今天我们有幸与Silverstream首席执行官Noah Silberschmidt对话 ，了解他对于航运业正在面临的一系列重大挑战的观点，以及Silverstream是如何帮助船东和运营商们实现脱碳目标的。
CEO Q&A: Perspectives from Noah Silberschmidt
Today we sit down with our CEO, Noah Silberschmidt, to get his take on some of the biggest challenges in shipping and how Silverstream is helping owners and operators to profitably tackle their decarbonisation agendas.
Let’s go back to the beginning. Why did you create Silverstream more than a decade ago?
Silverstream began with the idea of bringing to market a truly unique and innovative clean technology to improve vessel efficiency and support the maritime sector’s sustainability trajectory.
By pioneering and perfecting a concept like air lubrication – which was first described in the 1800s – Silverstream has been able to patent, scale up and commercialise a technology that is elegant in its simplicity, but that drives very tangible net fuel and emissions savings that we have proven through third party verification.
Our team is passionate about enabling change for the industry’s largest players. It feels fantastic that, little more than a decade on from our founding, we have a growing and global team that is making a genuine contribution to decarbonisation efforts.
What do you make of the current debate on decarbonisation in shipping?
It’s interesting to reflect on how attitudes have changed over even a period as short as the last couple of years. We’ve seen decarbonisation go from a fringe topic discussed by pioneers to a key commercial consideration for the future.
It’s exciting to be providing a solution that can solve challenges when those challenges are arguably verging on existential for some companies.
Looking at the Carbon Intensity Indicator, for example, we can see that without action, a huge portion of the global fleet falls foul of the rules every year through to the end of the current implementation period. This will be a huge impetus for change, and it’s critical that we grasp this moment to make the long-term shifts we need rather than pursue short-term wins.
Effectively, Silverstream is making a contribution to solving the fundamental challenge of vessel design efficiency and, as anyone who has spent time in the marine environment can tell you, the future of highly efficient ships powered by new fuels is incredibly exciting to imagine.
How would you say things have changed since Silverstream was founded?
Silverstream was founded over a decade ago, and in that time the atmosphere around clean technologies has completely changed.
We are no longer trying to prove to the industry that our solution works, but instead working on a practical basis with leading owners and operators to see how they can implement it on a vessel or fleet.
Part of this is clearly being driven by regulation, which is a key area where we see massive change versus a decade ago. On a practical level, EEXI is interesting because our technology can help vessels leap straight past the tightening year-on-year requirements to the end point of the current regulation.
Importantly, we are also seeing demand from owners and operators who want to do the right thing in line with their targets.
A combination of these factors is why we are now able to work with industry leaders and blue-chip organisations within each of shipping’s many market segments, including MSC, Carnival, Maersk, Grimaldi and Shell.
Finally, can you talk a little bit about Silverstream’s growth and where the next few years might take you?
We are very pleased with the trajectory we are on, which has recently seen us surpass $100m in cumulative order intake. We have firmly moved from proving that our technology works as an outside solution, to being a key part of the basket of proven solutions that is taking our industry to a decarbonised future.
I am also personally proud of the resilience that Silverstream showed through the pandemic, where we were able to adapt our ways of working and output to the new reality we all experienced, while protecting the wellbeing of our staff.
We opened an office in Shanghai in the last year and have expanded our teams in the UK and China considerably. We are still on track to achieve our goal of 500 orders by 2025 which will again firmly cement Silverstream’s position as a mainstream solution for shipping’s decarbonisation trajectory.