IMO is on its way with new guidelines for the use of alternative fuels; a development that Danish Shipping welcomes, saying that they are “an important step towards climate neutrality.”
s Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director of Security, environment and security in Danish Shipping, explains, ”shipping companies need clear rules before they build the ships that will sail on the new fuels, and that is why the new guidelines are an important step towards our goal of carbon neutral shipping in 2050.”
On a recent meeting, the guidelines for the use of LPG (Liqufied Petroleum Gas) on board ships were finalised, but Danish Shipping has a strong focus on the completion of the guidelines for the use of hydrogen and ammonia as fuels on ships.
The rules will now have to be approved by Marine Safety Committee (MSC) before entering into to force. This is expected to happen on a meeting in the spring of 2023.
It is extremely important that we as quickly as possible get clear rules for the new fuels. The development is happening so fast that rules either don’t exist or simply can’t follow up with the technology. Regulation should help support the transition and ensure that those leading the way don’t risk meeting unnecessary obstacles
added Maria Skipper Schwenn.
Danish Shipping has, besides the goal of climate neutral shipping in 2050, another goal of minimum 5% of the Danish fleet sailing on climate neutral fuels in 2030.