in the renewables sector, including offshore wind farm installation contracts, charterparties and contracts for the construction of wind farm installation vessels.

He also advises on yacht and superyacht construction contracts. He has worked with BIMCO in developing standard industry forms for shipbuilding, conversion and chartering of all types of vessels.

About Ince

The Ince Group is a dynamic international legal and professional services business with offices in ten countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With over 700 people, the Ince Group delivers legal advice, strategic guidance and business solutions to clients ranging from the world’s oldest and biggest businesses operating across numerous industries to ultra-high net worth individuals. Through its entrepreneurial culture and “one firm” approach, the business offers its clients over 150 years of experience, insight and relationships. The Group is driven by a unique team of passionate people whose broad expertise and deep sector specialisms provide their clients with solutions to all their complex legal and strategic needs.

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Hege Økland

Alberta Longanesi Cattani

Senior Associate, Ince Group

– Maritime Law panellist

Alberta specialises in non-contentious ship finance matters as well as in shipping dispute resolution.

Alberta’s areas of interest include ESG and the decarbonisation of the industry.

Alberta frequently advises buyers and sellers on ship sale and purchase transactions and on sale and leaseback transactions.

Alberta also handles disputes relating to the full range of shipping contracts, advising and acting for charterers, shipowners and trading companies, with a focus on charterparties.

Alberta is a native Italian and has an international focus.

About Ince

We as Friday & Co Shipbrokers are a specialised ship sale & purchase broker company (with offices in Rotterdam and Riga), mainly active in the nice trades of European shortsea tonnage and Mulltipurpose/heavylift vessels. We do both secondhand and newbuilding sales (under other having our own developed newbuilding concept/design looking at future developments and upcoming regulations). Apart from being a broker we also make  market assessments and issue reports on the short sea fleet (dry cargo) with our joint venture partners Sea3R.

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Hege Økland

Roderick Schlick

Director & Shipbroker
Friday & Co Shipbrokers B.V.

– Shipbroking panellist

Having a seagoing father and grandfather, venturing on to the sea and into the maritime world was a natural decision I always have and still do fully enjoy! After doing my nautical training as Maritime Officer (dual education for Deck Officer and Marine Engineer) in the early 90’s, I went sailing on the high and coastal seas on various Heavylift, Multipurpose, RoRo, Passenger and dry cargo vessels.

After obtaining my Master all Ships license I sailed for a few more years ending as a Captain. Having obtained my masters degree in Maritime Science (Maritime Economics and Maritime Law) from the Universities of Ghent and Antwerp in Belgium, I started working as a ship sale & purchase broker in 2003, specialized in secondhand sales as well as newbuildings in shortsea, multipurpose and heavylift vessels . Since then I have the pleasure to work with nice clients and colleagues on all aspects of the sale & purchase market for ships, an ever changing world I could not dream to live without!

Friday & Co Shipbrokers

We as Friday & Co Shipbrokers are a specialised ship sale & purchase broker company (with offices in Rotterdam and Riga), mainly active in the nice trades of European shortsea tonnage and Mulltipurpose/heavylift vessels. We do both secondhand and newbuilding sales (under other having our own developed newbuilding concept/design looking at future developments and upcoming regulations). Apart from being a broker we also make  market assessments and issue reports on the short sea fleet (dry cargo) with our joint venture partners Sea3R.

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