The Danish Green Ship of the Future project has launched a new study on alternatives for meeting the air pollution standards applicable to ships sailing in SOx Emission Controlled Areas (SECAs). Three main options will be compared: switching to low-sulphur distillate fuel, using liquid natural gas (LNG) as fuel, and applying exhaust gas cleaning (scrubber) technology. Results are expected before the end of this year.
The overall target for Green Ship of the Future is to develop strategies to reduce shipping emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 per cent, sulphur and nitrogen oxides by 90 per cent each and particulate matter from both existing ships and new builds.
Source: Press release 1 March 2011.