On the road towards decarbonization, different fuels have been introduced into the shipping world. However, to define the most adequate fuel and engine options is not an easy task. Many factors influence in such choice, as engine and fuel costs, fuel availability and total emissions, besides the difficulties in comparing such figures among different fuels.
Considering such complexity, Maritat was developed as a fuel analysis tool for the maritime industry dedicated to alternative fuels assessment. The tool presents not only a description of costs, but also a feasible emission estimation for each fuel option considered, serving as a basis for decision-making on the introduction of alternative fuels. Emissions, costs and necessary ship adaptations are quantified in order to build a comprehensive scenario of the fuel and engine options selected by the user.
Maritat was designed to be flexible and works with a totally editable database, giving the user the possibility to adapt the fuel and engine characteristics to particular scenarios or to more detailed information provided by suppliers. Such flexibility allows the tool to incorporate new technologies and updated information regarding costs and performance, which is useful in a field under constant development.