When it came into existence in January, IMO2020 heralded a new era in cleaner marine fuels, designed to reduce the cruise and wider shipping industry’s environmental impact, moving away from heavy fuel oils, which it had used for decades.
The cruise industry identified the need for a longer-term fuel solution for its new vessels, not just with IMO 2020 in mind, but with the IMO also targeting GHG emissions reductions of 50% by 2050 in addition to the need for cruise ships to be ECA Zone compliant.
The industry rose to the challenge early and for many operators, they saw the answer in LNG - a fuel alternative that is safe, sustainable and proven.
Carnival led the way with the AIDAnova making her maiden voyage at the end of 2018 with more on order. Others such as Royal Caribbean International, Disney, and MSC Cruises have also ordered LNG fuelled vessels. By 2027 there are an anticipated 20 LNG powered cruise ships due for delivery (Pre-Covid).
Xavier Pfeuty, General Manager for LNG bunkering activities at Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) – writes in the latest In the latest edition of Seatrade Cruise Magazine, highlighting how significant investment in the LNG infrastructure by TMFGS is supporting the growing move to LNG-powered vessels in the future.
By 2022, TMFGS will have aligned LNG bunkering services in Northern Europe, Singapore and Marseille including the World’s largest LNG bunkering vessel.
Read the full article on Seatrade Cruise Magazine.
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