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DNV predicts emissions technology uptake to 2020

DNV has developed a simulation model using global shipping data and technology specific information to predict the deployment of emission reduction and energy efficiency technologies up to 2020, and has released information on the results of its work.

These results have been obtained by examining the technology choices available to ensure regulatory compliance and how these technology options will be adopted based on simulated investment decisions for individual ships.

DNV notes that the model is not restricted to the newbuilding market alone and also offers insights on fuel choice, exhaust gas treatment and ballast water treatment for existing ships, with over 20 technology options having been included in the modelling process.

According to the company the model predicts that high fuel costs will result in a drive towards more energy efficient ships ahead of the EEDI regulatory timeframe.

Fuel choices up to 2020 will be driven by the time spent in an Emissions Control Area (ECA), but distillate fuel is a more likely option than scrubbers for most ships towards 2020.

By 2020, it is expected that new tankers, bulkers and container vessels will be up to 30 per cent more energy efficient than today’s newbuildings. DNV predicts that one-third of the reductions will be cost effective for shipowners.

The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) will be the driver for the remaining two-thirds of the efficiency gains.

The results of a survey conducted in March 2012 involving a number of shipping companies have been used as the basis for the investment decisions. The model also factors in fuel availability, regulatory timelines and the net growth in the world fleet, amongst other things.

DNV stresses that this is not an optimisation model trying to predict the optimal choices for the world fleet, but a model that aims to simulate the most likely outcomes amongst a multitude of technology options and preferences in an environment of uncertainty.

An analysis of fuel choices predicts that between 10 and 15 per cent of the newbuildings delivered up to 2020 will have the capacity for burning LNG as fuel. This equates to about 1,000 ships, with larger vessels benefitting more from using LNG than smaller vessels.

Furthermore, a gas-fuelled engine can be justified if a ship spends about 30 per cent of its sailing time in ECAs. In 2020, the number of ships using LNG will increase significantly with the introduction of a global sulphur limit.

“Incorrect investment decisions could be devastating for individual shipowners and collectively they could impact negatively on the environment as well,” said DNV president Tor Svensen.

“This model gives shipowners a clear technology and market context to work in, with the opportunity for targeted analysis of individual ship profiles. Shipowners’ costs will increase sharply in 2020 when even more stringent air emissions regulations take effect. It will be unfamiliar territory for us all as the fuel market adjusts.”

“The investment decisions made over the next few years will be critical preparation for this time and DNV is dedicated to ensuring that the industry as a whole is ready and able to make the correct decisions to ensure responsible environmental stewardship that also makes good business sense.”

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