The Week In Alt Fuels: Three Green Transition Pillars


Regulatory support includes both global regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and regional regulations from the EU and others. It is important that global regulations align with regional ones to avoid a regulatory quagmire, argued DNV’s director of marine environment Eirik Nyhus.

Different targets and requirements

Nyhus said that shipping is poised to face “a complex rest of the decade” if the IMO’s mid-term measures eventually overlap with the EU’s regional shipping regulations. This is mainly because the IMO and EU regulations are likely to have different targets and requirements. The IMO has more member states with differing views, which makes it more complex, he argued.

Inaugural completed

Shell LNG completed its inaugural LNG bunkering operation in the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. A.P. Moller-Maersk’s methanol-powered deep-sea container vessel, Ane Maersk, bunkered 4,300 mt of green methanol and 1,375 mt of pure B100 biodiesel in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. This is the second methanol bunkering operation in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

STS ammonia bunkering

A Japanese consortium will study ship-to-ship (STS) ammonia bunkering in US West Coast ports, including Oakland and Benicia. As part of the consortium, Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo plans to develop an end-to-end supply chain to support green and blue ammonia bunkering.

Dutch project developer Power2X is planning to build a 500,000 mt/year bio-methanol plant in the Niidu industrial area in Pärnu, Estonia. Bio-methanol produced at the facility can be used to decarbonise “Estonian ferry lines and shipping and other hard to decarbonize industries”, the company said.

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