Webinar on Alternative fuels: Powering ships to a sustainable future

Webinar Alternative Fuels: Powering ships to a sustainable future 


In 2018, IMO adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gasses (GHG) emissions from ships, setting out a vision which confirms IMO’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping and to phasing them out as soon as possible. The Initial Strategy identifies levels of ambition for the international shipping sector such as decline in carbon intensity and GHG emissions. The IMO further notes that the global introduction of alternative fuels will be an integral part to achieve the overall ambitions.

Belgium shares these ambitions and endorses its commitment. Therefore, a webinar on alternative fuels will take place on Friday 19 November, starting at 13:00 CET (12:00 GMT).




The webinar will outline various pilot projects, address the required regulatory framework and discuss the way forward for an extended use of alternative fuels. Attention will also be given to several technological and logistic challenges. The Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association will also share its expectations on the progressive use of alternative fuels.

This webinar is organized by FPS Mobility and Transport on the initiative of the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister of the North Sea, Vincent Van Quickenborne.


Practical information


All presentations can be found on the bottom of this page along with the recordings.

You can find the programme here:







Bart Heylbroeck


Introduction by the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the North Sea

Vincent Van Quickenborne


Belgian policy initiatives

Els Claeys (SPF Mobility and Transport)



Introduction Pilot Projects

Bart Heylbroeck


Project 1: Maritime hydrogen technology by CMB.TECH

Roy Campe (CMB Tech)



Project 2: Using operational experience of LPG as maritime fuel to develop ammonia as fuel

Frederik Van Huffel (Exmar Technical)


Project 3: Design and conversion of marine engines for the use of hydrogen or methanol

Tim Berckmoes (ABC Engines)


Project 4: Supporting the maritime industry with expertise on the use of alternative fuels

Peter Vander Graaf (Lloyd’s Register of Shipping)


Project 5: Ammonia as fuel – unlocking the potential – regulatory perspective

Martial Claudepierre (Bureau Veritas)


Expectations from the shipowners

Hélène Smidt (Royal Belgian Shipowners Association)





Concluding remarks

Bart Heylbroeck



Bart Heylbroeck


Speaker’s Biographies


Bart Heylbroeck


Bart Heylbroeck is director of the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate  since 2010. Being responsible for the maritime policy implementation in all its domains, has given him a broad knowledge on the technology and regulatory requirements in the shipping industry . This has been further supported by years of previous experiences in shipbuilding and academical research at the University of Ghent as professor.

This has now given him the commitment to support and facilitate the Belgian Shipping in their projects of innovations, ensuring a sustainable growth of the industry.


Bart Heylbroeck holds a master degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Ghent


Vincent Van Quickenborne


Vincent Van Quickenborne stormed into Belgian national politics over two decades ago. At that time, he was 25 and the youngest senator. As of October 2020, Van Quickenborne serves as Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea.


Els Claeys 


Els Claeys is Head of Safety and Environment Policy within the Directorate-General Shipping, a position she assumed since 2014. She started her career in the shipping sector more than 20 years ago and has held various positions within classification society, shipping company, EMSA and  federal public service. Whilst gaining technical and operational experience in the field, her interest was triggered in the development of international legislation, which brought her to another segment of the maritime world, being that of international cooperation and policy negotiations. She represents Belgium at the IMO and is active as IMSAS auditor.


Roy Campe


Roy Campe is Chief Technology Officer within CMB.TECH, the cleantech division of CMB (Compagnie Maritime Belge). CMB is a diversified shipping and logistics group based in Antwerp, Belgium. CMB owns and operates 139 seagoing vessels in dry bulk (Bocimar), container transport (Delphis), chemical tankers (Bochem) & crew transfer vessels (Windcat). The company is an active developer and integrator of hydrogen solutions with a focus on engineering, hydrogen production, industrial and maritime applications.

As CTO, Roy is responsible for a team of 60 people who are working on future proof maritime solutions. Currently the team is working on hydrogen powered tug boats, coasters, CTVs, ferries and on the necessary infrastructure to refuel these ships.


Frederik Van Nuffel


Frederik Van Nuffel is Technical Director of Exmar, a position which he assumed in 2016. In his role as Technical Director, Frederik is responsible for the newbuilding projects being developed by Exmar for both the Shipping and Infrastructure division of the Company. He is also supporting the Business Development Teams of Exmar in their continuous search for new project opportunities.

Frederik has been responsible as Project Manager or as Technical Director for several of the Exmar newbuilding projects such as:

  • One (1) Floating LNG liquefaction unit (Tango FLNG)
  • Five (5) Floating LNG regasification units
  • Four (4) Very Large Gas Carriers, of which 2 are fitted with LPG as main propulsion fuel
  • Nine (9) Midsize Gas Carriers

Frederik holds a degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the Ghent University.


Peter Van de Graaf 


Peter Van de Graaf joined Lloyd’s Register in 1989 and became Surveyor in charge 2008, primarily responsible for marine operations in LR’s Flushing and Antwerp offices. From 1 July 2021 he took the role of “Decarbonisation Business Development Manager”, supporting projects and Clients in Nord Europe.

Before joining LR, Peter Van de Graaf served onboard a variety of ship types for 9 years, from Marine Engineer to Chief Engineer.

Since 2012, Peter has been involved in several projects with alternative fuels, LPG, Hydrogen, Methanol and Approvals in Principle for Ammonia”

Lloyd’s Register started out in 1760 as a marine classification society. Today, we’re one of the world’s leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology – improving safety and increasing the performance of critical infrastructures for clients in over 75 countries worldwide.

The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports science and

engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.


Martial Claudepierre


Global Market Leader Sustainable Shipping.

Martial Claudepierre is at the position of Global Market Leader Sustainable Shipping in Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, Head of an expert Team developing Sustainability Port Folio of BV regarding Strategic Transformation on Decarbonization of Shipping, Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Systems, with a focus on Ammonia as fuel, electrification of shipping and Wind Assisted Propulsion. From 2018 to 2020 he was relocated in Shanghai to endeavor management of innovative projects such as large dual fuel CMA CGM container vessels, assicated LNG Bunker vessel MOL and alternative propulsion development in Asia. He has a Master Engineer Degree in Naval Shipbuilding.


Hélène Smidt


Hélène Smidt represents the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association (RBSA) where she follows up on topics related to maritime innovation and sustainable finance. Within RBSA she leads the Maritime Industry Decarbonisation Council (MIDC) - a think tank that brings together stakeholders from the entire maritime value chain to share (technical) knowledge from ongoing projects - and a MASS-focused think tank where again sharing knowledge and connecting people is key. In addition, RBSA is partner within the STEERER project, which defines amongst others the key actions to be taken to support and fasten zero-emission waterborne transport solutions in the framework of Horizon Europe. 



You can find the recordings here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQoAMyPr6zA