Nicholas Newman MEOT December 2017
Faced with international standards limiting sulphur emissions, under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, LNG has been promoted as an alternative to “dirty” bunker fuel oil for shipping. Since 2005, stricter controls to minimise multiple airborne emissions including sulphur oxides, oxides of nitrogen, ozone-depleting substances, and volatile organic compounds from ships in sea areas were introduced in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in Northwest Europe and US waters. The Baltic countries and other European states were pioneers in setting up low emission zones. Consequently, the Baltic is now home to an increasing number of LNG fuelled ferries, including the MS Viking as well as the world’s largest LNG fuelled platform supply vessel, the Rem Eir. For traffic along Europe’s rivers and canals, Shell is developing a fleet of LNG-powered barges of which the RPG Stuttgart is typical.