Riviera’s Maritime Decarbonisation supplement is a vital and timely publication that cuts through the marketing spin and politics to deliver practical insights and a planning tool to readers to support industry readiness for not only 2020 sulphur regulations, but 2030 and 2050.
The publication has been structured to match the maritime industry’s focus areas.
Additives have a big role to play in the development of 2020-compliant fuel, enabling the industry to better deal with the complications presented by a low-sulphur future.
As the industry transitions away from diesel, alternative power sources will propel shipping into the second half of the 21st century. Some, like LNG, are already entering the fleet, while others, such as wind and nuclear are perhaps not as far-fetched alternatives as they might first appear.
If one word sums up the response of the bunkering industry to the 2020 sulphur cap, it is ‘confusion’. The options are many but determining which will be most effective in terms of availability, infrastructure and cost, remains an elusive and frustrating goal for many.
While shipowners struggle to find an effective solution to the problems posed by the 2020 sulphur cap, a fresh concern has emerged; how to deal with those unscrupulous owners and operators seeking a competitive advantage from illegal non-compliance.
With emissions set to become ever-more heavily policed over coming years, understanding exactly what comprises a vessel’s fuel at a given time has never been more important. Knowing exactly what is in the tanks could avoid costly fines, delays or even a vessel being impounded.
The early detection of contaminants in fuel lines, engines and bunkering infrastructure is critical to containing the problem, identifying its cause, finding a solution and ensuring it does not spread across a fleet, or beyond.
LNG as fuel
LNG’s credentials as a transitional fuel are considered by many to be the greenest of the currently viable alternatives, although it is not without its detractors. With some quarters calling for LNG to be rejected as a non-starter, those advocating LNG as the future for marine fuel are taking a stand.
The right choice of lubricant is already an extremely important decision, helping reduce maintenance costs and improve performance. As 1 January 2020 looms, lubricants can also help bolster the industry’s environmental credentials, demonstrating a culture of efficiency and waste reduction.
All regulations have their complexities and cost, but the catch with the 2020 sulphur cap is that any decision is essentially predicated on unknowns, such as compliant fuel prices, quality and availability.
Open-loop, closed-loop, hybrid? Deciding which scrubber solution to implement may well be the most important decision a shipowner makes this decade. Some of the leading players in the industry have already established the path they will take; but what influenced their choices and how can others learn from their decisions?
Asian Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference
The Asian Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference brought together the most influential names in the industry to discuss how best to approach the 2020 sulphur cap. What are the costs likely to be? Will fuel quality be maintained? And is there a ‘right’ choice of fuel? These questions and many more are addressed with insight and expertise.
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