Together in Safety’s ‘Future Fuels Risk Assessment’ studies safety implications of methanol, LNG, hydrogen and ammonia

Operational scenarios used in cross-industry study to evaluate the risks of future fuels

As shipping moves to transition from existing energy sources, the industry must pro-actively develop standard safeguards and control measures for the deployment of future fuels. To facilitate this, ‘Together in Safety’, a non-regulatory shipping industry safety consortium, initiated the “Future Fuels Risk Assessment”, a cross-industry study with nine partners to evaluate potential operational risks of LNG, methanol, hydrogen and ammonia.

The collaborative study, which involved a series of hazard identification (HAZID) workshops across a set of operational scenarios based on a standard tanker design, found that of the four fuels reviewed, methanol poses the least overall risk, followed by LNG, hydrogen and ammonia.

The HAZID risk ratings of the fuels were assessed from a series of “What if” scenarios within four categories: navigation, external events, ship operations and bunkering.