Maritime Hydrogen and Marine Energy Conference: Use of hydrogen in shipping

For BRS Brokers’ Laurent Debart, LNG is one of the worst fuels that exists for the shipping world. He told the 5th International Conference on Maritime Hydrogen and Maritime Energy this morning that the focus needs to be on clean, non-fossil fuels like hydrogen and hydrogen-related products like ammonia.

“It’s very clear that we need to get to zero emission or very, very low emissions, and there’s no halfway to do that. Today’s shipping fuels emit a lot of emissions. LNG has less emissions from a tank propeller level, but if we take the whole production of LNG from the well to propeller, it is one of the worst fuels that exists,” Debart said.

Explaining the different vessel segments in international shipping, Debart said the main sectors are dry bulk, container ships and tankers.

“The dry bulk fleet is by far the largest one. We have an average size in weight of about 75,000 tonnes and average power requirements of 10MW,” he continued.

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