The Methanol Institute (MI) announced that Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (Norwegian) became its newest member.
orwegian has a combined fleet of 29 ships which offer itineraries to approximately 500 destinations worldwide and a pipeline of eight additional ships on order through 2027.
Norwegian has a climate action strategy with a commitment to pursue net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through reducing carbon intensity, investing in technology including exploring alternative fuels and implementing a voluntary carbon offset program.
It also recognizes that a key driver in achieving net zero is the development of alternative fuels along with the global infrastructure to support the creation, distribution, storage and usage of these fuels.
The company is now exploring avenues such as partnerships, including with the Methanol Institute, to achieve these targets and is committed to investing in research and development to improve its footprint and meet regulatory requirements.
The cruise segment is an important part of the global maritime industry, and MI looks forward to working with Norwegian as they explore the use of methanol as a key component of their climate action strategy
said MI CEO Gregory Dolan.
As for Robin Lindsay, Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations at Norwegian, he added that “in its participation, Norwegian will share key learnings from its feasibility assessment of retrofitting existing engines to operate with dual fuels – diesel and methanol.”
We are committed to doing our part to work with our strategic partners to collectively try to find a viable long-term solution to net zero