The 6th Gas Fuelled Ships Conference addressed the use of LNG as a maritime fuel, comparing it with other up and coming low flash point fuel options including Ethanol and Methanol and other alternatives for ECA compliance. Presentations on fuel availability, cost, design implications, supply infrastructure, technology and operator feedback plus roundtable discussions formed part of the two day programme ensuring that information and knowledge sharing was at a maximum. The operator panel on ECA implementation and compliance provided attendees with a valuable insight into how major operators such as Hapag Lloyd, Maersk Maritime Technology, Stena and Carnival Corporation are addressing the next deadline in 2020. Day three included technical visits to the methanol fuelled Stena Germanica ferry and the Becker Marine/AIDA Cruises’ LNG hybrid barge.
The conference is the only technical conference to combine an informative and knowledge based conference with technical visits giving delegates access to real life operations of current gas fuelled vessels as well as networking opportunities at its welcome reception and conference dinner.
With the 2015 event meeting or exceeding the expectations of over 92% of attendees, the 2016 edition will be a must attend event for ship owners and operators, policy makers, engine manufacturers, ship builders, classification societies, ship designers, ship yards and port & terminal operators who are looking to be kept informed of options for the ongoing ECA regulations with particular reference to using gas, and alternatives, as a maritime fuel.