Last year the global orderbook for Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled ships practically tripled in number: orders were placed for about 100 units, according to DNV GL. The shipping consultancy firm also pointed out that there are currently 208 units in the LNG-powered orderbook, including 43 container ships and 53 tankers.
Despite these impressive figures, however, DNV GL points out that the limited availability of appropriate bunkering facilities in ports seriously compromises the spread of LNG as the best solution for meeting the IMO 2020 requirements.
Many shipowners prefer to start substantial retrofitting programmes and invest in exhaust gas cleaning systems. By 2023 – says DNV GL – the fleet of ships equipped with scrubbers should increase to 3881 units.
Translation by Giles Foster