The energy transition involves complex challenges but also opportunities for the maritime cluster. This is what Mattia Canevari, member of the Assarmatori Ship Technology, Maritime Safety & Environment Commission and Energy Manager of GNV, argued during the afternoon session of “Sea Future 2021”, an event that took place in La Spezia.
The transition to zero-carbon fuels, said Mr. Canevari, is not an option but the only way to fight climate change. Shipowners are well aware of the situation, and since the IMO adopted in 1997 the first measures to reduce emissions, the entire maritime cluster has been committing huge resources to comply with the targets laid down at the international level.
However, Mr. Canevari pointed out that “we must always bear in mind that the transition to less polluting fuels is determined by their availability on a large scale. As long as this is not guaranteed, we will have to endure with transitional fuels such as LNG.”. This is why it is so crucial that investments related to the fleet renewal go alongside with the deployment of LNG infrastructures and with shore power programmes in Italian ports. These measures are included in the PNRR and in the complementary fund linked to it.