The alternative fuels insight (AFI) platform provides the shipping industry an open platform for evaluating the uptake of alternative fuels and technologies.
By providing freely accessible tools for visualising and analysing comprehensive and high-quality data, supplemented by an extensive collection of technical resources, AFI helps shipowners and other maritime stakeholders monitor the global uptake of alternative fuels and assess the best options for their own vessels.
The decision of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to limit fuel sulphur content from 1 January 2020, and the recently adopted ambition to halve GHG emissions by 2050 mean the world’s future fleet will have to rely on a broader range of fuels and adopt novel propulsion solutions and energy efficiency measures.
All alternative fuel options are accompanied by benefits and challenges. Prerequisites for introducing a new fuel include availability of sufficient production and distribution facilities as well as an adequate bunkering infrastructure. In addition, new fuels in many cases require extensive onboard modifications, which brings complexity and cost.
DNV GL developed the AFI platform to support the shipping industry’s transition to a cleaner, green future. It provides a complete overview on developments of alternative fuels and technologies, covering both investments on ships and in bunkering infrastructure.
A core aim is to improve clarity for a range of stakeholders allowing them to make informed decisions. It will assist shipowners select a fuel for the vessels they order today and in coming years, and fuel suppliers weighing up investment in new bunkering infrastructure. Maritime authorities will benefit from increased transparency, while equipment suppliers can gather intelligence for product development strategies.
Because the maritime fuel landscape is continually evolving, AFI is not a static platform. To encourage industry collaboration, and to ensure the information presented on AFI is up to the minute, users can submit updates on the status of existing bunkering projects for alternative fuels or share details of new ones.
Freely accessible quality data
Interactive fuel finder
Accelerating market uptake
Technical and financial benchmarking