DNV upgrades Alternative Fuels data platform

DNV has improved its Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) data platform with the addition of new fuel types, better fuel price monitoring supported by Argus, and a crowdsourcing feature to gain input from users.

“Our recent upgrade of the AFI platform is intended to promote cross-industry collaboration and provide greater visibility on alternative fuel uptake. Our aim is to facilitate business decision-making that will support our customers and the industry on the journey towards zero-carbon shipping,” said Kristian Hammer, Senior Consultant in DNV’s Maritime Advisory business.

“Comprehensive and up to date information on the entire value chain is necessary to support investments by shipowners in alternative fuels and facilitate the development of bunkering infrastructure by fuel suppliers.”

“We are further opening up the platform because collaboration and data transparency are essential in achieving cleaner, green shipping. As a digital and structured framework for collaboration and data sharing, we believe AFI can help the industry work together and take informed decisions. As we say about collaboration here at DNV, it is the fuel of the future.”

The AFI platform allows maritime stakeholders to evaluate and analyse alternative fuels and technologies for ships and bunkering facilities through the use of data visualisation tools.

The platform displays alternative fuel usage trends, including the number of vessels in operation, on order or contracted using said fuels. An overview of bunkering infrastructure and data insights into the various fuel technologies are also available.

The range of fuel types featuring on the platform has been expanded to include methanol, ammonia, hydrogen and LPG, in addition to the existing data on LNG, batteries and scrubbers.

Through collaboration with Argus on marine fuel prices, AFI’s fuel price module will now provide new information on alternative fuel prices on a weekly and monthly basis, with regional benchmarking for comparisons with conventional fuels.

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