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Workshop on Alternate Fuels for Ferries and Other Vessels – November 1/2 2000

At the time of the Workshop the Maritime Administration’s Division of Advanced Technology, Office of Shipbuilding and Marine Technology, was formulating a five-year plan to accelerate the use of economical, low air emission, marine power plants in the U.S. inland and coastal waters. This action was based on new environmental regulations, new technologies, and a growing industry need. To aid in the formulation of the five-year plan, the Maritime Administration, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration, hosted a two-day workshop in the San Francisco area to explore the potential for using alternative fuels aboard marine vessels. The Workshop took place at the Naval Air Station Officers Club and Conference Center in Alameda, CA. The objective of the Workshop was to identify the potential to reduce marine air emissions with alternative fuels and the inherent challenges of doing so.

Below is the agenda from the Workshop and a list of the presentations given. The information can be viewed by clicking on the individual titles.


First Session – Emission Concerns and the Potential for Natural Gas Marine Engines

Second Session – International Experience with Natural Gas Ferries/Vessels


Third Session – Economic, Regulatory and Logistic Issues

Fourth Session – Other Alternative Fuels and Technologies

Fifth Session – Developing a Framework for the Future