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Propulsion Systems meeting the future decarbonisation scheme beyond 2030

On 14th September, Cyprus Marine Club held its summer event at newly renovated Gazebo Mare Beach Bar.

Cyprus Marine Club had the honor to host Mr. Antonios Trakakis, Technical Director at RINA Hellas.  Mr. Trakakis has an extensive experience with all regular and irregular matters involved with the technical  operations of a shipping company, as well as wit the newbuilding projects, sea trails and factory testing of engines. He has studied extensively the challenges and benefits associated with the application of natural gas as fuel. During the Members  gathering,  Mr. Antonios Trakakis talked about “Propulsion Systems meeting the future decarbonization scheme beyond 2030”, providing feedback on new innovative technologies, which are presently under development by RINA and renowned manufacturers. Mr. A. Trakakis with his congenial, appealing way, effortlessly managed to attract the attention of every single member and guest of Cyprus Marine Club.

Shipping has received a mandate to substantially reduce by mid of century the GHG emissions emitted on board ships, and fully decarbonize soon afterwards. This challenge allows an expanded range of fuel options and new approaches to ship propulsion.

Class society RINA, in close co-operation with technology provider Wärtsilä, have proposed a new concept which relies on the selection of LNG as fuel and a propulsion arrangement which features a twin engine concept, each of them in the role of total mover, covering both propulsion and el.power needs.

As fuel , LNG allows to start today the path towards decarbonization, since it is abundantly available, affordable (has low cost) and widely acceptable by the society (it involves no health risks). It offers the ultimate fuel flexibility as it can mix and burn in an engine together with any zero carbon fuel that will dominate in the future, thus being either in liquid r gaseous state.

The engine arrangement offers unsurpassed redundancy and by removing – together with LNG, most of the risks that shipping is commonly exposed to today, it strongly enhances safety. In current market speeds, it achieves an EEDI that exceeds the IMO requirements for 2030, and comes with min opex (fuel consumption) and capex (extra cost). All together ensure a high resale value for the ship,and provide all necessary grounds for a safe investment.

Capt. Koch, in his speech, thanked and welcomed  Members and Guests , shared current membership numbers  and announced schedule with next CMC events :1.)  Wine and Dine Event on Sept. 25th, 2. ) 3rd CMC Interview with Key Shipping Personality – Guest: Mr. Polys Hajioannou-  Oct. 19th  and 3.) Steamship Mutual Cyprus presentation  Nov. 16th.  More details to be announced soon.

The Cyprus Marine Club embraces and encourages a plethora of maritime industry stakeholders for friendly membership.  Ship Owners, Ship Managers, Crew Managers, Service Providers & Suppliers, Agents, Terminal Operators, Legal and Financial and more, come together with a focused effort to promote and celebrate the Cyprus maritime industry and share experiences.