Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association (ZESTAs) and marine engineering experts the Malin Group have announced they will partner to deliver Ship Zero, an exclusive three-day conference on shipping’s journey to fully zero emissions during the Malin Spotlight series of events which will be hosted during international climate change summit COP26.

Focusing on a range of salient, specialist themes related to shipping and the environment, the Malin Spotlight Series is a unique opportunity for shipping industry delegates to meet in Glasgow during the international summit and discuss a range of issues related to the climate change challenge with a view to identifying and investigating innovative and sustainable solutions.

The focus of the ZESTAs Ship Zero conference is to inform and influence the conversation held by regulators, policymakers and industry experts on the legislative, technological and operational changes that must occur to take shipping to true zero.

Working with Sterling PlanB Energy Solutions, the event will feature a range of specialist speakers alongside live exhibitions and interactive sessions.

Hosted beside Glasgow’s iconic South Rotunda, 320 meters from the official COP summit blue and green zones, Ship Zero will run from 1 to 3 November 2021. Organisers hope up to 200 delegates will attend in person and many more will join virtually so that as many voices as possible are able to drive forward best practice and shape the future of the industry.

Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General of ZESTAs said:

We are thrilled to partner with the Malin Group through their Spotlight Series. Our Ship Zero event, alongside the wider series of events will provide a platform to share ideas, knowledge and innovation, to drive practical solutions to meet the decisions being made in the blue and green zones.

“With today’s technologies we can achieve fully zero emissions now, particularly on smaller return to base vessels, and drastically reduce emissions on larger ocean-going vessels with more complicated operational profiles. As a key partner of the GMC, ZESTAs and Ship Zero will lead the way in making this possibility a reality.”

Chris Dunn, Principal Naval Architect at the Malin Group said:

“We are delighted to partner with ZESTAs to deliver Ship Zero during such an iconic event as COP26. This conference will give us an important voice during the summit and so it will benefit all within the maritime sector and beyond. We share ZESTAs commitment to sustainable innovation, so it is a natural and exciting partnership which can facilitate real progress for all.”

In addition to Ship Zero, the Global Maritime Centre will host a series of conferences covering marine renewables, UK maritime industry, the blue economy, sustainable finance and cleaning the seas.

A fully hybrid offering, all Spotlight Series delegates and partner organisations will have access to a bespoke digital platform which will enable the full suite of events to be webcast across the world, and also build a space that will longer term provide opportunities to network and share best practice for the whole maritime sector – and beyond. Covering challenges such as sustainable supply chains, the circular economy and the importance of local content, it will also provide useful learning resources for a range of additional industries and policymakers alike.

You can find more information on The Malin Spotlight Series and the Malin Group’s full series of events and partnership opportunities, at

Enquiries about being part of this or the wider series of events, or to purchase delegate tickets should be directed to [email protected].