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MARINE PROPULSION • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP “The next big thing on fuels is LNG.

We are a long way from identifying a fuel which offers the same viability, in terms of in- frastructure, beyond LNG at the moment. LNG is the necessary bridge which is getting us closer to a carbon neutral future.

Already today about 30% of all new engines ordered to propel deep sea vessels are using

LNG as fuel.”

Rolf Stiefel

Vice President Sales,

Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.

Brown, Cummins Emissions control, across our quality bene? ts today which improves people’s health. Brown, Cummins Diesel continues to be the most business, is an area where Cummins is investing time, And there is a signi? cant reduction in climate impact as viable fuel right now and probably in the foreseeable energy, and money. Four to ? ve unique regulations well. Not enough to meet the IMO strategy by itself, but future for our marine customers. While there are on- drive work on our marine engine platforms alone. When the beauty of LNG is that it is the perfect transition fuel. going discussions around alternative fuel sources, such you look at how many engine platforms Cummins has Fossil LNG can be seamlessly mixed and replaced by as natural gas, LNG, methane, and electric, there is no across all its business segments, and multiply that by Bio-LNG and in the future also Synthetic LNG made one standout among them. For the industry to switch, the unique emissions regulations that we need to meet, from renewable hydrogen. A key aspect in this is that mariners will want to see that a new fuel is a viable and you begin to see how expansive and all-encompassing the supply chain for LNG is rapidly maturing. There dependable option, and that the global infrastructure meeting emissions regulations can be. are of course other options, but for a large scale imple- exists to support it. If diesel prices were to increase, it mentation a supply chain, mature fuel storage technol- could possibly open the market to wider adaptation al-

Bleuanus, Wärtsilä Ef? ciency (and thus emis- ogy, safety rules and experience and also economical ternatives such as LNG. But it would require a massive sions) and also ? exibility. Even if the future of shipping aspects play a vital role. What is not to like about large updating in infrastructure within the shipping industry sometimes seems less clear today than it did 10 years bene? ts today and a clear path towards near-zero cli- for alternatives to be used on a wide scale.

ago, operational and fuel ? exibility remains one of the mate change impact?

Put in perspective ‘Autonomous Ma- key elements to reduce investment risks in cutting edge rine Operations’. What is your de? ni- technology. We need to ensure that our solutions work Stiefel, WinGD The next big thing on fuels is tion, and is it a real conversation with as well in the future as they do today. Flexibility is key LNG. We are a long way from identifying a fuel which your clients today, or a topic far in the in meeting that promise. offers the same viability, in terms of infrastructure, be- future?

yond LNG at the moment. LNG is the necessary bridge which is getting us closer to a carbon neutral future.

There is (justi? ably) vibrant discussion

Already today about 30% of all new engines ordered Aabo, MAN ES It is dif? cult to say; to me it seems surrounding fuel choice. From your dis- to propel deep sea vessels are using LNG as fuel. The quite unrealistic to have completely unmanned ships cussions with your clients, do you see reasons are compelling: lower emissions, less CO2 and for the safety factor alone. one fuel emerging today as the ‘next offered at a very attractive price compared to 0.5% igi- Today we from time-to-time see issues happens with big thing?’ tiz fuels. As an entire industry, we need signi? cant col- the electronic and mechanical equipment on board have

Aabo, MAN ES I think it is very early to project laboration in order to bring the next future fuel to the to ? xed on the spot … is it realistic to think that every- what will be the fuel of the future. I think that it will be same level of availability. The uptake of alternate fuels thing can be ? xed remotely?

much more clear in January 2020 (when the new IMO such as hydrogen and ammonia in short-distance routes fuel rules enter force) and we see the direction of fuel are exciting, progress is happening. But the viability Stiefel, WinGD The WiDE (WinGD Digital Ex- costs as a fuel for ocean-going vessels is just not there yet. pert) system we offer improves the way operational

That’s why LNG is the right choice now. data on a day to day basis is analyxed to improve op-

Bleuanus, Wärtsilä LNG. It brings large air erations and predict maintenance. Nevertheless, such 48 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • MAY 2019

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