Green propulsion likened to a gold rush

The pursuit of cleaner propulsion solutions has created “a sort of gold rush atmosphere” among engine manufacturers, according to Germany’s maritime policy coordinator, Norbert Brackmann.

Brackmann was speaking yesterday at a press conference where the German government unveiled EUR45m ($51.1m) in funding for research into zero-emission ship engines.

German engine manufacturers are taking a lead in the development of alternative propulsion as witnessed at this year’s giant SMM exhibition in Hamburg in September.

Earlier this month MAN, Germany’s largest engine manufacturer, unveiled the world’s first marine, liquid hydrogen fuel-gas system.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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