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The days of cargo ships burning heavy fuel oil are numbered, and almost all carriers are now investigating alternative types of fuel – particularly with the 2015 SOx regulations looming, which will see carriers switching to cleaner diesel fuels while in EU and US waters. One alternative is liquefied natural gas, with US carrier Totem Ocean Trailer Express the first to sign an order for two LNG-powered container ships to operate on its US-Puerto Rico trades.

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