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Friday, December 10, 2021 

According to Stream Maritime Training (SMT), shipping companies under pressure to cut emissions by 50% by 2050 will struggle to find alternative energy sources that completely reduce their carbon footprint.

World leaders at the recent COP26 Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, called on industries including maritime, which accounts for about 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, to help tackle climate change. The task is huge, with alternative energy sources such as hydrogen still leaving a carbon footprint because of how they are produced, according to Tony In’t Hout, SMT Director and specialist consultant to shipping companies that plan to adopt alternative, greener fuels. The global maritime training provider says it is playing its part by educating companies about the shipping fuels revolution.

In't Hout said: “The maritime industry plays a vital role in addressing the global climate change crisis, by supporting movement of world trade in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Making companies around the globe aware of how to handle new power sources and cargos safely and effectively requires a new generation of highly skilled seafarers, which is where we come in. As experts in new fuels, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen and ammonia, battery-powered technologies and everything from engineering to cargo handling of these products, we are the first port of call for any shipping company.”

In’t Hout said that with energy sources and fuel technology constantly evolving, seafarers need to understand how to operate passenger ships, ferries and car carriers loaded with battery operated vehicles that run on LNG or hydrogen.

SMT believes it was the first company to run courses on LNG and hydrogen awareness for shipping majors across all sectors including cruise, ferry, cargo, ship builders and salvage. Many seafarers working in the new fuels technology industry have been trained by SMT.

SMT CEO Martin White said: “This gives them the knowledge and expertise to work safely on vessels carrying or powered by greener energy sources that will help shipping meet the mammoth goal of achieving zero emissions by 2025.”

In recent months, SMT has launched the ‘Training and Competency for Alternative Fuels and Systems’ course to educate maritime workers and management. Candidates are taught what it means to leave a carbon footprint and about the safety precautions for working with new energy sources such as hydrogen.

In't Hout added: “Another thing we teach is the dangers of using hydrogen. It has two molecules of water that will burn if the temperature goes above 2,400 degrees. When that happens, you get pure hydrogen which is highly flammable – a real threat to crew on a vessel if a fire breaks out. The reason being that a hydrogen fire will keep fuelling itself, making it extremely difficult to put out.”

While reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050 is a huge task, SMT says it contributes to the cause by teaching maritime professionals about new and alternative fuels and systems.

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