H2SHIPS Final Conference - Propelling Hydrogen as a Key Fuel for European Shipping

Delft, Netherlands

29 June 2023

Are you interested in how hydrogen shipping is possible for North-West Europe? Don't miss this!

We are thrilled to invite you to the final conference of the Interreg NWE H2SHIPS project. As the project nears its completion, we look forward to have you join us for an afternoon of insightful discussions, engaging presentations, and valuable networking opportunities.

This event serves as a platform to share the achievements, findings, and lessons learned throughout the course of the H2SHIPS project, focusing on the advancement and integration of hydrogen technologies in the shipping industry.

The conference will take place at the Auditorium Conference Center of the Delft University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands, on the 29th of June 2023. 

For further information abouth the date and location, please click here.




Registration and welcome coffee


Introduction & Interaction with audience

Rick van der Kleij, moderator


The Interreg NWE H2SHIPS project

1.The Interreg North-West Europe programme
Rebecca Grossberg & Lorraine Brindel-Schild, Joint Secretariat Interreg NWE
2.Project objectives and activities;
Christian-Frédéric Berthon, EIFER (10 min)


Short intervention & Q&A


Results from the French case study – the French action plan

-FR action plan as initial project development stage of H2 ecosystem on the Seine; Annabelle Brisse, Hynamics


Results from the Belgium case study – the Pilot Ostend

-H2 refueling station in the port of Ostend; Jan Allaert, Port of Ostend


Results from the Dutch case study – the Pilot Amsterdam

-The new pilot boat Neo Orbis; Patricia Haks, Port of Amsterdam


Short Intervention & Q&A


Expert talk - Relevance of a port ecosystem for hydrogen implementation & Sodium borohydride technical talk

Klaas Visser, Delft University of Technology


Training and long-term perspectives for Hydrogen in shipping

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, University of Birmingham


Coffee break


Pitching of ongoing H2 projects in shipping in NWE

1.From Zulu H2 to the RH2IWER project: bringing fuel cell ships to the European waterways;
François Gaillochet, Sogestran
2.The CONDOR-H2 project – upscaling hydrogen-based inland shipping;

Marjon Castelijns, DAREL


Panel discussion – How to mainstream hydrogen as fuel in shipping in EU?

Moderator: Rick van der Kleij

Panelists: Marjon Castelijns, DAREL; François Gaillochet, Sogestran; Klaas van Staalduine, Province South-Holland; Grzegorz Pawelec, Hydrogen Europe; Laure Roux, Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine;

-Panel 1: How can we arrive at a business model for hydrogen in shipping? M. Castelijns, F. Gaillochet, G. Pawelec
-Transition: Brief insights into the CCNR roadmap, Laure Roux
-Panel 2: What else is needed to get projects done? M. Castelijns, F. Gaillochet, K. van Staalduine, L. Roux



Rick van der Kleij


Closing remarks and RH2INE handshake

Christian-Frédéric Berthon, EIFER


End of conference and networking buffet


We look forward to this combination of influential industry leaders, researchers, and policymakers to contribute to each session, ensuring an enriching and thought-provoking experience.

To secure your place at the final conference, please register free of charge. Kindly note that spaces are limited, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register now »

We look forward to your participation in our final conference, where we will collectively shape the future of hydrogen-powered shipping in Europe.

Best regards,

The H2SHIPS partners

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