Future marine fuels

wow thats interesting, so there was some computing there or it was all presets done from trial and error?
Do you remember who made the system?

Probably one of the subsidiaries of Ulstein Trading.
This was at a time when Ulstein Trading (UT) was in fast expansion and before being sold to Vickers in 1999, which again was taken over by Rolls Royce, naming the company RR Commercial Marine (Now Kongsberg Marine)
But Ulstein family kept the original shipyard and built up the new Ulstein Group as it is known today:

PS> Computers weren’t unknown in the 1980s. I brought my first Taiwan clone of a an IBM 289 MB computer in 1985.
Not much computing power, even compared to today’s smartphones, but great at that time.
MS DOS operating system (bootleg copy) on floppy disks. Good enough for Spreadsheets and Word processing. Even able to handle CAD design:
No internet connection, though.

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Here is the latest contender as supplier of the future marine fuel:

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Saving fuel first step towards new fuel(s)?:

Singapore is getting ready for the future marine fuels:

Singapore is not betting on one only to become the winner in race to become THE fuel of the future, by Methanol appears to be a good start, given the number of ships on order that will be methanol powered, or ready to switch as soon as the bunkering facilities are in place at the world’s main ports.

Here is an article about why LNG is NOR the marine fuel of the future:

I was of the impression that it was an accepted fact that LNG is a stopgap solutiononly to meet current SOX, NOX and particle pollution regulations. But maybe not.

Heading to EU ports?:

Electricity for humid air? Could that be something for ships, or boats?:

At least there are plenty of humid air where ships and boats operate.

If it works with cow manure, why stop there??

About 15 years ago at our annual Field Days show ( a 4 day show that showcases the latest scientific and Machinery advances in Horticultural and pastoral farming and is the largest show in the southern hemisphere showed a bio gas generator.
It was a tank about the same size as a 40’ container for the effluent and the bio gas drove the same gas turbine used in the Iroquois helicopter.
The energy produced was sufficient to power a rotary shed milking 700 cows and all supporting farm infrastructure.
700 cows is about average for a family owned farm.

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Singapore is getting ready for the multiples of future marine fuels:

Looks like Methanol is winning (for now):


Does NYK belive Ammonia is the Marine Fuel of the future?:

A thought provoking article in Splash 24/7 today:

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Before any alternative marine fuel can be universally accepted the supply and bunkering facilities has to be in place.
India (among others) wants to be in the forefront here:

Finding enough supply of whatever the Marine fuel of the future may be is likely to be a challenge:

Re: Shipping could face carbon-neutral fuel shortage on decarbonisation path

I’m anticipating that once a few of the ‘green’ systems are prototyped as a proof-of-concept, the main goal of facilitating regulatory activity will be achieved. This will allow most of the players in the global transport sector to be pushed out of the industry leaving the truly large and favored participants to enjoy more of a monopoly. At that point they will probably run the most economical fuel available. Pretty much what most people are running today.

To really understand a lot of aspects of today’s world, and especially the transport sector, one might study ‘Technocracy’ a bit. (Technocracy is an economic system where value is ‘backed’ by energy and where currency is denominated in units of energy. This contrasts with modern debt-backed fiat monetary systems.) After that one can understand who is favorably to the movement, why, what methods are used to roll it in, etc. Finding out how it traces right back to H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, etc also helps explain why the (usually unaware) enthusiasts tend to be pretty fanatical about such technologies as autonomous vehicles and that sort of thing. My two cents, but studying this stuff has really helped me make more accurate long-range forecasts.

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To make any alternative fuel viable for shipping there have to be supplies available in major ports around the world. To make that possible there have to be transport facilities to bring the fuel from the manufacturing facilities to the bunkering hubs .

Someone is getting ready to offer such transport facilities:

Two of the largest Container shipping companies are getting ready: