Gas for Transport

LNG offers a future-proof marine fuel – research

LNG is anticipated to be favoured over new technologies for deep-sea shipping despite concerns that it will struggle to meet the IMO’s carbon emission reduction targets LNG is anticipated to be favoured over new technologies for deep-sea shipping despite concerns that it will struggle to meet the IMO’s carbon emission reduction targets.
By Andrew Walker 15 June 2018 0 31315
The Stavangerfjord LNG-fuelled vessel The Stavangerfjord LNG-fuelled vessel. (Kimm Saatvedt, Palookaville)

Concerns that LNG would be overlooked as a marine fuel for deep-sea shipping in favour of new technologies such as batteries and hydrogen have been allayed by new research from ship classification society DNV GL. However, stricter International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules on carbon emissions may create obsacles to the uptake of LNG by the shipping sector.

Gerd-Michael Wuersig, business director for alternative fuels at DNV GL, considers it unlikely that new technologies such as batteries or liquid hydrogen will become viable for long-distance deep-sea shipping...