Ferry operators debate alternative fuels

Ferry ship

The challenges and opportunities posed by alternative fuels were addressed at the Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split. Mediterranean ferry operators expressed concerns about how to comply with the new 2020 sulphur regulations. It was highlighted that using low sulphur fuel would increase costs by €2 million per year and that LNG would be more suited as an option in cold sea temperatures of 7-10 degrees. As for electrification, Soren Danig from Plan B Energy Storage argued that unless electricity can be produced in the quantities required without using fossil fuels, electrical shipping is just shifting the emissions somewhere else.

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Bank of Amerika predicts distillates to dominate initial post-2020 bunker scene

Refinery

According to a report from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch ship owners are likely to go for distillate bunker fuel over other alternatives to heavy fuel oil to meet the requirements of the new global sulphur cap in 2020. Furthermore, BofAML believes that the refining sector is not ready for the changes ahead and questions the infrastructure for LNG bunkering.

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