Goa: Trials of Cheaper Energy Sources to Power Fishing Boats | Goa News

PANAJI: In an effort to make operations more economically viable for Goa’s fishing community, the National Fisheries Directorate is exploring alternative power sources that can be used onboard fishing vessels in place of diesel. Trials have been carried out to convert diesel-powered fishing boats to LPG-powered boats.
Another trial will take place to explore solar energy as a power source for fishing boats.
“Two trials have been carried out to gauge outboard motors after conversion to LPG, to see if the boats can handle the speed. We hope this will reduce fuel costs that anglers otherwise spend on diesel. It is now up to the fishermen to decide if they would be willing to switch to an alternative form of fuel,” said Director of Fisheries Shamila Monteiro.
The trials were conducted by the department in conjunction with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) last week and Thursday.
“HPCL has assured us that each fishing vessel will be able to operate on 2.5 kg of fuel per hour using LPG fueled engines. The tests turned out to be good. Many kits are available to use,” Monteiro said.
She added that solar power trials are also on the anvil.
“Due to climate change and rising fuel prices, we are looking for other cheaper and cleaner alternatives. Many such trials will therefore be undertaken,” added Monteiro.