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Alternative Fuels for Fishing Vessels

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Goldsworthy, LC, Alternative Fuels for Fishing Vessels, Fisherise Research and development Corporation, 2007/200 (2007) [Contract Report]


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Copyright 2007 Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

Official URL: http://www.frdc.com.au

Abstract

The primary purpose of this project was to assist the Australian fishing industry to achieve reduced fuel costs, greater fuel security and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Those with most to gain are enterprises where large volumes of fuel energy are consumed. Most States have several trawl fisheries, and trawling is recognised as fuel hungry fishing method. However, passive fishing methods also have the potential to consume large quantities of fuel, especially when vessels need to travel at high speeds over great distances. Even aquaculture operations have something to gain, especially where tender vessels are used in towing cages, feeding programs and general farm management. Based on an estimate of 270 million litres of fuel being consumed in Australian fisheries, a conservative 5% saving in fuel costs could yield a benefit of the order of $13.5 million dollars per annum. A secondary benefit, yet no less important, is the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that comes with reducing fuel consumption and the adoption of alternative fuels such as natural gas or biofuels. Thus, the project aimed to evaluate alternative fuels suited to fishing vessels for reduction of fuel costs and, if possible, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:diesel engine, fuel consumption, thermal efficiency, alternative fuel, natural gas, LNG,LPG, ethanol, biodiesel, fish oil, fish waste, MGO, MDO
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Automotive Engineering
Research Field:Automotive Combustion and Fuel Engineering (incl. Alternative/Renewable Fuels)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Wild Caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - Wild Caught not elsewhere classified
Author:Goldsworthy, LC (Dr Laurie Goldsworthy)
ID Code:58545
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2009-10-13
Last Modified:2009-10-14
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