Houlder and E4tech Drive Discussion on Alternative Fuels and Energy Carriers for Shipping on Behalf of IMO

Houlder was pleased to work with E4tech and the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project to develop and deliver two 4-day training workshops on Alternative Fuels and Energy Carriers for Shipping.

There is an important and fundamental shift happening in the global maritime sector as the industry navigates the energy transition and works to achieve the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation targets. Global talks around the 2050 emissions targets have led to individual countries looking to understand the specific barriers and opportunities associated with the uptake of alternative marine fuels. The workshops aimed to equip participants from China, Georgia, India and South Africa with the knowledge to help understand and shape this transition in their own countries.

The online events brought together participants from relevant government agencies, fuel suppliers, shipping companies/shipowners/operators, port authorities and academia to discuss a variety of alternative fuel options for the maritime sector that support the industry in achieving the ambitions set out in the IMO’s Initial GHG Strategy.

The workshops considered key concepts related to alternative fuels and provided detailed information on LNG, LPG, Methanol, Biofuels, Hydrogen and Ammonia as well as batteries for energy storage. For each individual fuel, the following aspects were discussed and considered:

  • Feedstocks and energy sources
  • Production technologies
  • Onshore requirements
  • Onboard requirements
  • Environmental impact
  • Cost overview
  • Regulations, standards and guidance
  • Barriers and risks

Chris Bell, Senior Consultant at Houlder, helped to develop the workshop and commented: “Working with E4tech and the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project to develop and deliver this training was a great opportunity to share our experience in the application of alternative fuels, in particular the onboard requirements for their storage, handling and use – as well as to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities faced in different countries.

“We ran interactive breakout sessions which discussed how the uptake of alternative fuels could be enhanced in each of the participating countries as well as what the key opportunities were, considering the specific national context. It is a really exciting time to be helping to form the pathway to decarbonisation of global shipping and to understand the specific considerations of different countries as they navigate the energy transition.

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