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Who we are

We are over 70 practitioners and researchers with practical knowledge and experience on tackling the pressing challenges of maritime decarbonization. We have been gathered together by Mikael Lind and Wolfgang Lehmacher, two prominent thought leaders on maritime decarbonization. They, together with Robert Ward, have collated our input to create the book Maritime Decarbonization – Practical Tools, Case Studies and Decarbonization Enablers.

We would be thrilled if the book provides a fundamental reference and practical guide for accelerated action by all actors in the maritime transportation and decarbonization ecosystems.

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Meet the Editors

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Mikael Lind

Mikael Lind has been appointed by Chalmers University of Technology (M2) as the world’s first professor in maritime informatics. He is also a Senior Strategic Research Advisor at Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE). He has initiated and eaded a substantial part of several open innovation initiatives related to information and communication technologies for the sustainable transport of people and goods, including the recently globally launched Virtual Watch Tower (VWT) initiative ( He is substantially engaged in exploring the opportunity of maritime informatics and recently also maritime decarbonization as applied research fields. Lind serves as an expert for the World Economic Forum, Europe’s Digital Transport Logistic Forum (DTLF) and UN/CEFACT. He is well published in the maritime and logistics professional press and has by his initiative on the first two books on Maritime Informatics together with numerous trade press articles become a recognised thought leader in maritime informatics. He is based in Gothenburg, a major Scandinavian shipping centre that hosts a significant number of companies that offer information services to the maritime sector. Lind and Lehmacher co-authored the Practical Playbook for Maritime Decarbonisation5 in 2022 which was followed by a series of articles in maritime trade press.

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Wolfgang Lehmacher

Wolfgang Lehmacher is a board member, executive adviser, and business angel, partner at Anchor Group and advisor at Topan AG. He is a global thought leader and practitioner in supply chain and logistics with a bias towards sustainability, advising clients across the globe in innovation, expansion and optimization initiatives. Previously, Director, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries for the World Economic Forum, in New York and Geneva, Partner and Managing Director, China and India, at strategy firm CVA, Hong Kong, and President and CEO of GeoPost Intercontinental, the global expansion and investment vehicle of France’s La Poste. Prior to La Poste, he was Head of Eastern European and Mediterranean Regions, and Country General Manager Switzerland at TNT. He is member of the advisory board of The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society, Singapore, Ambassador of the European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum, Brussels, Advisor of Global:SF, San Francisco, and founding member of the Logistikweisen, a logistics expert committee under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry BMDV, and NEXST, a think tank initiated by Reefknot, Singapore. Lehmacher is a prolific writer, and frequent public speaker, and FT, Forbes, Fortune, BI and Nikkei contributor and (co-)author of numerous books, including “Disrupting Logistics – Startups, Technologies, and Investors Building Future Supply Chains” and ”Circular Economy – Seventh Industrial Revolution: The path to more sustainability through Circular Economy”. Lehmacher and Lind co-authored the Practical Playbook for Maritime Decarbonisation6 in 2022.

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Robert Ward

Robert Ward was the Secretary-General of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) before his retirement in 2017. Prior to that he was the Deputy Hydrographer of Australia. For more than 20 years, he represented Australia and subsequently the IHO, at the highest international levels where he played an infuential role in the development and implementation of the global digital data exchange standards for nautical charting services that now also underpin the IMO’s e-Navigation concept of a maritime digital information environment. Ward was also the co-editor, together with Lind, among others, of two reference books on maritime informatics.

  • Maritime decarbonization - what is required and what can be done? We invited over 70 practitioners and researchers to pass on their observations, knowledge and practical experiences in tackling the pressing challenge of maritime decarbonization. We think that their input provides a fundamental base and a guide for accelerated action by those operating across the decarbonization ecosystem.

    World Maritime University & University of Southampton
  • The good news is that although the optimisation of voyages requires changes in processes and training for personnel, it does not require any investment in new fuels, retrofits, or other physical devices. The changes are ultimately undertaken by shipping companies and ships’ crews, but many of them can be supported, enhanced or enabled by digitalisation and automation.

    Executive vice president, Shipping Solutions, NAPA

Meet the Co-authors

  • Gavin Allwright
  • Mette Asmussen
  • Linda Astner
  • Nicolo Aurisano
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • Maarten Biermans
  • Anne Katrine Bjerregaard
  • Willem Bulthuis
  • Jillian Carson Jackson
  • Stephen Cotton
  • David Cummins
  • Steve Esau
  • Philip Evans
  • Steffen Foldager Jensen
  • Ellinor Forsström
  • Xiuju Fu
  • Margi Van Gogh
  • Dayna Goldman
  • Sefer Gunbeyaz
  • Sandra Haraldson
  • Neil Henderson
  • Tobias Holl
  • Henrik Hvid Jensen
  • Mia Hytti
  • Lars Jensen
  • Stavros Karamperidis
  • Kris Kosmala
  • Randall Krantz
  • Sanjay C Kuttan
  • Wolfgang Lehmacher
  • Mikael Lind
  • Audrey Macnab
  • Teemu Manderbacka
  • Dora Mace Kokota
  • Alan McKinnon
  • Matteo Natalli
  • Theo Notteboom
  • Dogancan Okumus
  • Boris Van Overbeeke
  • Pekka Pakkanen
  • Christopher Pålsson
  • Moritz Petersen
  • Elizabeth Petit Gonzales
  • Guy Platten
  • Petri Rautanen
  • Zeeshan Raza
  • Rui Rego
  • Katharina Renken
  • Andrew Rigden Green
  • Torbjörn Rydbergh
  • Jessica Saari
  • Peter Sand
  • Martha Selwyn
  • Ingrid Sidenvall Jegou
  • Sukhjit Singh
  • Henrik Sornn Friese
  • Emily Stausboll
  • Jimmy Suroto
  • Minna Suuronen
  • Johan Svendsen
  • Ulla Tapaninen
  • Kirsi Tikka
  • Louise De Tremerie
  • Osman Turan
  • James M Turner Kc
  • Dogancan Uzun
  • Roberto Vettor
  • Helio Vicente
  • Seyedvahid Vaikili
  • Riinu Walls
  • Richard Watson
  • Haris Zografakis
  • Phanthian Zuesongdham


Tackling maritime decarbonization requires input, action and effort from academia, government and business alike to drive innovation, regulation, research, and experimentation. The book Maritime Decarbonization – Practical Tools, Case Studies and Decarbonization Enablers stresses the value of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach. The range and background of the contributors and the variety of the inter-related topics that are covered in the book is testament to the urgent need for more collaboration. All those involved in maritime decarbonization are therefore encouraged not to “go it alone”, but rather to work collectively – locally, regionally and globally. As a first step you can join us, the coalition of the committed. Contact us and we will guide you through the process.