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UK Ports & shipping: future fuels

Event organised by PIANC

17 April 2023

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Natalie Gupta will be discussing the use of ammonia as a carbon free fuel for use in the shipping industry. She will comment on how the value chain for ammonia as a shipping fuel is developing. Yara provides particular insight on last mile delivery which is her particular focus.

Steven Clapperton will be providing insight into a fleet operator transitioning to zero-carbon operations. The Port of London Authority operates a fleet of vessels used for a variety of purposes: from survey operations and pilot vessels, to maintenance of moorings and salvage craft.

Charlie Field will be discussing his role in preparing his company for the potential purchase of an all electric Ro Ro ferry together with the associated charging infrastructure. The talk will provide insight into the considerations and challenges faced by a ferry company in this area.




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18:00 - 18:05

Introduction from Chair

18:05 - 18:25

Steven Clapperton (PLA)

18:25 - 18:45

Charlie Field (Wightlink)

18:45 - 19:05

Natalie Gupta (Yara)




Steven Clapperton

Steven Clapperton

Port of London Authority

director of sustainable marine operations

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Steven Clapperton

As director of sustainable marine operations, Steven leads the Port of London Authority’s marine operations teams, which includes marine services, civil and marine engineering, and the ports hydrographic services. His responsibilities include delivering the authority’s marine sustainability commitments and fleet transition to net-zero, and managing the marine infrastructure, significant vessel fleet and, salvage operations, and delivery of major projects. He has a strong focus on environmental issues and is passionate about conserving and improving our rivers.

Prior to the PLA, Steven was maritime director & harbour master at the Port of Tyne for the preceding 5 years. Following a seagoing career, he first worked at the Port of Tyne from 2005 to 2013 as a senior pilot, before joining DNV GL and working on various marine projects, including a period of secondment to an international oil major. Alongside this, Steven has held a number of voluntary roles including being a Trustee of the Tyne Rivers Trust. Steven is a Master Mariner and Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute

Charlie Field

Charlie Field


head of engineering & estates

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Charlie Field

Charlie is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE, he trained at the Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon and Royal Naval College Greenwich gaining postgraduate qualifications in Marine Engineering Systems, Nuclear Reactor Systems, Leadership and Management.

After 17 years in the Royal Navy he retired to take up consultancy roles, acquiring training and experience in Defence Acquisition (Requirements Engineering), Marine Renewable Energy project consulting, Forensic Engineering and International Safety Management System design. As a qualified Superyacht Engineer he spent 3 years as a chief engineer in a large yacht before moving to offshore oil and gas as a maintenance team leader and project manager.

In 2017 Charlie moved back to the defence sector as a project manager for the Type 45 Destroyer Common Support Model transition and then prepared the Type 45 Maintenance Manager role for a long-term incumbent. Charlie joined Wightlink in 2018 as head of engineering and estates and is leading the effort to prepare the company for the potential purchase of an all-electric Ro Ro ferry

Natalie Gupta

Natalie Gupta

Yara Clean Ammonia

director bunkering value chain partnerships

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Natalie Gupta

Natalie works as director for Bunkering Value Chain Partnerships in Yara Clean Ammonia, the largest mover of ammonia worldwide. Yara Clean Ammonia is a subsidiary of Yara International, one of the largest producers of ammonia worldwide.

In her current role she focuses on developing commercial partnerships and building project opportunities in the clean hydrogen and clean fuels value chain. She particularly focuses on last mile delivery to end user customers in the shipping industry seeking to use ammonia as a carbon free fuel, as well as last mile distribution of clean ammonia to other sectors.

For more information please contact:

Fiona Oteng