Ships of the Future – Building the next generation

This past Thursday, at De Nieuwe Poort Rotterdam, in the heart of the city, Youngship Rotterdam held its third and final masterclass of the year. With the theme “Ships of the Future – Building the next generation” we brought another topic to the discussion, joining the other events on Sustainability and Blockchain in shipping.

The night kicked off with a presentation from Dan Veen, CEO/Founder at We4Sea and how his company has been boosting energy efficiency of seagoing vessels with minimal disruption of daily activities and by doing so influencing the next generation of vessels to be designed to their real-life use.

Next we had a glimpse of what the daily life is for a naval architect with Thijs Velner, from C-Job. He shared his experience and challenges on huge projects in Chinese shipyards and what his thoughts are on the future of vessel design – alternative fuels, wind power and autonomous sailing.

Daan Uiterwall, area sales manager in Europe for IHC – our main event sponsor for the evening – was up next to discuss how the company has embraced much more than is expected from a shipyard to deliver “specs to solution”. This means operational consultancy, in-house designing, financing and post delivery services. He also shared some cases from IHC where next-gen solutions have been applied and how they contribute to autonomous vessel research in Project JOULES.

To wrap it up, Mark Kruidenier from DNV GL demonstrated the challenges of energy transition in the shipping industry. He also showed how DNV GL is spearheading the autonomous vessel trend by launching the first class guideline for such ships. Big Data was also brought up as an influencer of future design.

The evening ended with highly anticipated drinks and networking session, where our 70 guests had the chance to mingle, exchange cards and ideas, and also have some laughs. Just how we like it!