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Navigating the Future of Clean Shipping: Considerations and Innovations for Vessel Design and Fuel Usage
Key Ideas
  • Vessel design must consider fuel storage, toxicity, flammability, and leak dispersal, with a focus on safety for seafarers and passengers.
  • UK's Maritime & Coastal Agency provides guidance on alternative fuels and electric propulsion, outlining certification pathways for vessel owners and designers.
  • Alternative fuels like compressed hydrogen, methanol, and ammonia, as well as electrification options, are being explored for different ship types.
  • Real-life examples showcase emissions reduction through technology adoption, including the use of compressed hydrogen in dual-fuel engines and shore power for energy requirements.
The maritime industry is actively looking towards cleaner shipping solutions, with a focus on vessel design and fuel choices. Thomas Beard, leading clean shipping at BMT, emphasizes the importance of tailoring vessel designs to the specific operating profile and fuel handling requirements. Safety considerations, including leak dispersal in various weather conditions, are paramount, especially for vessels carrying passengers. The UK Maritime & Coastal Agency (MCA) is at the forefront of providing guidance on alternative fuels and electric propulsion, offering a certification pathway for vessel owners and designers. MCA's exploration of suitable fuels for different ship types reveals a diverse landscape, from electrification for workboats to ammonia and small nuclear reactors for larger vessels. Vessel codes are also evolving to incorporate alternative fuels, reflecting the industry's transition towards sustainability. Francesco Sandrelli, from the UK Chamber of Shipping, highlights real-world examples of emissions reduction through technology adoption, such as using compressed hydrogen in dual-fuel engines. The future looks towards offshore windfarms for vessel charging, supporting the shift towards electric-powered service operation vessels. Events like Riviera's Maritime Decarbonisation Conference in Amsterdam provide a platform for stakeholders to collaborate on achieving low-carbon and zero-emission shipping goals.
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