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  1. GhostriderIII

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    Yes, you read it right. It's just around the corner - that high - not by speculators as in previous years. It's caused by the IMO requiring ultra low diesel fuel for ships.
    http://law.emory.edu/ecgar/content/...nternational-sulfur-emissions-regulation.html

    There's only a couple of choices for commercial operators like myself. a) Sell out; b) convert to gasoil; c) convert to LNG; d) put scrubbers in place.
    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Prices/The-Regulation-That-Could-Push-Oil-To-200.html

    The only thing attractive is converting to LNG. Halter Marine just delivered a ConRo ship to Crowley this year powered by LNG.
    https://www.workboat.com/news/bluew...ivery-of-first-lng-conro-ship-from-vt-halter/

    Princess Cruises just ordered two new dual fueled ships from Italian builder Fincanteiri https://www.travelpulse.com/news/cruise/princess-orders-two-lng-powered-ships.html

    Our choice will be to simply spend the money for an LNG tug - most likely built by Sanmar
    http://sanmartugboat.com/lng-tugboats/

    What will you other commercial operators do?
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    I will enjoy the glut bringing the price back to $50.00 or less....been there done that..
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    35 years ago I drove a 3/4 ton chevy truck that was outfitted for duel fuels, gasoline and propane. A simple flip of a toggle switch is all it took and you could switch either way on the fly. There was a slight power loss on propane. Propane is liquid at ambient temperatures and reasonable pressures (~125 psi). LNG is liquid at one atmosphere (14.6 psi) but at a cryogenic temperature of minus -260 F. Propane doesn't require insulated tanks and is widely available right now.
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    I drove an LP/gasoline powered truck up until 1995. Mileage wasn't anything to brag about, but it was the cleanest burning truck I owned. It's still out there working. For BIG ships, LP won't work well enough to convert to. But LNG will.
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    LP was actually pretty prevalent in the 80s and early 90s. There were garages around that did nothing but conversions to LP. A lot of commercial vehicles were jumping on the bandwagon. Minimal if any road taxes were applied. Then big brother decided that it needed to be taxed and that was the end of it. It died a death and very few people use it now.
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