A consortium that includes ABS, CE Delft and Arcsilea, will carry out six studies on alternative fuels and decarbonization technologies for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
his will be a four-year project, aiming to study key aspects of the decarbonization of shipping, including biofuels, ammonia, hydrogen, wind-assisted propulsion, air lubrication and other promising technologies.
The initiative is part of EMSA’s mission to provide technical assistance to the EU Commission and member states, in order to promote sustainable shipping and support the shift to low- and zero-carbon operations.
This will be a monumental study that will provide an unprecedented degree of guidance and clarity with regards to the maritime application of alternative fuels and energy-saving devices
believes Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Director, Global Sustainability.
Moreover, Anouk van Grinsven, CE Delft Director, Sustainable Transport Fuels, added that it is very important for regulators and shipping companies to “understand the sustainability, availability and economics of the emerging fuel options.”
The alternative fuel and propulsion landscape is changing rapidly, and Arcsilea is pleased to be able to contribute to ensuring that the regulatory framework keeps pace with developments
noted Edwin Pang, Arcsilea Founder.
Finally, the studies will analyze the industry’s use of each fuel or power technology, including availability, life-cycle emission characteristics and economic aspects.
The project partners will also review the current regulatory framework, identify any gaps and include safety assessments for the application of each fuel and power source to cargo as well as passenger vessels.