As legislation enforcing lower emissions on shipping becomes tougher, considerable attention and research is being given to possible alternate marine fuels for the future, which would enable shipowners and operators to meet new requirements for cleaner fuels.
Gas technology is already in use – Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel is now used by a few ships around the world. Back in 2007 Lloyd’s Register introduced its rules on natural-gas fuelled ships and in 2012 issued Rules and Regulations for the classification of natural-gas fuelled ships. Viking Line’s impressive cruise ferry Viking Grace, built by STX Europe in Turku, Finland, which entered service at the beginning of 2013 runs on LNG. LNG is a much more environmentally friendly product than traditional marine fuel oils and has very low emission levels. Other potential fuel oils are being considered.
‘Can my ship (or workboat) run on this?’ is the question under discussion at an event to be hosted by the GLEAMS (Glycerine fuel for Engines and Marine Sustainability) project team on Thursday, 27 February 2014 at Lloyds Register in London.
Glycerine is non-toxic, bio-degradable, water soluble, non-volatile and has a very low flammability rating combined with minimal environmental pollution impact. Presently used to fuel standard diesel engine Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators, its use as an alternative marine fuel promises to provide significant benefits. This event will cover the work being done by the project on technological and regulatory issues and the testing of a glycerine fuelled diesel engine to a marine cycle specified by Lloyd’s Register.
Delegates will hear about the factors relevant to bringing glycerine to the marine marketplace from several specialist speakers.
To attend the event you will first need to register as a member of the GLEAMS ‘Interest Group’. Membership of the Group is free of charge and can be done through the following link: http://groupspaces.com/GLEAMSInterestGroup/join Following successful registration an invitation/RSVP to the free to attend event will be emailed to the new member.