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Investing in fuel flexibility mitigates compliance and business risks

In the short term, ship owners can comply to IMO’s CO2 targets by optimising vessel operations and implementing efficiency-boosting technologies. But IMO's tough targets for 2030, 2040, and 2050 require extra effort. Switching to an alternative future fuel and investing in fuel flexibility immediately cut the carbon, SOx and NOx emissions. It will also achieve compliance with regulations such as EEXI.

When investigating a fuel conversion for an existing ship, there are five important considerations.

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The number of available fuels will increase

Investing in fuel flexibility and the combustion engine will mitigate compliance and business risks introduced by future fuels. There is no one single future fuel – there will be a whole variety of fuels in use. To power the shipping in the future, Wärtsilä is investigating wide range of fuels and developing a wide range of engine and fuel gas supply systems to help ship owners navigate the route to reduced GHG emissions – whatever fuels are chosen. 

Fuel conversions – complete systems regardless of fuel

Wärtsilä has the technology needed to use most future fuels today and development is on-going for others. We are also investing heavily in developing fuel conversion and retrofit solutions. There are already a variety of retrofit solutions that can be implemented on both 4-stroke and 2-stroke engines.

The only way an asset can return value beyond 2030 is if it can adapt to low-carbon and green fuels. Fuel flexibility is the key to enable this transition.

Stefan Nysjö, Vice President, Power Supply at Wärtsilä

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