Lara Pomaska

PhD Candidate

Lara Pomaska

PhD Candidate

Lara Pomaska joined the Kühne Logistics University as a PhD candidate under the primary supervision of Prof. Dr. Gordon Wilmsmeier in November 2022. Her research focuses on the decarbonization of the maritime industry. Before joining the PhD program, she worked as a research fellow at the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL) at KLU, where she was involved in the Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) project.
Lara received her M.Sc. in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management from KLU in 2020. In her thesis, she built a capital budgeting model to assess the economic feasibility of the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel in shipping. In 2018, Lara completed her B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in supply chain management and logistics at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. During her studies, she spent semesters abroad in Carlow, Ireland at the Institute of Technology and in Gothenburg, Sweden at Chalmers University of Technology.

In addition to her studies, Lara worked at Hapag-Lloyd and gained multiple practical experiences in the field of logistics and supply chain management during internships in the shipping and automotive industry.




Since 2022             PhD Candidate at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2018 - 2020

Master of Science in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany

2020 Semester abroad during Master's program, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
2015 - 2018 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Specialization in Procurement and Logistics, University of Applied Sciences, Flensburg, Germany
2017 Semester abroad during Bachelor's program, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow, Ireland

Professional Experience

Since 2022 Research Fellow, Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping an Global Logistics, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2020 - 2022      Junior Researcher, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2020 Working Student in Global Fuel Purchasing, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg, Germany
2019 Purchasing and Supply Intern, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg, Germany
2018 Supply Chain Intern, MAN Truck & Bus AG, Munich, Germany




Abstract: Alternative, and especially renewable, marine fuels are needed to reduce the environmental and climate impacts of the shipping sector. This paper investigates the business case for hydrogen as an alternative fuel in a new-built vessel utilizing fuel cells and liquefied hydrogen. A real option approach is used to model the optimal time and costs for investment, as well as the value of deferring an investment as a result of uncertainty. This model is then used to assess the impact of a carbon tax on a ship owner’s investment decision. A low carbon tax results in ship owners deferring investments, which then slows the uptake of the technology. We recommend that policymakers set a high carbon tax at an early stage in order to help hydrogen compete with fossil fuels. A clear and timely policy design promotes further investments and accelerates the uptake of new technologies that can fulfill decarbonization targets.

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