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Greening Inland Shipping 2022

On 7 March 2022, the PLA co-hosted a panel event with KTN, who helped us issue a call for a zero emission berth innovation. During the online session, solution providers showcased technologies that have the potential to help meet net zero goals.

Our panellists -- who represented the typical vessels on the Thames -- included Kurt Cowdery from Cemex, John Spencer from GPS, Andrew Osbourne from the PLA and Tom Woods from Silver Fleet. KTN also set out different technological challenges and likely funding sources in 2022.


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Opening and Introduction
Matthew Moss, KTN; Alistair Gale, PLA; Tanya Ferry, PLA

Pitch Block 1
Paul Andrews (Oak Tech)

Pitch Block 1 Q&A

Pitch Block 2
Amr Mahmoud (Marine Zero); Tim Munn (Iconsys); Matt Candy (Steamology)

Pitch Block 2 Q&A

Pitch Block 3
Alenka Zeme (LiNa Energy); Prof. John Irving (ZEM Fuel Systems)

Pitch Block 3 Q&A

Available funding & finance

Opening (10:00am)

Introduction & Housekeeping - Matthew Moss (KTN) 

Welcome from the PLA - Alistair Gale, Director of Corporate Affairs and Tanya Ferry, Head of Environment

Overview of decabonisation options and drivers for change - KTN

10:30am Pitch Block 1 - 5 mins each

  • Paul Andrews (Oak Tech)

10:45am Q&A - Block 1 pitchers

11:00am Pitch Block 2 - 5 mins each

  • Amr Mahmoud (Marine Zero);
  • Tim Munn (Iconsys);
  • Matt Candy (Steamology)

11:00 Q&A - Block 2 pitchers

11:15am Pitch Block 3 - 5 mins each

  • Alenka Zeme (LiNa Energy)
  • Prof. John Irving (ZEM Fuel Systems)

11:30am Q&A - Block 3 pitchers

11:40am (Optional) Available funding & finance - Matthew Moss (KTN)

11:50am Conclusion & Close - All


Kurt Cowdery

Andrew Osbourne

John Spencer
GPS Marine

Thomas Woods
Woods' Silver Fleet


Panel Biographies

Kurt Cowdery

Kurt Cowdery is the Director, Marine at Cemex Marine Aggregates.

Andrew Osbourne

Andrew Osbourne is the Marine Services Manager at the Port of London Authority.

John Spencer

John Spencer is Managing Director of GPS Marine Holdings and a board member of all the GPS Marine Group companies. John is primarily responsible for GPS Marine’s drive to improve its environmental performance and becoming early adopters of energy consumption reduction measures and such emissions reduction solutions as are available and viable today, such as alternative fuels, post combustion technologies and diesel particulate filters.

Thomas Woods

Thomas Woods is the Managing Director of Woods' Silver Fleet.