Session #02: Energy Transition – How is the port industry responding to hydrogen as the future solution?

Energy Transition – How is the port industry responding to hydrogen as the future solution? We discussed these and other questions with:

Prasanna Colluru, Director of Corporate Strategy at Future Proof Shipping (FPS)

Prasanna is the Director of Corporate Strategy at Future Proof Shipping (FPS), a zero-emissions vessel owner offering inland and shortsea vessels for charter. FPS also provides technical advisory and project management services for zero-emissions shipping projects.

At FPS, Prasanna is responsible for maintaining a strategic overview of alternative fuels and technology markets, and enabling holistic decision-making on the choice of technology/solution for zero-emissions vessels. Prior to FPS, Prasanna worked broadly in innovation and strategy in Europe and India. She holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. 

Dr. Georg Böttner, Head of Executive Board Projects / New Business Development / Hydrogen at HHLA

Dr Georg Boettner is responsible for hydrogen projects of the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), concerning import and distribution of green hydrogen as well as the transition toward hydrogen fuel cell powered clean trucks as well as hydrogen powered container handing equipment.

Graduated from law schools in Marburg and Norwich/United Kingdom, Georg practiced law for several years. He moved into the port operation business in 2004. He had been managing director of several companies inter alia a container terminal, an intermodal company and a container service operator in Germany and South East Asia.

Since 2019 he has been active in decarbonization of port operation, setting up several joint projects with port operators equipment manufacturers and energy suppliers aiming at the use of hydrogen powered trucks and terminal equipment. He is furthermore involved in the decarbonisation and diversification of the Germany energy supply, a topic that gained momentum in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Georg Boettner helped to set up the H2Global foundation, facilitating the import of green hydrogen into Germany by a carbon contract for difference mechanism. He is deeply involved in the European “Important Projects of Common European Interests”, aiming at a decarbonisation of the European industry and heavy-duty logistics ranging from air transport to maritime and road transportation.

Michael Galvin, Director of Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate at the Port of Los Angeles

Michael J. Galvin is the director of waterfront and commercial real estate at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s leading container port. The Port of Los Angeles is a landlord seaport, covering 7500 acres of land and water, with more than 300 leaseholders.

In this role, Galvin is responsible for development and management of the Port’s LA Waterfront including commercial development opportunities, cruise passengers, commercial fueling, recreational marinas, hotels and restaurants that create public access to the Port’s expansive waterfront amenities.

Galvin also oversees the Port’s energy business and related marine terminals which support regional refinery operations, LAX aviation fuel logistics, the San Pedro Bay bunker fuel market and advancement into renewable fuels required to create the zero-emission port of the future.

Appointed to his current position in April 2015, Galvin previously served in various real estate roles including the Port’s director of special projects from 2011-2015 and director of real estate from 2007 to 2011. Galvin first joined the Port in 2004.

Galvin holds a bachelor of arts in U.S. history from the University of California, San Diego and received his Juris Doctor from Western State College of Law in 2015. Galvin is a licensed attorney in the State of California.

Helge Urban, Business Development, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies

Helge Urban is Senior Business Development Manager at Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies. Based on its unique liquid organic carrier tech for hydrogen storage and transport, the German midstream player adds the missing link to flexible hydrogen supply chains globally.

At Hydrogenious LOHC, Helge contributes his maritime industry expertise: The shipping businessman jointly works with ports, developing them into future hydrogen hubs by applying LOHC infrastructure as well as partnering for large-scale LOHC supply chain projects, accelerating oversea hydrogen exports and imports.


Christina Prieser, Associate Partner at HPC, has moderated the debate.

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