The Alternative Fuels for Fishing Vessels (AFFV) consortium has made moves to begin researching the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel aboard fishing vessels, LNG World News reports.
The group, whose partners include Wärtsilä Netherlands and Netherlands-based CIV Den Oever, said that it had chosen three ships from Ekofish Group, Zeevisserijbedrijf P.A. Baaij en Zn. and Maaskant Shipyards to research different methods of integrating both LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel.
Pieter 't Hart, director of maritime consultant Koers & Vaart said that the results would be compared to low sufur marine diesel oil.
Research would also expand to not only beam trawlers, but also methods such as twinrigging and flyshooting, he said.
The project is supported by BluePort North-West Netherlands and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Research is slated to last until December 2015.