The marine and shipping industry is constantly evolving. Keeping up to date with the most recent research in relation to developments in technology, marine engines, emissions regulations, marine fuels, batteries and energy storage is increasingly important. Decarbonisation of the marine and shipping industry is a key driver of technology evolution in the industry.

What are some of the critical priorities for the marine and shipping industry?

The International Marine and Shipping industry is one of the largest emitters of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The climate crisis is already here, but creating a zero-carbon future for the marine industry is complex. The Global Maritime Forum estimates that the decarbonisation of the shipping industry by 2050 will cost $1.9 trillion

If the shipping and marine industry continues to grow at the current rate without change, GHG emissions for the sector will increase. A key challenge for the industry is to reduce emissions via several methods, including developing new fuel cells, engines and batteries, and investigating zero-carbon fuel sources like green hydrogen and ammonia. The right solution varies depending on the application of that solution - both a technical and operational approach needs to be combined to reduce carbon intensity.

So it’s increasingly important for those in the industry to have access to the latest research, resources and trials. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has adopted mandatory measures to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and cut the carbon intensity of ships. They are building on current mandatory energy emissions requirements. The new draft amendments were approved by the Marine Environment Protection Committee in November 2020 and forwarded for potential June 2021 adoption. The strategy would aim to reduce the carbon intensity of international shipping by 40% by 2030 compared to 2008. The EU has also emphasised the need for the shipping sector to act on emissions. Directive (EU) 2018/410 states that the Commission should regularly review IMO action and that actions to address shipping emissions should start by 2023.

Where does RiCK gather Shipping and Marine Industry Research and Insight?

RiCK™ contains comprehensive information and updates on several marine and shipping industry-related subjects and includes leading-edge reports from those working within the shipping and marine industry. The marine and shipping information covered includes knowledge relating to electrification, decarbonisation, hydrogen and propulsion. RiCK™ Information Experts regularly locate and upload new extracts and reports, and around 500-700 reports are added each month. The information can help teams navigate the financial, technical and climate-based challenges facing the marine industry. Ricardo Information Experts curate the leading research and knowledge from journal and magazine subscriptions, technical papers and reports. The information is collated from a comprehensive range of sources, including industry bodies and associations like the IMO, Global Marine Forum and the International Chamber of Shipping. RiCK also references resources from, of which Ricardo is a member. Papers from regular conferences are also listed, including events like CIMAC, the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo, the Greenship Technology Conference and Marintec. 

Who would benefit from access to RiCK™ Shipping and Marine Industry Research and Insight?

A subscription to RiCK™ is helpful for all of those who would like to gain access to detailed technical research concerning the marine and shipping industry. Access provides valuable insight for all working or servicing the marine and shipping industry, including industry investors, technology developers, marine vessel owners and operators, marine manufacturers, engine manufacturers and suppliers, fuel producers and lubricant suppliers. Subscribers have access to the same insight as Ricardo’s marine and shipping experts. The insight can help teams who need research to help them answer the industries burning questions. It includes information on the fuels and power systems that could help achieve GHG targets, potential new power products, competitor analysis and information on new entrants.

What type of marine and shipping research and insight does RiCK™ include?

Through the subscription model of RiCK™, you will have access to the same technical information as Ricardo’s consultants with over 12000 marine references. Access enables marine and shipping teams to cut through the clutter found in a search engine and locate trusted sources immediately. The approach is proven to save time when gathering relevant research and information. The types of reports covered include the following:

  • Propulsion research - content relating to fuel cells, diesel and gas engines.
  • Engine research, technology development and overcoming challenges in the marine and shipping sector.
  • Access to decarbonisation information, including reports related to energy storage and zero-carbon fuels.
  • Reports and information related to innovation and hydrogen, ammonia and other fuels in the marine and shipping applications.
  • Electrification within the marine and shipping sector. 
  • Research on emissions, emissions legislation and how targets might be achieved.
  • References relating to investments into new fuel production, supply chains, and new or retrofitted fleets.
  • Battery, fuel and lubricant research.

What type of marine reports might you find referenced in RiCK™?


Here is a small sample of some of the reports relevant to the marine and shipping industry you can find referenced or abstracted in RiCK™.

  • Renewable ammonia as an alternative fuel for the shipping industry - Reviewing ammonia as an option for decarbonisation of marine transportation fuel. From Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station - March 2021
  • Decarbonising ships, planes and trucks: An analysis of suitable low-carbon fuels for the maritime, aviation and haulage sectors. From University College Cork and Queen's University Belfast - Feb 2021
  • ​INSIGHT BRIEF:Five percent zero emission fuels by 2030 needed for Paris-aligned shipping decarbonization. From COP26 Climate Champions; University College London; Global Maritime Forum - March 2021.
  • INSIGHT BRIEF: The scale of investment needed to decarbonize international shipping. A review of investment needed into new fuel production, supply chains and fleet to achieve decarbonisation in line with IMO strategy. From Global Maritime Forum; University College London - Jan 2020.
  • Catalysing the fourth propulsion revolution, The urgent need to accelerate R&D to deliver zero-carbon shipping by 2050. From the International Chamber of Shipping, November 2020. 
  • Techno-economic assessment of advanced fuels and propulsion systems in future fossil-free ships. From Aalborg University; Chalmers University of Technology - May 2021
  • Grid Impacts of Uncoordinated Fast Charging of Electric Ferry. From PrimeAsia University, the University of Queensland and the University of Tasmania - March 2021.

Decarbonisation Technical Update

Researched and curated by Ricardo's Information experts, this is an excellent resource for engineers searching for technical decarbonisation content across all sectors, including transport, energy, and environment for the marine sector. This monthly update helps teams to stay up to date with the latest developments in the industry and comprises the latest technical papers and articles relating to decarbonisation and net-zero. The overview helps technical teams discover new information and reference research to feed into their development strategies. The update also includes a collection of forthcoming events relating to decarbonisation including those in the marine industry. 

Large Engines Technical News 

With a RiCK™ Large Engine News subscription, you receive a weekly update of specific news and industry developments and it includes news relating to the marine and shipping industry. Large Engine News is a quarterly newsletter that summarises published literature on all aspects of technology for engines used in marine and other applications covering engine research and development, components, systems, fuels, lubricants, hybrid and electric powertrains. 

RiCK™ Hydrogen News

The information in RiCK™ Hydrogen News is curated by Ricardo experts using content aggregated from over 80,000 news feeds and sources like Reuters, Bloomberg, and Business Wire. You will receive a weekly email update on the topics most relevant to you providing the latest cross sector information relating to hydrogen adoption. RiCK News Hydrogen includes a category on hydrogen production, policies and programmes along with a marine category.