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The Future of Marine Propulsion: “Reading the Propulsion Crystal Ball”

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The marine industry is headed into a period of uncertainty as both environmental restrictions and rising fuel prices simultaneously converge unlike any time in its past. Yet at the same time, innovations in propulsion solutions have allowed the industry to keep pace with demands thus far, as the demand signal continues for both efficient propulsion designs as well as lower overall emissions. The growing calls for environmental compliance, and its origins will be examined, as well as solutions that will reduce propulsion emissions. New regulations and fuels with lower sulfur content will require reconfiguration of the propulsion plants. This paper primarily discusses both the background of the challenges that the industry will be facing as well as available solutions. Both the marine industry as well as the military will be reviewed.

Keywords: emmisions reduction; environmental compliance; proplusion

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.47.5.14

Publication date: 2013-09-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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