Leading technology provider Wartsila has launched Project Forward, an initiative to research the potential of environmentally-friendly marine technologies, as part of a collaboration with Arista Shipping.
The proposed technology is designed to assist the industry as it prepares for the upcoming International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2020 rules on fuel.
These include advanced hulls and highly efficient propulsion machinery that can be run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Along with its 2020 climate change rules – which prohibits ships from emitting more than 0.5% of sulphur – the IMO has also insisted that efforts should be made to reduce CO2 emissions by 70% by 2050.
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Wartsila claims that Project Forward shows that this 70% reduction can be met, even without lowering service speeds by using carbon neutral fuels mixed with LNG.
According to the company, model tests so far indicate that is also possible to meet the IMO’s additional target of reducing carbon intensity by 40% by 2030.
Speaking about the potential of Project Forward, Johnny Kackur, General Manager, Wartsila Marine Solutions, said: “The efficient propulsion design concept for Project Forward is based on a novel arrangement featuring just two highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF engines without auxiliary gensets.
“The project is totally in line with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision that foresees an era of concept solutions delivering optimal efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability”.
Antonis Trakakis, Technical Director, Arista, also commented: “Through the advanced engine technology available today, LNG has a clearly superior well-to-wake emissions profile compared to liquid fuel.
“LNG appears not as a transition fuel, but the fuel of tomorrow and for many years to come”.