Publication of a new assessment of zero and low-emission marine fuels

UCL Energy Institute PhD researcher, Colin Robertshawand P&I Club of Shipowners have written a new report assessing potential future marine fuels.

The report examines 13 fuels, including methanol, ammoniaand hydrogenand evaluates them against key criteria, including operational safety, environment, operational use and fuel production characteristics.

The release of the report comes as the industry begins to consider alternatives to petroleum-based bunkers in order to eliminate GHG emissions.

“The report will be a key point of reference for shipowners and operators when evaluating investments in any of the thirteen fuels considered in the study, ranging from biofuels to electrofuels,” UCL said in a note accompanying the publication of the report.

“Evaluation of each fuel includes personnel risk, vessel risk, environmental risk, applicable regulations, training requirements, fuel characteristics, production methods, transport states , interchangeability, durability issues, fuel availability and adoption trends.”

The report is available free of charge via the Shipowner’s P&I Club website here:

“While the adoption of alternative fuels within the maritime industry is fundamental to achieving IMO decarbonisation targets, information for commercial operators on their practical implications is lacking,” Robertshaw said.

“This position paper is intended to provide some of that information by summarizing the performance aspects of potential alternative fuels in relation to each other, thereby highlighting areas that require further consideration by all interested parties.”