Lloyd's List Americas Awards & Forum
Wednesday 25 September 2019
JW Marriott Downtown, HoustonView the winners Shortlist
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This year the Lloyd’s List Americas awards will be combined with a unique content forum focusing on Future Fuels, allowing you to join the discussion whilst celebrating excellence and networking opportunities.
Future Fuels Forum Overview
This forum will take a pragmatic, unemotional perspective of what has been an emotive discussion. Shipping’s leaders need to understand what’s coming, not only over the next decade but in the decades after that. This will provide insight, networking with experts, and challenge existing views.
How ships are to be fuelled in the near term and the longer term has been under discussion for many years, however the need to reassess our attitudes to fuel has become more urgent with the rise up the agenda of climate change. With just three months to go before the transition from 3.5% sulfur to 0.5% sulfur fuels, this forum is the last chance to air concerns about the way the transition will take place. Meanwhile, with the year 2020 marks a significant milestone on the journey to an emissions-reduced shipping industry, this forum seeks to separate the reality from the myth.
Panel 1: Risks still in play in fuelling the shipping industry
The International Maritime Organization’s MEPC subcommittee has been firm in its commitment to transitioning to a low-sulfur fuel environment on January 1st 2020 – no ifs, no buts. The industry has spent the past year working towards compliance with this tight deadline, exploring the option of scrubbers, compliant fuels, alternative fuels such as LNG or biofuels and, for some uses, battery technology. The vast majority of merchant vessels will burn lower-sulfur fuel, so the questions focus now on quality, availability, and cost.
What issues are likely to emerge in the early months after the transition? The option of an ‘experience-building phase’ was quickly blocked: how should implementation be handed and by which agencies? What are the legal and technical concerns expected to be thrown up? Will blending present problems, and will crews be held responsible when emissions go above the stipulated level.
This panel begins by taking the temperature of the merchant shipping sector in the months ahead of transition, and asks experts for their insight into how IMO 2020 will play out.
over shipping’s impact on the environment won’t end on January 1st,
2020 with the global sulfur cap or even with a broader extension of Sulfur
Emission Control Areas. Maritime will experience an energy revolution over the
next three decades as the combination of new technology, cleaner fuels, and
This panel will ask:
· What charter party concerns have lawyers identified?
· What happens when specific fuel types are not available?
· How do bunker suppliers see this transition?
· Who will be legally responsible for lack of compliance?
The United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals will have a significant impact on the way shipping works, if for no other reason than the world believes shipping is a major polluter. Reducing carbon dioxide from emissions is an important consideration: MEPC last year adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships, setting out a vision to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions from international shipping and phase them out, as soon as possible in this century.
What will a decarbonised maritime industry look like, and what are the steps needed to get there? How will US Gulf businesses help to guide that pathway, with the support of regulators, lawyers, insurers, the bunker business – and the media? An industry that fails to plan for the future will, sooner or later, be forced into uncomfortable change.
This panel will hear the current position, assess the long-term ambition, and weigh up some of the options available to help get there. It will discuss whether shipping can continue on its existing trajectory or whether it will only be able to meet its targets by beginning the change today.
This panel will ask:
· What is the position with shipping’s emissions as we enter 2020?
· Where is shipping expected to be in terms of emissions by 2050?
· What’s the timeline for change and how will shipping respond?
· What do the experts believe are the realities and what are fantasies?
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