Alternative Fuels Usage in Maritime Transportation System

The project will consist of two major components: An engineering analysis of vessel characteristics (University of Delaware), and A market assessment of the potential technology, infrastructure and regulatory conditions (Marshall University). The engineering analysis will provide the basis for understanding demand considerations such as volume of fuel, capital investments required for conversion, and necessary savings for feasibility of alternative fuel use. The market analysis will further inform conditions either inhibiting or facilitating market development for alternative fuels, and will employ a survey of key stakeholders, a scan of relevant state and federal policies and regulations, and appropriate case studies from Europe where liguified natural gas/compressed natural gas (LNG/CNG) adoption has taken place. The goals of the project are to: (1) characterize the demand for alternative fuels in maritime shipping (University of Delaware), which includes assessing fleet volume, technological and engineering requirements for vehicle conversion, and environmental impacts of vessel conversation such as emissions; and (2) characterize the market structure for alternative fuels (Marshall University), including infrastructure for transport, storage and fueling and regulatory and policy considerations. Potential Implementation includes fleet conversion to alternative fuel usage. Expected benefits and impacts include the project informing the feasibility of implementing alternative fuels within Region III for maritime shipping, highlighting barriers to adoption and potential solutions.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    VCTIR (Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research)

    530 Edgemont Rd.
    Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903-2454
  • Project Managers:

    Parkany, Emily

  • Performing Organizations:

    Marshall University, Huntington

    College of Information Technology and Engineering
    One John Marshall Drive
    Huntington, WV  United States  25755

    University of Delaware, Newark

    Department of Civil Engineering
    301 DuPont Hall
    Newark, DE  United States  19716
  • Principal Investigators:

    Corbett, James

    Shand, Jennifer

  • Start Date: 20150101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20151231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37245

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01566138
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC33
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2015 1:01AM