According to the latest Alternative Fuels Insight from classification organisation DNV, there are 805 LNG-fueled ships in operation or on order, with 229 more ‘LNG-ready’ ships, says an article published in Seatrade Maritime News.
Despite the fact that many LNG carriers use reliquefied boil-off gas as a fuel, vehicle and passenger ferry operators have been fast to adopt LNG as a fuel, with 46 ships currently in service and seven more on the way, according to the DNV report.
Containerships, on the other hand, will soon seize the lead.
The 35 LNG-powered boxships presently in service will shortly be joined by 172 more, bringing the total number of LNG-powered boxships to 207, more than double the number of the next largest ship group.
Car carriers come in second position, maybe unexpectedly, with eight currently in service and 95 more on order.
Customers of automobile manufacturers have put a lot of pressure on car carrier operators to cut emissions.
There are 87 LNG-fueled crude oil tankers in operation or under development, 70 LNG-fueled oil/chemical tankers, and 62 LNG-fueled bulk carriers.
There are currently 580 ships with batteries in service or on order, with a further 47 ships on order for delivery beginning in 2023.
Ferries for cars and passengers are in the lead, with 193 ships in service and another 69 on the way.
About half of the battery installations are part of hybrid arrangements, and Norwegian ships account for about 40% of all ships with batteries.
The DNV analysis examines the consumption of alternative fuels such as methanol, LPG, and hydrogen, as well as the current profile of scrubber installations.
Scrubbers are currently installed aboard 4,485 ships, the majority of which are bulk carriers (1,659), containerships (1,121), crude tankers (678), and oil/chemical tankers (678). (573).
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Source: Seatrade Maritime News