MSC says that LNG is not a viable option because of limited bunkering facilities

Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Group EVP for Maritime Policy & Government Affairs Bud Darr, said at Hansa Forum held in Hamburg last week that liquefied natural gas (LNG) was not a viable option for itself because there were only a limited number of LNG bunkering facilities available at ports.

At the forum, which focused on what would happen after 2020, Darr said in his keynote speech that shipowners face many challenges in meeting the various long-term environmental goals that they had been set.

He reported that MSC had opted for a combination of compliant low-sulphur fuels and hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers capable of open and closed loops) in order to comply with the new limits. He revealed that MSC recently completed a programme to retrofit more than 250 ships in its existing fleet with the latest green technologies, cutting about 2m tons of CO2 emissions each year.

“We have invested extensively in the latest low-carbon technologies, such as new energy-efficient propellers and bows to reduce fuel consumption and therefore improve our energy efficiency,” Darr said.

Darr warned that there was no “one size fits all” solution to decarbonize the shipping industry, and that a diverse range of solutions would be required to enable the sector to meet low-carbon ambitions by 2050.