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Pioneering Ethane Conversion the Subject for RINA President's Lecture

Posted on Dec 11, 2018



The world’s first ethane fuel conversion was the subject of the ABS-supported Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) President’s Invitation Lecture in London.

Paul Flaherty, Director, Fleet & Technical Operations at Navigator Gas spoke about the pioneering work on the ABS classed Navigator Aurora, which was the world’s first conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on Ethane as a fuel. 


ABS Business Development Director David Davenport-Jones presents Paul Flaherty, Navigator Gas Director, with an award.

“The Navigator Aurora conversion was a maritime first and an ideal subject for the RINA audience,” said David Davenport-Jones, Director, ABS Europe. “It’s typical of how ABS is collaborating globally with innovative companies such as Navigator Gas to support the delivery of technologies that minimize the environmental impact of shipping and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We were proud to be able to support this event.”

Trevor Blakeley, RINA Chief Executive said: “The annual President’s Invitation Lecture is a major event in the Institution’s calendar, which aims to present important and topical maritime themes and issues by leading individuals in their sector of the maritime industry.  The subject of Paul Flaherty’s Lecture is significant, coming at a time when the industry is actively seeking to reduce its impact on the environment.  The Institution is grateful for the continuing support of ABS for the President’s Invitation Lecture which enables it to bring developments in important areas to the attention of the industry.”