The three companies have formed a research consoritium with the intent to produce a half dozen studies on alternative fuels and emissions reduction technologies for the European Maritime Safety Administration (EMSA)
The studies will analyse the industry’s use of various fuels and power technologies, including their availability, lifecycle emissions characteristics and economics.
A statement from ABS said the project partners will also review the current regulatory framework, identify any gaps and include safety assessments for the application of each fuel and power source to cargo vessels and passenger vessels.
ABS, the consortium lead, said the project will be undertaken over four years and will assess fuels including ammonia, hydrogen, wind-assisted propulsion, air lubrication and and biofuels, among others.
EMSA commissioned the project in support of its EU Commission charge to provide technical assistance to the Commission and its member states to promote sustainable shipping and support the shift to low- and zero-carbon maritime operations.
“This will be a monumental study that will provide an unprecedented degree of guidance and clarity with regards to the maritime application of alternative fuels and energy-saving devices,” said ABS director for global sustainability Georgios Plevrakis.
"It is important for regulators and shipping companies alike to understand the sustainability, availability and economics of the emerging fuel options," said CE Delft director, sustainable transport fuels Anouk van Grinsven.
“The alternative fuel and propulsion landscape is changing rapidly, and Arcsilea is pleased to contribute to ensuring the regulatory framework keeps pace with developments,” said Arcsilea Founder Edwin Pang.
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