Marine renewable fuels are beginning to attract a great deal of attention just like sustainable aviation fuel has done. Why is that? Much of the world’s oil supply contains about one-half percent of sulfur, which is known to cause respiratory and heart problems. For many years, price conscious ocean going vessels have been using the least expensive, but clearly dirtiest form of all fuels – bunker fuel. Unlike other industries like the aviation industry, the maritime and shipping industry has been historically somewhat non-responsive to the use of renewable fuels. However, it appears that regulations that began in 2020, have started to change this. The International Maritime Organization has clearly recognized the health and climate difficulties posed by the sulfur content in marine fuels, and beginning in 2020, new regulations were implemented that require that the sulfur content of the bunker fuel on ships be below 0.5%. To put this in perspective, one should note that in 2015, the marine industry average was 2.45% – almost five times too high under the new standards!
As these new regulations are implemented, the question is how ships will comply. In making this transition to cleaner fuel, it does appear that some are finally beginning to examine the prospects for blending renewable fuels. For those that don’t consider this option, a dilemma is sure to arise as the only other apparent choice will be to blend this bunker fuels at a 1:3 ratio with the cleaner type fuels currently used in automotive diesel. It appears that the time has come for the maritime industry to get serious about renewable alternatives.
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