Enabling Maritime Commerce – The Energy Perspective
The 2018 Maritime Risk Symposium brings together government, industry, and academic leaders – both domestic and international – to explore the fast-approaching new energy landscape for the maritime transportation system. Recognizing the global trend toward decarbonizing the fuel mix, the symposium will address issues facing us as consumers, transporters, and producers of energy, as well as our maritime resilience and environmental stewardship. Outcomes will inform and guide our options for policy and planning, developing human capital, and recommending research and development to ensure we are prepared for this energy evolution and the new risks and opportunities it brings.
Advancing technologies are rapidly changing how energy is moved through and used by the maritime transportation system. Extraction technologies have fueled the shale gas boom; advancements in renewable energy are making offshore options economically viable for hydrokinetic, wind, and solar technologies; and environmental regulations are forcing shipping and ports to explore new energy approaches. To prepare for this rapidly evolving energy environment, the symposium will explore these themes:
Global energy evolution and the associated risks for the maritime transportation system: A look 20 years into the future.
Assessing the impact of evolving global trends in energy use on the maritime transportation system.
Understanding constraints on energy flow and how best to keep supplies moving.
Understanding and maintaining proper security to address future energy trends in the maritime industry.
Ensuring maritime industry capability with a new energy mix.
Safeguarding the marine environment as energy evolves.