Final project workshop: Sulphur challenges and solutions

Date and time: Tuesday June 6, 2017, 10:00-16.00

Venue: DTU, Anker Engelunds Vej 1, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Building 101, Room S9.

The main objective of the RoRoSECA project has been to identify and assess possible technical, operational, regulatory and financial measures for the mitigation and reversal of the negative repercussions of environmental legislation to the market shares of RoRo shipping in Northern Europe.

The results of the project was presented at the final workshop June 6.

You are welcome to download the presentations - click on the name of the presenter to do so.





Welcome statements

Harilaos N. Psaraftis, project manager RoRoSECA
Mette Sanne Hansen, Maritime DTU
Carsten Melchiors, Danish Maritime Fund


Harilaos Psaraftis, DTU Management Engineering: Project overview


Thalis Zis, George Panagakos, Jacob Kronbak, DTU: Main results of RoRoSECA project


Poul Woodall, DFDS: Navigating across the regulatory patchwork


Peter OlsenDanish Shipping: On the competitiveness of short sea shipping


Lunch break


Carlos Alvarez-Cascos, Shipping Business Consultants, Spain: Addressing externalities in the Med Atlantic Ecobonus project


Christian Finnsgaard, SSPA and Johan Woxenius, Gothenburg University, Sweden: AIS analysis of current Short Sea Shipping - learning outcomes from the SloEuro project and current studies


Hannelore Peeters, DTU Chemical Engineering, Jens Moll-Elsborg, DTU Compute, Lina Christensen and Rasmus Korslund Schlander, DTU Mechanical Engineering (winners of the DTU SOx emissions innovation challenge): Three elements for an even playing field

Introduction by Maria Tammelin Gleerup, Polar DTU


Coffee break


Panel and audience discussion: The way ahead


Anne Katrine Bjerregaard, Green Ship of the Future
Dorte Kubel, Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Helle Knudsen, DanishShipping
Julie Raffaillac, French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea
Valdemar Ehlers, Danish Maritime

Moderator: Harilaos N. Psaraftis, DTU


End of workshop


About the project

Before the introduction of new limits for the content of sulphur in marine fuels within the European Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) as of 1/1/2015, there was wide concern that Ro-Ro and other short sea shipping companies operating in these SECAs would face substantial additional costs, which would put their routes and services at risk. In fact some companies shut down some of their routes, in anticipation of the new regime. IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI and EU Directive 2012/33/EU (amending Council Directive 1999/32/EC) stipulate, among other things, a 0.1% limit in the sulphur content of marine fuels, or equivalent measures (such as scrubbers) limiting the percent of SOx emissions to the same amount. As low-sulphur fuel (Marine Gas Oil-MGO or Marine Diesel Oil-MDO) is substantially more expensive than Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO), there is little or no room within the Ro-Ro companies current margins to absorb such additional cost. Unlike its deep-sea counterpart, in short-sea shipping a freight rate increase may induce shippers to use land-based alternatives (mainly road). A reverse shift of cargo would go against the EU policy to shift traffic from land to sea to reduce congestion, and might ultimately (under certain circumstances) increase the overall level of CO2 emissions along the entire supply chain.

The significant and largely not anticipated drop in fuel prices after mid-2014 alleviated and to some extent masked the impact of the new legislation. Still, and as fuel prices can rise again, the same questions and concerns pertain. After two years of research, and in collaboration with DFDS, the RoRoSECA project developed a set of tools that can help both Ro-Ro companies and policy makers address the following issues (among others):

  • What is the economic impact of the new legislation?
  • What is the environmental impact of the new legislation?
  • What may be possible modal shifts?
  • What measures can the Ro-Ro operator take to mitigate and reverse the situation?
  • What policy measures are deemed the most appropriate?