I'm expecting to see some good PR for QFI / msar from the conference in the trade press tomorrow and into next week. Hopefully, JM's presentation will have got some more of the shipping world buzing - especially if he let the conference know how committed Maersk now are to the fuel. :)
Day one of the Fuels, Lubes & Emissions Technology Conference saw a range of lively and thought-provoking discussions and debate from an array of international speakers, panellists and delegates. Held at the London Marriott Regents Park Hotel, the busy and well-attended event attracted leading players from leading shipowners and operators, as well as representatives from the market’s leading manufacturers in the fuels, lubricants, additives and related sectors. The day’s proceedings were inevitably dominated by the imminent deadline for the Marpol Annex VI reduction in permitted sulphur levels, which falls on 1 January 2015. Indeed, ‘Session One: Regulation Update’, began with Poul Woodall of DFDS reminding delegates that the deadline fell in just 65 days and expressing his concern that the industry was not ready for what he called the “modal shift” this date would bring.
Other speakers during this session echoed Mr Woodall’s concerns about unpreparedness, with Lucian Stavarache of Rickmers Group, Roger Strevens of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and Kåre Press-Kristensen of the Danish Ecological Council all expressing worries about the costs, impact and enforcement of the legislation. Mr Strevens, while arguing the case for owners and operators to back the Trident Alliance, which lobbies in favour of strong enforcement in order to ensure fair competition, said of the emission control area (ECA) sulphur limits: “The impact is huge technically, operationally and cost-wise. This is an industry game-changer.”
The Owners and Operators Forum entitled ‘It’s Decision Time’ followed in session two and continued in much the same vein, with questions and responses from the floor reflecting the uncertainty about the forthcoming deadline. One of the more alarming facts to emerge from this session was that, since a similar regulation was brought in for the waters around California, the number of vessels that lost power in the area due (presumably) to fuel switching had risen alarmingly. The third session concerned future fuel options, looking at some of the latest developments and applications. These included: presentations on the current and potential future uses of methanol; a low-viscosity, oil-in-water emulsion fuel from Quadrise Fuels International, a new low-sulphur fuel from Exxon Mobil; and a presentation on the possibilities of glycerine as a fuel during which speaker Simon Powell, operations director of Marine South East and GLEAMS project co-ordinator said that glycerine fuel produced from salt-stressed algae “has the potential to fulfil all the world’s maritime fuel needs within 15 years”.
Meanwhile, Søren Stensgaard of the Municipality of Samsø in Denmark o
colinH100 BP has been posting in his own inimitable style on this board.for.longer than most, and is entitled to say what he feels. The spelling of others now seems to be important to only tattooists and ex teachers of a certain age.
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