ABS, Wartsila, Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), GTT, Shell and Gard have jointly host a conference at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre on 15 March to explore the technical and operational challenges of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.
About 200 international delegates comprising of shipowners and shipping managers attended the event to be briefed on the latest ideas on a range of key LNG issues, including technology for dual fuelled ships, the regulatory framework and first hand operational experience of LNG-fuelled vessels.
The forum included an update on Project Forward, a Joint Development Project to combat global ship emissions by promoting adoption of LNG as a marine fuel with a fully LNG-powered deep sea dry bulk carrier.
“LNG as a fuel is already transforming the shipping industry and will continue to expand further as shipowners and operators look to comply with the latest environmental requirements,” said ABS Global Ship Systems Center Director, Elias Kariambas.
“The attendees heard directly from our event partners on the development of new LNG-fuelled projects and related technologies. Forums like this help drive industry dialogue and provide a vital platform to share experiences and discuss evolving technology.”
“Given the environmental superiority and commercial attractiveness of LNG as a fuel, it is with no doubt that LNG will capture the merchant marine business,” said X-DF Engines at WinGD Senior Project Manager, Marcel Ott.
GTT LNG as Fuel Vice President, Julien Bec said: “We are committed to develop reliable and cleaner solutions that answer the owners’ requirements. This seminar was the occasion to exchange with the industry, to build the shipping of tomorrow together.”
Arista Shipping Technical Manager, Antonis Trakakis said: “LNG as fuel has the most extensive service record among all other options for compliance, and, apart from meeting all environmental regulations, it clearly brings a substantial cost benefit which justifies the investment.”
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Published: 3 April, 2018
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