Ship operators are always looking for ways to cut fuel and lubrication costs. However, shipping has reached a stage where environmental issues and high fuel costs need innovative solutions. There is not going to be a universal answer, and this biannual supplement to Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery examines the options and associated operational issues that operators should consider to suit their needs.
Published in May & October 2013, topics under the spotlight include:
• regulation: market-based measures including bunker levy and emissions trading; the implications of the IMO mandate for 0.1 per cent sulphur fuel in Environmental Control Areas (ECAs) from 2015; the Energy Efficiency Design Index
• fuel options: Supply, demand and availability. Marine gas oil versus heavy fuel oil with SOx scrubber technology; the rules, safety challenges and availability of LNG including bunkering and refuelling; alternative fuels; fuel cells
• lubrication options: will two different lubricants – or possibly three – be needed to deal with variations in fuel sulphur content, or can this be avoided by using lube oil with a higher Base Number? Will the next generation of marine lubricants rely on a new universal lube oil, and are many ships over-lubricating and increasing resultant wear?
• the manufacturer/equipment supplier perspective: advances in engine combustion technology, the use of external technologies, including scrubbers, exhaust gas recirculation and fuel saving
• additives: while these are now widely accepted within the global shipping industry, a significant part of the industry still remains skeptical. Some owners are reluctant to use fuel additives due to warranty issues. Some engine manufacturers prefer to supply fuel additive suppliers with a ‘no objection letter’ or ‘no harm certificate’ rather than an out and out reference
• fuel testing: the perspectives of major testing laboratories and classification societies on fuel quality
• the operator perspective: The soaring cost of bunkers, deteriorating quality of marine bunker fuel and the changing dynamics of international trade require an increase in vessel operational flexibility. How are operators responding?
Future Marine Fuels & Lubes examines these issues from the perspectives of its readers, including ship operators and managers, suppliers, engineering superintendents, naval architects, class societies, ship registries, shipyards and port and harbour authorities.
Future Marine Fuels & Lubes is only available as part of a subscription to Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery.
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