SEA\LNG has released an independent study showing that LNG as a marine fuel delivers the best return on investment and is a competitive option for newbuild Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC) on Pacific and Atlantic trade lanes.
Peter Keller, chairman of the SEA\LNG, stated, “This is the second in a series of studies commissioned from independent simulation and analytics expert Opsiana. Similarly to the results of the liner investment case, this study shows that shipowners ordering PCTC newbuildings should take advantage of the environmental, operational and commercial benefits of LNG.”
The study considered two PCTC trading scenarios using a 6,500 Car Equivalent Unit (CEU) vessel on the Atlantic Trade and an 8,000 CEU vessel on the Pacific Trade. The study indicated that LNG as a marine fuel delivers the best return on investment on a net present value (NPV) basis over a conservative 10-year horizon, with fast payback periods ranging from one to three years on the Atlantic Trade and from less-than-one year to two years on the Pacific Trade.
These two routes were chosen based on trading scale, with approximately 3.2 million vehicles shipped on the Pacific Trade and 1.7 million on the Atlantic Trade every year. LNG proved to be the best investment across both trading zones. This higher investment return was achieved without including the significant additional benefits and branding value gained by choosing LNG as a marine fuel.
The study provides greater clarity for those investing in LNG and highlights seven key findings: LNG has a better return on investment, the CAPEX hurdle is diminishing, it delivers competitive energy costs, has higher environmental performance, and is the most financially effective long-term method for complying with the 2020 sulphur cap. It also underlines the fact that scrubber operation is significantly more expensive than widely reported, and that the cost of LNG is stable, SEA\LNG said.
The financial results are more compelling given that this higher traditional investment return was achieved by choosing LNG, the only commercially viable marine fuel alternative available at scale today which is successfully able to achieve corporate sustainability and environmental goals, the coalition said.
To ensure the best possible data was available to Opsiana, SEA\LNG members contributed their maritime expertise and current corporate information and data from across the LNG value chain, to guarantee a high level of creditability in the study and results. All cost data was accurate in accordance with the latest estimations from industry experts, derived from their experiences in operation.
While this study focuses specifically on the PCTC investment case for LNG within a specific trade route, the coalition continues to collaborate with third parties on further independent research which will analyse the investment case for a dry bulk vessel and a very large crude carrier (VLCC).