Alternative Marine Fuels And Their Implication For Spill Response

1500hrs 24 May 2023

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The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted the first set of international mandatory measures to improve ships’ energy efficiency on 15 July 2011. In the past decade, IMO has taken further action, including further regulatory measures and the adoption of the Initial IMO GHG strategy. To support their implementation, IMO has been executing a comprehensive capacity-building and technical assistance programme, including a range of global projects.

The IMO Initial Strategy for the reduction of GHG emissions from shipping sets key ambitions. The main goals are:

  • Cut annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least half by 2050, compared with their level in 2008, and work towards phasing out GHG emissions from shipping entirely as soon as possible in this century.
  • The Initial GHG Strategy envisages a reduction in the carbon intensity of international shipping (to reduce CO2 emissions per transport work), as an average across international shipping, by at least 40% by 2030, pursuing efforts towards 70% by 2050, compared to 2008.

Whilst the Initial Strategy will be revised in 2023, shipowners, driven by their shareholders and customers have adopted their own net-zero strategies.

Many new builds are powered by at least one ‘green’ fuel and all have significant GHG emissions compared to the vessel they replace.

Many existing vessels are being retrofitted with exhaust scrubbers that reduce harmful exhaust emissions and some vessel engines are being adapted to run on cleaner fuels.

Innovation is also playing its part with a selection of new fuels coming to market to reduce emissions; methanol, ammonia, green hydrogen, and electricity are seen as clean fuels with perhaps LNG, HVO, and blue hydrogen as transition fuels.

Whatever the shipping industry settles on as the primary fuel for propulsion, this is a clear time of change in marine fuels.

This webinar looks at the implication of these fuels for operators and for spill response.

To guide us through this, we have two respected industry professionals:

Marcus Russell is the Global Engagement Manager at Oil Spill Response. From a marine engineering background in the British merchant navy, Marcus joined Oil Spill Response Limited in 1999. Since then, he has worked predominantly in the Operations department gaining first-hand response experience in major incidents including the Erika, Prestige, Deepwater Horizon, and most recently Xpress Pearl.

Oliver Timofei is one of the founders of BlueTack, a marine salvage company focused on Incident Management & Pollution Remediation with 17 years of experience in the industry.

Oliver worked for Wijsmuller Salvage, Svitzer Salvage and Ardent in different roles globally e.g. Regional Commercial Manager Australasia, VP Emergency Management and was responsible for all Preparedness & Salvage services conducted. Oliver’s last position was CEO.

He has been involved in all aspects of salvage – working with ship owners, oil majors, H&M insurers, P&I clubs, and governmental bodies. Oliver studied as Maritime Officer and obtained a BSC degree in Maritime Management.

This webinar will take place on Wednesday 24th May at 1500 BST. Click the link below to register for free.

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