Research

Project description

The project will focus on developing the demand and accessibility of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).

The project will create a strategic approach to LNG development by providing the BSR blue corridor concept, develop a technology approach for consolidate the LNG value chain and will provide skills and business partnerships (BSR LNG cluster) for LNG infrastructure development in the BSR. A Liquid Bio Gas (LBG) concept will be developed to ensure the sustainability of the LNG infrastructure.

The aim of the strategy is to establish a strategic approach of LNG infrastructure development and mobilize the critical mass of technology, business partnerships, and regulative authorities to implement LNG powered transport corridors in BSR Integrated Value chain, the aim of which is to provide the technological and regulative concept/value chain for integrated use of existing LNG infrastructure in the BSR. An integrated value chain will increase the competitiveness of LNG fuel by improving the economic and environmental performance and increasing the fuel and infrastructure demand.

The project has the ambition to develop a globally competitive LNG competence centre that would support regions leading LNG maritime technology application in BSR and globally by providing knowledge, competent personnel, project management services, and technology, and business models. The Centre would gather competence, knowledge, training facilities and research infrastructure, providing collaboration and management model to enable joint service supply and project development.

In order to apply Integrated LNG Value Chain and enable LNG powered transport corridors in the BSR the project aims to establish BSR LNG Business cluster. The cluster will help to gather and establish the critical mass of business to facilitate service, finance, technology and innovation for deploying LNG infrastructure, applying LNG as a fuel utilizing the regions environmental challenges in to the business opportunities.

To apply LNG infrastructure as the growth and sustainability factor for the BSR there will be LBG production and distribution content provided. The project will aim at establishing value chain, technological concepts and business models for LBG. This will ensure sustainability of the LNG infrastructure and economic grow in the coastal communities.

Principal Investigator

Aykut I. Ölcer

Dr. Aykut I. ÖLÇER is a naval architect and marine engineer holding the position of Professor at the World Maritime University (WMU), Malmö, Sweden. In his Ph.D. thesis, he developed a novel methodology utilizing multiple attributive group decision-making and fuzzy set theories with the applications to Ship Design/Production area.

Project Officer

Monica Canepa

Monica strong interests are focused on economy and transport policy and research activities related to this area. She is a specialist in economics of transport from theoretical and empirical point of view both. Scientific coordination of various conferences, many years of experience in the development and management of research projects for the University of Genoa. She is currently a Research Associate – Maritime Energy Management research Group at the World Maritime University, Malmo (Sweden)

Momoko Kitada

Momoko Kitada is a former seafarer and her research interests lie in gender and diversity issues in shipping, in particular, women seafarers and seafarers’ families in terms of identities and welfare issues. She teaches subjects in Maritime Education and Training (MET), including cultural issues, knowledge management, assessment methodology, and contemporary labour issues. Momoko’s research expands to the human element and social aspects in maritime energy management as well as capacity building for sustainable development.

Fabio Ballini

Dr Fabio Ballini has Economic and Maritime Transportation background. He obtained his MSc in Maritime Economics and Transport at the Faculty of Economics in Genova (Italy) and holds a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, awarded a European Ph.D. label, from the University of Genova (Italy), Dept. of Naval, Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering (DITEN).

Alessandro Schönborn

Alessandro joined WMU in October 2018, where he is responsible for teaching Alternative Fuels and Marine Renewable Energy in the Maritime Energy Management (MEM) specialization. His research interests focus on fuel and propulsion technology, and on marine renewable energy from wave, tidal and ocean currents, but he has further interests in solar and wind power for marine applications.

Dimitrios Dalaklis

Dr. Dimitrios Dalaklis joined WMU in the summer of 2014, upon completion of a twenty-six years distinguished career with the Hellenic Navy (HN). His expertise revolves around the extended Maritime Education and Training (MET) domain and especially the conduct of navigation (regulatory framework, techniques-associated best practices and related equipment), as well as maritime safety & security issues. Upon graduation from the Hellenic Naval Academy (HNA), he followed the normal career path of a naval officer by serving on-board various large warships of the Hellenic Fleet.