Challenges and opportunities for LNG as a ship fuel source and an application to bunkering network optimisation

Aymelek, M. and Boulougouris, E. K. and Turan, O. and Konovessis, D. (2014) Challenges and opportunities for LNG as a ship fuel source and an application to bunkering network optimisation. In: Maritime Technology and Engineering - Proceedings of MARTECH 2014. CRC Press/Balkema, London, 767–776. ISBN 9781138027275

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Abstract

In this research paper we aim to establish a system approach framework to contribute to a better holistic comprehending about utilisation of LNG as a marine fuel source for deep sea container ships operating on the main liner shipping routes. We briefly touch on outlines of price and emission opportunities, as well as operational and safety challenges, and system adaptation stages of LNG bunkering for container ships. We demonstrate an LNG fuelled global marine container transport network model in order to meet requirements of bunkering operations, fleet utilisation and marine container transportation demand. Outcomes of this research will assist further developments of LNG bunkering based liner service operational strategies of deep sea container liner ship operators.