LNG can become the most used marine fuel by 2050, while hydrogen would not be able to compete with ammonia as a low-carbon alternative, an industry forum was told.

When asked whether it would be “crazy” to predict many vessels would be powered by hydrogen in the near future, DNV GL’s maritime chief executive Knut Orbeck-Nilssen said: “Nearly crazy.”

“This is like jumping way too far into the future. We still need to research.”

His remarks during the London International Shipping Week have come as hydrogen production is expected to increase in the coming years with more hydrogen vehicles hitting the road.