Can Cargo Ships convert to clean LNG?

Yes. And this is a critical transition.

Most deep-sea ships, such as container ships burn the dirtiest petroleum product available.

If ships using the Arctic Routes were required to convert to LNG or similar, the ice would not be getting covered with the black carbon that is hastening the melting of the ice.

Busy port cities all over the world are enduring ship generated toxic emissions from both cruise ships and container ships that are much dirtier than onshore facilities are allowed to be.

Good news is that LNG is getting a push due to new rules going into effect in 2020 reducing the sulfur in emissions by 75%.

Hapag-Lloyd to convert large container ship to LNG in a world’s first – SAFETY4SEA

I’m optimistic that this conversion will happen quickly since the Natural gas Flexible power Wartsila engines have been being installed on for over a decade onshore to support wind and solar generation all over the world.

Since Wartsila has already been a global leader in shipping power for decades, the gas capable technology is well proven, and only waiting for the new rules to change the mental model of the shipping companies.

New rules on ship emissions herald sea change for oil market

Regardless of the climate bickering going on in the U.S. the world is moving quickly to a cleaner future.

©William Ross Williams 2019

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