Maritime Decarbonization


Summer Academy - Maritime Decarbonization

Summer Academy - Maritime Decarbonization



19-23 August 2024
Malmö, Sweden

About the Course

The maritime industry is undergoing a monumental transformation, driven by advancements in technology, economics, and operations. Our WMU Summer Academy programme on Maritime Decarbonization prepares you to be a part of the transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas maritime industry.

The recently adopted 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships aims for net-zero emissions by around 2050, with interim reductions of 30% by 2030 and 70% by 2040. To achieve these goals, organizations and government agencies must prepare for introducing technical innovations, new policies and revised operational procedures into the maritime industry that will define the future of this industry and be reflective of the evolving regulations.

Our programme is grounded in the belief that Maritime Decarbonization is both an inevitable shift and a tremendous opportunity for the entire industry. Through a comprehensive approach, we will explore the challenges and opportunities maritime decarbonization presents, considering regulatory, social, environmental, technological, and economic dimensions.

Benefiting from WMU's distinctive international environment, our programme fosters interactive discussions and lectures, offering insights into the complexity of decarbonizing shipping while seeking solutions. Led by WMU's esteemed faculty, participants will explore international regulations, technical aspects of ship design and operation, emerging energy technologies, and economic processes influencing the pathways for decarbonization in the context of maritime supply chains and financing.

About the Summer Academy

The World Maritime University (WMU) is a unique academic institution, founded within the framework of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The University has a reputation for bringing together stakeholders such as academics, researchers, professionals, and industry to explore cross-cutting topics facing the maritime industry. The WMU Summer Academy provides a unique opportunity for these stakeholders to gather and share knowledge, as well as collaborate on potential solutions that will directly benefit the maritime industry.


The WMU Summer Academy course on Maritime Decarbonization is coordinated by Professor Aykut Ölcer and will be delivered by a team of WMU Faculty and researchers.



Participants who complete the WMU Summer Academy on Maritime Decarbonization should:

  • Understand the regulatory framework of air pollution resulting from international shipping including the UN 2030 Agenda  
  • Gain a deeper understanding of different technical and operational options for decarbonizing the maritime sectors
  • Grasp current innovation in the maritime industry, with a focus on future energy technologies, and GHG reductions
  • Be familiar with the range of financing mechanisms and potential government support (financial incentives) to facilitate the energy transition of the shipping sector 
  • Be familiar with the wide range of actors in the maritime sector including ports 

Participant Profile

This Summer Academy course is open to individuals interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the maritime decarbonization and IMO/EU GHG reduction strategies for the shipping sector and those interested in acquiring further skills for career development. This includes graduate/PhD students, researchers, and other academics, as well as industry professionals (maritime companies, shore personnel, naval architects, and marine engineers), shipping and port/shipyard professionals (engineers, managers, and executives) and other individuals engaged in decarbonization and the processes of the IMO GHG Strategy.

Key Facts

Key Facts


Participants are awarded a Certificate of Completion and also receive an official programme from the WMU Summer Institute that outlines the topics covered.

Course Structure

Day 1 - Regulatory Framework

Day 2 - Ship Design and Operation

Day 3 - Future Technologies

Day 4 - Supply Chain and Financing Decarbonization

Day 5 - Networking, Workshops, and Wrap-Up




There are no academic prerequisites for participation in the Maritime Decarbonization programme, however, it is preferred that participants have completed their education to at least a Bachelor's level and/or have several years of professional experience.

Participants will be selected based on curriculum vitae, academic and professional career, and letter of motivation.

Please note that the Maritime Decarbonization Summer Academy is delivered in English and participants should be able to follow the delivery of the course in this language.

Key Dates

Course Dates: 19 - 23 August 2024
Application deadlines: Open enrollment period


Professionals -  $ 1,750 USD
Early bird deadline (31 May 2024) -  $ 1,500 USD
Students/WMU Alumni -  $ 1,000 USD

Fees include:

  • in-class attendance with access to learning material
  • refreshments (morning and afternoon coffee breaks) and lunches provided during the programme delivery

Accommodation is not included in the programming fee.

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All applications must be completed online. Paper applications are not available.

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