International Cruise and Ferry - Spring/Summer 2019

MARKETWATCH International Cruise & Ferry Review 24 Upfront ith less than a year until the International Maritime Organization’s 0.5% sulphur cap comes into force, governments around the world are tightening shipping regulations to minimise carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, so cruise and ferry operators are increasing efforts to reduce their environmental impact. While some operators are ordering LNG-fuelled vessels, others will be trialling new alternatives in 2019. In Norway, power and automation technology provider ABB and research organisation SINTEF Ocean are analysing the viability of hydrogen fuel cell-powered marine propulsion systems. They will simulate different diesel/battery/fuel cell combinations and ship load profiles to identify the optimal one for passenger ships. “We’ll be seeking the decisive and practical solutions to develop fuel cell technology for main propulsion,” said Kristoffer Dønnestad, research and development engineer at ABB Marine and Ports. “Research will also focus on what a hydrogen ship bunkering infrastructure might look like.” SINTEF Ocean is also working with Protech and Havyard Group to develop a high-capacity hydrogen energy system that will combine batteries and hydrogen power to enable Havila Kystruten’s four new ro-pax ferries to operate emission-free at high speeds for half of the route between LNG is already a viable alternative to traditional marine fuels, but 2019 will see operators, suppliers and research organisations exploring the potential of hydrogen, biogas and methanol Passenger ship operators trial the fuels of the future DID YOU KNOW? Cruise Lines International Association and its members aim to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 while International Maritime Organization hopes to reduce greenhouse gases by 50% and decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 70% by 2050