Alternative marine fuels

Alternative marine fuels


Marine fuels sale and consumption are not currently subject to greenhouse gas (GHG) restrictions or fees. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is requiring that vessels reduce their CO2 emissions (a type of GHG) by 40pc by 2030 and by 70pc by 2050 from 2008 base levels.

Separately, the EU has two proposals in the works which would apply to vessels calling EU ports:

1: To phase in maritime emissions trading in its emissions trading scheme starting in 2023, with 100pc auctioning of emissions from 2026.
2: For vessels to reduce their GHG intensity starting from 2025 with 75pc reduction by 2050, from 2020 base levels.

The IMO and EU’s objectives have prompted ship owners to invest in alternative marine fuels, such as ammonia, hydrogen, biofuel, LNG, and methanol among others.

Argus’ price assessments allow you to compare alternative to conventional bunkers. Our analysis pieces provide you with insight into alternative fuels trends.

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California starting next year will require commercial harbor craft vessels in the state to burn renewable diesel (R99) instead of ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD), increasing their marine fuel bills. The state’s environmental agency, California Air Resource Board (CARB), expects the switch to R99 to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 30pc and particulate matter emissions by 10pc.

We discuss the current state of the European conventional bunker market and the latest developments in alternative marine fuels, touching on the European bunker markets’ recovery from Covid-19, pricing themes between the key European bunker ports, Argus’ new bunker indexes for the ARA and West Med hubs and more.

Hear about market trends and future perspectives for low-carbon fuels (LNG, ammonia, hydrogen, methanol and biofuels) and the impact of a possible lifting of Iran sanctions on the HFSO market.

Join the webinar for an insightful discussion on the low carbon alternative marine fuels market in Asia – mainly Singapore, Japan and China marine fuels markets.

Featuring expert insights from across the shipping industry, as well as stakeholders from the methanol and green ammonia sectors. This series of interviews will bring clarity to a much debated topic and contributors include Proman Shipping, Maersk, The Methanol Institute, ABS and Yara.

The currently embryonic but potentially huge market for ammonia as a low or zero carbon energy carrier is generating high levels of interest in the global energy industry and across multiple commodity markets.

Analysing the case for green ammonia and potential markets (fertilizer/industrial applications, marine fuel and power generation).

Argus Media has agreed to share its database of ammonia terminals with DNV DL’s Alternative Fuel Insight platform.

The market has spoken. A poll conducted by Argus shows market participants think that Singapore’s future as a bunkering hub in the near term will be impacted most by growth in alternative bunker fuels and intensifying competition from other ports in Asia.

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    Focused on ammonia as a low or zero-carbon energy carrier

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