Workshop on Alternate Fuels for Ferries and Other Vessels
At the time of the Workshop the Maritime Administration’s Division of Advanced Technology, Office of Shipbuilding and Marine Technology, was formulating a five-year plan to accelerate the use of economical, low air emission, marine power plants in the U.S. inland and coastal waters. This action was based on new environmental regulations, new technologies, and a growing industry need. To aid in the formulation of the five-year plan, the Maritime Administration, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration, hosted a two-day workshop in the San Francisco area to explore the potential for using alternative fuels aboard marine vessels. The Workshop took place at the Naval Air Station Officers Club and Conference Center in Alameda, CA. The objective of the Workshop was to identify the potential to reduce marine air emissions with alternative fuels and the inherent challenges of doing so.
Below is the agenda from the Workshop and a list of the presentations given. The information can be viewed by clicking on the individual titles.
First Session - Emission Concerns and the Potential for Natural Gas Marine Engines
- Trends in International, Federal and Local Marine Emission Regulations by James J. Corbett, PhD., University of Delaware
- California Marine Emission Issues by Jackie Lourenco, California Air Resources Board
- Evolution of Bay Area Ferry Plans and Environmental Issues by Ian Austin, PhD.,USR Corp
- Present and Future Emission Prospects for Diesel and Natural Gas Fueled Marine Engines by Neil Blythe, Former Chairman of Environment Committee – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - Internal Combustion Engine Division
Second Session - International Experience with Natural Gas Ferries/Vessels
- Norwegian LNG Ferry Experiences and Views of Future Developments by Per Magne Einang, Marintek
- Canadian Dual Fuel Vessel Experiences and Views of Future Development by Ralph Marwood, Marine Design Associates
- United Kingdom LNG Fast Ferry Program and Challenges by Paulo Bernardes-Silva, Iguana Seacraft
Third Session - Economic, Regulatory and Logistic Issues
- USCG Policy Development Regarding Shipboard Natural Gas Utilization by Lt Robb Wilcox, United States Coast Guard
- Shoreside Considerations for Natural Gas Fueling by Norm Stone, Pacific Gas and Electric
- Economic Incentives for Alternative Fueled Vessels Carl Moyer, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ), Emission Credit Trading, Tax Credits, Legislation etc. by Mike Jackson, A.D. Little Inc.
Fourth Session - Other Alternative Fuels and Technologies
- Other Alternative Fuels, Fuel Cells and Other Transit Mode Alternative Fuel Experiences by John Boesel, CALSTART
- Hydrogen Rich Fischer-Tropsch Fuel (Synthetic Diesel from Natural Gas) by Venkat Venkataraman, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
- Marine Demonstration of Off-The-Shelf Fuel Cell Technology by Bill Cratty, Sure Power Inc
Fifth Session - Developing a Framework for the Future
- Vessel Operator Desires for New Technology Demonstrations by Captain David Clark, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
- Opportunities for Low Air Emission Marine Power Plant Demonstrations by Larry Watkins, South Coast Air Quality Management District
- Low Air Emission Strategies at the Port of Houston by Laura Fiffick, Port of Houston