The Lubrizol Corporation became the latest member, and the first lubricant additive technology supplier to join the Getting to Zero coalition, which aims to speed development of zero-emissions deepsea vessels
Lubrizol business manager for large engines Simon Tarrant said of the move, “We are excited about the important work the coalition is doing and look forward to working together to help the shipping industry achieve its emissions goals by 2030.”
Getting to Zero supports the development of infrastructure required to support commercially viable deployment of zero-emissions vessels by 2030 including scalable zero-carbon energy sources’ production, distribution, storage and bunkering. The group set the 2030 target date because most ships after that date will still be sailing in 2050, by which time IMO hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least half.
Mr Tarrant added joining the coalition “is also a chance to align with forward-thinking industry stakeholders to gain some insight into the engine and fuel solution challenges of the future”.
Lubrizol said new fuels and enhanced engine designs will add new operational challenges related to the company’s work and will need new lubricant formulations. The company recently analysed IMO 2020-compliant VLSFO blends to develop a cylinder oil additive package to handle the widely varying properties of these fuels.
The company’s technical manager, marine diesel engine oils, Ian Bown said “We are talking with engine manufacturers to understand the challenges that new fuels might bring. This will help us to evaluate the type of additive chemistry required in the future. But to gain more understanding we need in-service testing, which depends on the availability of ships operating on the relevant fuels.”
Getting to Zero was launched at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York in September 2019 and is endorsed by 14 governments and composed of over 100 organisations. The collective is also committed to putting commercially viable zero-emissions deepsea vessels into operation by 2030.
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