Can 'green ammonia' be the future marine fuel?
The IMO’s emissions reduction targets for 2030 and 2050 have set the stage for all marine fuel candidates to bag the title of ‘carbon-efficient fuel’. LNG and LPG are the front-runners, thanks to their well-established markets and low sulphur content. However, with the evolution of decarbonisation goals, their position is challenged by new greener fuels such as hydrogen and green ammonia.26 Feb 2021: US cold blast pulls LPG shipping rates further down
LPG shipping is expected to face more headwinds in 2021 after a volatile first two months of the year. As we move deeper into 1Q21, China’s LPG demand has resumed after the Lunar Holidays in early February, aiding the plunging rates to find some floor. However, the cold wave in the US and further production cuts in the Middle East will squeeze LPG supply in 1H21; this will put downward pressure on LPG shipping rates. 18 Jan 2021: LNG market riding high, but will the gains continue?
The LNG market started 2021 on a high note with Asian spot prices crossing $30 per MMBtu while LNG shipping rates recorded a high $350k per day due to freezing temperatures and tight vessel supply. However, the current market conditions are poles apart from the supply-demand fundamentals with the market slated to be in super-backwardation.
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