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Shipping needs to build cross-sector influence on decarbonisation, says BV President

Bureau Veritas’s President Marine & Offshore, Matthieu de Tugny, has highlighted the need for cross-sector collaboration for the shipping industry to manage its decarbonisation destiny effectively.

Speaking on World Maritime Day, de Tugny stressed the need for the shipping industry to be both pragmatic and ambitious in securing a future ‘in which shipping meets its decarbonisation targets…’

In facing the challenge of decarbonising shipping, de Tugny said: ‘We now have to find ways to work across sectors, with governments and all stakeholders to build influence and get results.’

He added: ‘There are some great initiatives out there now – The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, the Global Maritime Forum and the Getting to Zero Coalition for example – and we should all be encouraged to work with whoever we can to help get results, but reaching beyond shipping has to be prioritised.’

While ambition based on collaboration will be key, Bureau Veritas says the current division of camps into pro-LNG as fuel and anti-LNG illustrates that there is also a need for pragmatism – a necessity to understand that the decarbonisation of shipping needs multiple pathways.

Moreover, zero carbon deep sea shipping, the class society said, needs the development of a renewable energy-based hydrogen industry from which suitable fuels like ammonia or methanol can be derived for ship propulsion.

‘But every revolution starts with pragmatic first steps,’ said de Tugny. ‘We can take these steps now.’

He continued: ‘We have the lowest order-book in over 30 years. At some point we will see a resurgence of orders. If that happens soon, gas is the cleanest, available option, probably for a decade – at least.

‘We must not lose sight of our net-zero targets, and develop alternative fuels and propulsion systems but, equally, we need to take the opportunities available today. The new 2-stroke LNG engines entering service now have a completely different, and ever-improving, emissions profile to the medium speed, 4-stroke engines that have been in use for most gas fuelled ships to date in ferry and offshore applications, but which are also now improving,’ said de Tugny.

As Bunkerspot previously reported, in December 2019, Bureau Veritas co-founded the Coalition for Maritime Environmental and Energy Transition, which was created by the French Maritime Cluster to define ‘a 2050 vision for maritime environmental and energy transition’. 

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry