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Oskar Levander, VP – Innovation, Engineering
and Technology talks about the challenges and
opportunities for the marine world.
Voyaging into
the future
SOMETIMES WHAT WAS
UNTHINKABLE YESTERDAY
IS TOMORROW’S REALITY
S
hip efficiency is the principal driver for the future as it directly impacts operating
costs. There are many ways to improve it – change the vessel’s design to do its
job more effectively, improve the hullform and systems to reduce fuel burn, and
by optimising the transport chain of which the vessel is a part. All these factors
must be evaluated together, avoiding silos of thinking to get the best results.
Fuel transition
The era of cheap energy seems to be over; we are at the dawn of the fuel transition era.
Today almost all marine fuel is oil based. In the future, there will be three or more choices.
Heavy fuel oil (HFO) will not disappear, and low sulphur distillates will gain acceptance.
Alternatives such as dimethyl ether (DME), methanol and other biofuels will probably play a
smaller part. Fuel choice is driven by cost, and increasingly by emissions regulations. These
rules mean there is no alternative but to move to greener fuels or fit abatement systems.
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