Maritime transport, new power feeding for decarbonization

The analysis of DNV GL: LNG less expensive and already available

20180420_2.jpgThe IMO’s new strategy to decarbonize the maritime transport, but more importantly the 2020 time-frame to reduce the sulfur content in marine bunker fuels “is a real game changer for the industry.” DNV GL underlines this when presenting the White Book on alternative power feeding for ships, designed to “exchange the views on the available options.”
The report identifies the most promising alternative solutions of “LNG, LPG, methanol, biofuels and hydrogen,” but in terms of the emissions, the carbon footprint of methanol and hydrogen is “higher compared to heavy fuel oil (HFO) and marine gas oil (MGO),” whereas, on the contrary, biomethane “has an extremely high potential.”
Considering the cost factor, the data of DNV GL show that “only LNG, and in some cases LPG, can already compete with HFO” and also in terms of availability LNG has a significant advantage: “ In theory – observes the study – a switch to liquid methane would already be possible.”
“LNG has already overcome the barriers relating to the international legislation and it is available in sufficient quantities to meet the demand of the shipping for many years,” comments Gerd Wursig, Business Director Alternative Fuelled Ship of DNV GL.


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23 December 2019 - 16:55 CET