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Ships built before 2020 are likely to remain in the fleet until around 2045, and new low-or zero-carbon fuels are unlikely to be available at scale for some time. Therefore the efficiency of these existing vessels will need to be upgraded. That was one of the conclusions agreed upon by panelists at the Marintec Innovation webinar titled ‘Defining the Path to Decarbonisation.’
Existing vessels will likely generate about half of the shipping’s total emissions between 2020 and 2050. Therefore, retrofitting carbon-reducing technologies will be essential, and IMO’s EEXI and CII regulations, due to enter force in January, will accelerate this process.
The IMO’s January regulations will incentivize owners of existing ships to improve efficiency. And high fuel prices are another factor. Though unpopular with shipowners and their customers, expensive fuels mean shorter payback periods on capital investments.
Panelists also discussed the importance of the ‘connected ship’ and particularly the smart ship/smart port connection at the conference. Digital technology was a key enabler for an entirely new level of monitoring so that personnel at sea and ashore could be supported in optimizing voyage planning on a dynamic basis. New digital technologies, such as just-in-time arrivals, are adopted for maximum fuel economy.
It was also stressed that shipping companies have had access to huge amounts of data in the past but no means of processing it. Now, those systems are available.
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