As the maritime industry begins navigating its way to decarbonisation, shipowners face challenges in finding the ideal zero-carbon fuel for their purposes. But with a lack of bunkering infrastructure creating a major hurdle for many of these alternative fuel options, interest in nuclear power generation is on the increase.

Shipowners are facing difficult choices when deciding on their future newbuild strategy. Committing to a zero-carbon fuel today comes with the very real risk that the future bunkering infrastructure might not be properly developed where the vessel will trade. But what if you could build a vessel that doesn’t need to refuel for 25 years and could still sail at a higher service speed than normal despite more stringent emission requirements?

This could become a reality – a new type of nuclear-powered vessel is on the horizon, using the Molten Salt Reactor (MSR).

Experts on the nuclear option: Q&A

For generations, nuclear power has produced reliable electric power around the world but has also attracted bad press regarding concerns on safety and nuclear waste handling. To find out more about the safety and sustainability of MSR technology, we spoke to Mikal Bøe (M), CEO of Core Power UK Ltd and Edmund Hughes PhD (E) of Green Marine Associates, previously a member of the IMO Secretariat before setting up an independent consultancy that focuses on the decarbonisation of shipping.

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