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Move over LNG – other cruise power options to make their mark

Thu 29 Mar 2018 by Rebecca Moore

Move over LNG – other cruise power options to make their mark

STX France has launched carbon-free cruising where wind is central, while methanol and hydrogen progress

LNG has passed a ‘tipping point’ within the cruise sector, while other alternative fuels look set to see their use ramped up within the industry, including wind power, hydrogen and methanol.

STX France has launched a carbon-free cruise design that uses wind as a main source of power – a design that is first-of-its-kind. Wind was chosen as it is available everywhere and is free to use.

STX France decided on using sails to draw on the source of wind power and the yard created the technology to be used with the sails.

And this design is already making progress to becoming a reality as STX France has an agreement with Ponant to replace one of the existing sails on its Le Ponant cruise ship and trial the solution.

Hydrogen and methanol are also serious contenders for cruise ship alternative power. The cruise ship industry has embraced LNG –speakers at Seatrade Cruise Global’s Alternative Fuels panel agreed that LNG has passed a ‘tipping point’ within this industry. This surely helps smooth the path to using other alternative fuels.

Indeed, in this session, while the challenges to using hydrogen were discussed, Shell LNG marketing and trading team lead Americas, LNG business development, John Grubic said that Shell was “looking carefully at hydrogen”.

And RINA Services marine chief commercial officer Paolo Moretti said that the class society has developed rules for classing methanol on board vessels, and that IMO will soon be launching guidelines on the use of methanol as fuel.

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