In fact, the study goals to create a comprehensive guidance for the use of methanol as a marine fuel, reflecting the experience already gained in large and small methanol-fuelled marine engines, while develop a roadmap for the adoption of methanol as a marine fuel in China.

For the records, the initiative is supported by Methanex, the world’s largest methanol producer and distributor and Shanghai Huayi Energy Chemical Co., Ltd., one of the largest methanol producers and distributors in China.

Our experience to date has proven methanol as a safe, reliable, cost competitive and IMO 2020 compliant marine fuel and this study will provide an opportunity to decisively strengthen the offering of methanol as a widely available, future-proofed marine fuel in China.

China has a sharp focus on air quality and emissions control for the transportation industry on a national basis, we see potential opportunities for methanol to be used as an alternative fuel.

...said Guo Min, Deputy Chief Engineer and Manager of Development Department, Shanghai Huayi.

Concluding, China is the largest producer and consumer of methanol globally and it has been used safely in the country for many years, not only as a building block for the manufacturing of chemicals, but also as a clean fuel in industrial boilers, passenger vehicles and heavy duty trucks.