On February 19th, Wagenborg was present at the ‘Looking back from 2050’ symposium, organized by the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI) and the Study Association William Froude. During this symposium, energy opportunities for a future-proof maritime industry were discussed. Also from Wagenborg perspective a preview to the year 2050 was given.

Emission reductions required

In the year 2050 the global shipping industry is allowed to emit about half of the green-house gas emissions compared to 2008 values. Also the carbon intensity have to be decreased with 70%. To achieve these targets, alternative and sustainable fuels are needed. Fuels in which energy can be stored. Unfortunately, these kind of sustainable fuels are not available yet.

Assessing alternative fuels

As the legislation and regulations on harmful emissions become increasingly stringent, the proportion of alternative fuels is increasing. Switching to an alternative fuel is not something you can do overnight. It’s important to assess all kinds of alternative fuels at an early stage for a possible application subject to the current and future regulations. That means considering financial aspects such as the price of the fuel, the necessary investment costs, and the operating costs. The infrastructure and availability of the fuel will also be a significant factor for a globally operating shipping company such as Wagenborg. And it’s also important to consider the properties of each type of fuel, for example its energy density and environmental impact.

Optimal vessel designs and operational efficiency

However, to make progress on this subject, Wagenborg is nowadays optimizing operational efficiency and her vessel designs. By adequate weather routing and just in time berthing, voyages can be executed in the most fuel efficient way. Combined with new vessel designs with improved bow-shapes and optimized propulsion system, the required amount of energy per transport work will reduce significantly.

Egbert Wagenborg

A good example is the m.v. Egbert Wagenborg, which was taken into service 2017. This type of vessel, dubbed ‘Easymax’, has a load capacity of 14,300 tonnes and a hold capacity of 625,000 cubic feet. The combination of that large load capacity and an extremely low fuel consumption of the 2.999kW main engine makes this type of vessel a leader in its segment in terms of sustainability.

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