In this video, WinGD’s CEO, Klaus Heim, and Vice President for R&D, Dominik Schneiter, discuss with ExxonMobil’s Marine Fuels Venture Manager, Luca Volta, and Global Marine Equipment Builder Manager, Steve Walker regarding engine design and LNG growth to 2020 readiness and what happens beyond January 1st 2020.
As far as LNG is concerned, Dominik Schneiter said that LNG is perceived as one solution to control sulphur emissions, while it also reduces the CO2.
However, Luca Volta added that today only 250 ships are using LNG, with Klaus Heim saying that the demand for LNG is increasing, while the necessary infrastructure as well is being built. Namely, there are more and more initiatives worldwide, and in ports, to secure the supply of LNG.
Regarding the future, Mr. Heim said that market demand will be the one to drive solutions, while in order for services to become better, digitalization will play a vital role. With better services, consumption could decrease, while crew performance would become better.
In addition, the 2020 sulphur cap has raised many questions, with operators wondering how they can comply using the existing infrastructure, as well as vessels. For this reason, the new fuels must be usable on a vessel with an existing engine, Mr. Heim explained.
Moreover, Steve Walker highlights that operators must engage in the efforts to achieve the 2020 sulphur cap. This will encourage the industry as a whole to do the same.