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Green fuels create the need to train 700,000 seafarers, Alibra estimates

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The founder of Novamaxis highlights the knowledge gap among crew tasked with implementing energy transition.

A report prepared by UK shipbroker Alibra Shipping highlighted that 700,000 crew members need training in how to work with these new bunkers.

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The founder of Novamaxis highlights the knowledge gap among crew tasked with implementing energy transition

There is a “huge” knowledge gap among seafarers expected to handle potentially dangerous low-carbon fuels, a shipping expert has warned.

A report prepared by UK shipbroker Alibra Shipping highlighted that 700,000 crew members need training in how to work with these new bunkers.

Peter Schellenberger, founder of maritime consultancy Novamaxis pointed out that training firms are preparing courses on how to handle toxic substances like ammonia.

But the consultant added: “Of course, there will be additional costs for owners/managers and the struggle between managers and principals will continue because of the need for continuous upgrading and the debate about who will pay for this.”

“This increases the need for meaningful online courses and ship/company-specific programmes, even digital twin efforts in the future. New skills will have to be certified and well-documented in the seafarers’ data set and documents for easy verification,” he said.

By Gary Dixon (London)

(Originally published at Tradewindsnews.com – 30 May 2024)