The future is emission-free

The future is emission-free

LNG has officially made it within the cruise industry and has been widely used within the ferry industry for a while now. And now it is time to open the door to other alternative fuels and power.

Many argue that the challenges of using alternative fuels such as hydrogen mean they are not going to be deployed as a mainstream alternative fuel any time soon. But despite these challenges, I think they will be embraced sooner than some critics think.

As Lloyds Register Americas lead electromechanical specialist George Legg said at this years Seatrade Cruise Global panel on LNG and alternative fuels (see pages 37-39) LNG is a stepping stone technology for the next 30-40 years, but we need to keep developing sources that have less environmental impact.

LNG, while it has huge advantages in terms of reduced emissions, is still a fossil fuel and the maritime industry environmental regulatory framework is becoming increasingly strict.

Speakers at Seatrade Cruise Globals alternative fuels panel agreed that LNG has passed a tipping point within this industry (see pages 37-39). This surely helps smooth the path to using other alternative fuels.

Indeed, in this session, while the challenges to using hydrogen were discussed, Shell LNG marketing and trading team lead Americas, John Grubic said that Shell was looking carefully at hydrogen.

And RINA Services marine chief commercial officer Paolo Moretti said the class society has developed rules for classing methanol on board vessels, and that IMO w....

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