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Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA)
Gavin Allwright is the Secretary of the International Windship Association (IWSA). Established in 2014, this grouping of maritime wind propulsion companies and projects supported by research and development organisations, engineers, academia, NGO’s and seafarers is working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. Alongside his work as association secretary, he also leads the policy and finance work streams, requiring regular attendance at IMO, OECD and EU meetings.
Gavin has presented at numerous international fora, including roundtable moderating on alternative maritime propulsion at Motorships Propulsion & Emissions, SMM- GMEC, Green Ship Technology Green4Sea and RINA conferences. He also chairs the annual Natural Propulsion Seminar as part of Blue Week.
He has worked closely with the Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Shipping on the development of a sustainable shipping network in the South Pacific and gained extensive knowledge of the small vessel sector from his work as the Commercial Director for the Greenheart project, a not-for-profit organisation he joined in 2005, designing a zero-emissions, sail/solar electric cargo vessel for least developed regions. Gavin is a frequent guest lecturer at the World Maritime University and sits on the stakeholder advisory committee for the IMO/EU Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Network
Gavin holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries. He has contributed to numerous studies and projects on alternative propulsion solutions and helped coordinate and contributed to the UN-affiliated IRENA technical brief – Renewable Energy Options in Shipping.