ABS finds dual-fuel newbuilds have decarbonisation advantage over conversions

ABS finds dual-fuel newbuilds have decarbonisation advantage over conversions
Last week, ABS launched its simulation decarbonisation service

A new study by ABS has found that a newbuild, dual-fuel gas carrier vessel generates lower CO2 emissions over the course of its operational life than an existing gas carrier converted to dual-fuel operations.

The study was based on data from the Avance Gas Holding (AGH) fleet. ABS compared potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between a newbuild, dual-fuel very large gas carrier (VLGC) and conversion of two AGH VLGCs over 20- and 25-year life cycles, including decommissioning.

The findings suggest conversion increases emission intensity by between 13.7 and 32.6 per cent over new construction. “Decarbonisation pathways are highly complex and challenging to evaluate how to produce the best strategy for reducing the GHG footprint over the lifetime of assets. These decisions matter both to the operational performance of shipping companies and to the environment, as well as to further investments as we embrace carbon economics. So, we are proud to be able to assist forward-looking operators, such as AGH, with making sense of the challenges they face with bespoke studies that shine a light on the best investment strategy,” said Georgios Plevrakis, ABS director, global sustainability. “ABS is a global leader in this area and is working with leading operators all over the world to develop decarbonisation pathways that deliver the best outcome for their fleets.”