Viking Grace – venue for Gas Fuelled Ships

28 Jan 2013
The 'Viking Grace' - this year's venue for GFS

The 'Viking Grace' - this year's venue for GFS

Mercator Media’s venue for the fourth Gas Fuelled Ships Conference (11 to 12 September 2013) is a fitting one – the world’s largest passenger cruise vessel fuelled by LNG, the ‘Viking Grace’.

Sailing from Stockholm early on the first day of the conference, 11 September 2013, the Viking Grace will make a round trip via Turku returning to Stockholm early on 13 September 2013.

The Viking Grace, owned by Viking Line, was designed with the goal of finding the best possible environmental solutions and uses LNG fuel to help decrease its nitrogen exhausts by 85% and its greenhouse gases by 15%; it has a sulphur level of practically zero.

The organisers are expecting a high level of take up for this innovative event that will update on the progress and prospects for LNG as a maritime fuel for the future.

The stringent Tier III regulations which apply to ships within Emission Control Areas will be coming in to force in 2015. Therefore, further investment to reduce emissions in the shipping industry is needed now, but this can’t be achieved with a potential increase in costs.

A change to alternative fuels also brings about other areas for development such as ship architecture and the safety aspects for storage and handling of gas on board ships, all of which will be under discussion at the conference.

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