Sulphur rules could damage health, EGCSA conference hears

The fuel prescription approach to regulation has resulted in more toxic emissions for certain populations, for example in ports and regions bordering busy shipping lanes, according to human issue studies conducted by Professor Zimmermann of the University of Rostock and Helmholtz Zentrum München. Zimmermann shared his findings as one of the presenters at the first Asian Emissions Technology Conference organised by the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA).

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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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