Ships are not what they used to be and utilise many cutting edge technologies in order to move more goods with fewer people using less fuel. Ships have carried gas as a cargo for half a century and the cryogenic technology is welll understood, how do we now apply that knowledge as we now use that same cargo as a propulsion and power generation fuel on board?
How do we handle a cryogenic fuel safely and reliably? What are the best ways to connect and disconnect systems? How do we make the most of the time a ship has in port? These are some of the many questions to answer and technology is not always about exotic materials or super sophisticated control systems but the careful balance of putting in place what is economically viable.
Other industries liquefy, transport and then supply gas in many forms, but when that gas is a fuel on board a ship things change. What can be learned from other industries in this respect and what is next for propulsion?
Ships have to be autonomous and super reliable both in terms of safety and availability but to allow the owner to focus on the business of transportation rather than the technology on board the asset is key.
At SGMF we are proud of the technology applied to maritime but not so constrained by shipping as to not embrace applicable technology from other industries to help make it happen.