We came across an interesting article on how the merchant shipping industry will be impacted by natural gas solutions.
As reported at NGVglobal.com, “Wärtsilä, Helsinki-based marine solutions and services provider, has successfully conducted full scale testing on gas of its low-speed 2-stroke dual-fuel engine and is now introducing a full new range of engines based on its established and well-proven low pressure technology.
The company says the engine is already being referred to as a game-changer for merchant shipping.”
“The application of natural gas as a widely accepted fuel for merchant shipping is likely to become a reality in the near future. The environmental benefits and attractive pricing that gas offers are expected to drive demand, with a resulting increase in market share for gas fuel.
By introducing low pressure 2-stroke DF engine technology, Wärtsilä is accelerating this major trend since it makes the application of gas as a marine fuel easier and safer for owners, operators and yards. Wärtsilä envisages that by 2020, more than a quarter of the ordered vessels could be designed to run on gas fuel.”