FIS commissioned Macduff Ship Design to investigate net zero fishing vessels. We’re pleased to now publish the report, which explores potential routes for the fleet to progress towards net zero emissions.
Phase 2 of this project, to develop detailed concept designs using power data taken directly from fishing vessels, is supported by the Marine Fund Scotland and will complete in Spring 2023.
FIS hosted a ‘Vessels of the Future’ workshop in Glasgow, where we explored energy efficient measures relevant to Scottish fishing vessels. Participants from Scotland, the UK and as far afield as Norway and Canada came together to share their knowledge and experience, and discuss what alternative fuels, engines, designs, or other innovations are realistic in a Scottish context.
This workshop was a valuable first step towards ensuring the fishing industry’s perspective is included in wider discussions around reducing vessel emissions in the maritime sector. FIS believes that innovation is key to releasing untapped potential for greater prosperity and sustainability in Scotland’s seafood industry, and this workshop generated many ideas and discussions about innovative adaptations that are possible now or which might be possible in the near future.
The event built momentum and enthusiasm towards addressing the challenge of transforming the fishing industry to meet the low-carbon expectations of the modern world. Read the full workshop report here, which summarises the key points of discussion and next steps for the industry.
Alongside discussions, the workshop included several presentations from participants across the industry, who shared their experiences and advice. See a full list of speakers below, and where relevant, their presentations.
Following on from the workshop, FIS and the Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust invited James Duthie Jr, a skipper and naval architect from Fraserburgh, to participate in a knowledge-exchange with Norway. James travelled to Norway to see innovations in reducing vessel CO2 emissions, meet some key players in the Norwegian vessel sector, and consider how we could apply Norwegian know-how to the UK fishing fleet. Read his account of the trip below.