Dublin Castle · 15th & 16th November 2022

Wednesday 16th November

Liam Lacey

Director, Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO)


Opening remarks from Session Chairperson

Speaking at: 1:00 pm November 16, 2022

The European Maritime Space

How the Maritime Transport Sector Is Part of the De-carbonisation Solution

Speaking at: 1:05 pm November 16, 2022

Prof. Kurt Bodewig

Co-ordinator, Motorways of the Sea - DG MOVE, EU Commission, Brussels

Mary Dunning

Principal Officer, Dept. of Transport, Ireland

National Ports Policy Review

Speaking at: 1:30 pm November 16, 2022

The Role of the Ports for a Climate Neutral Economy by 2050

Speaking at: 1:50 pm November 16, 2022

Pat Keating

Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce and Shannon Foynes Port, Ireland

Michael Robinson

Port Director, Belfast Harbour, Northern Ireland

The Role of Ports in Supporting the Energy and Sustainability Transition

Speaking at: 2:10 pm November 16, 2022

Green Hydrogen Unlocks a Secure, Sustainable and Equitable Energy Future

Speaking at: 3:00 pm November 16, 2022

Catherine Sheridan

EIH2, Chief Operating Officer, Ireland

Dr. John O’Sullivan

COO and Co-founder, dCarbonX, Ireland

Offshore Large-Scale Subsurface Energy Storage

A Key Element in Ireland's Transition to Net Zero

Speaking at: 3:20 pm November 16, 2022

Conference Closing Remarks

Speaking at: 4:20 pm November 16, 2022

Yvonne Shields O’Connor

CEO, Irish Lights

Panel Discussion / Q&A

Sponsorship opportunities.

There are a small number of high profile sponsorship packages available. For further information, contact Jane McGahern on 01 271 5455 or email jane.mcgahern@irishlights.ie


Commissioners of Irish Lights


Dublin Castle

Session 3

A Changing Offshore Seascape – Keeping It Safe

Tuesday 15th November

Session 1

Navigating Safely and Sustainably to 2050

Session 2

Will technology change the future of navigation and what are the implications for safety and sustainability?

Conference Programme
Navigating to 2050
A Safe and Sustainable Maritime Future.

Tuesday 15th November 2022

Session one - Navigating Safely and Sustainably to 2050

8:00 am

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction
Yvonne Shields O’Connor, 
CEO, Irish Lights.
9:15 am
Conference Opening
Minister Hildegarde Naughton, 
Minister of State, Department of Transport.
9:25 am
Session 1. Navigating Safely and Sustainably to 2050
Opening remarks from Session Chairperson
Dr. Paul Little, 
CEO, City of Glasgow College and Chair of UK Shipping Skills Taskforce.
9:30 am
Conference Keynote Address:  
Transitioning to a Sustainable and Profitable Decarbonised Shipping Future
Anthony Gurnee, 
Founder and CEO of Ardmore Shipping, Ireland.
9:55 am
Safety and Sustainability:  
Ensuring the Resilience of Future Shipping
Maja Markovčić Kostelac, 
Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency, Portugal.
10:15 am
Reality 2050:  
Meeting IMO targets, an industry perspective.
Chris Waddington, 
Technical Director, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
10:35 am

Coffee break

11:15 am
Implications of Fit for 55 on the Irish Maritime Sector and Wider Economy
Prof. Alan Ahearne, 
University of Galway, Ireland.
11:35 am
Climate Challenges for the Maritime Sector:  
National and International Targets
Caoimhín Ó Ciaruáin,