Proman Stena Bulk, a joint venture (JV) between global methanol producer Proman and Stena Bulk, confirmed that the first methanol-powered newbuild vessel under its partnership has been delivered and is preparing for commercial operation.
he methanol-powered 49,990 DWT Stena Pro Patria is the first of six state-of-the-art, IMOIIMeMAX dual-fuel mid-range (MR) tankers being built at Guangzhou Shipyard International Co Ltd (GSI) in China for Proman Stena Bulk and Proman. Two further vessels, Stena Pro Marine and Stena Promise, are also due for delivery later this year. Stena Pro Patria will leave GSI Shipyard to load methanol fuel in Ulsan, South Korea and will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago for her Naming Ceremony later this year.
Equipped with the latest generation MAN dual-fuel engines, the Stena Pro Patria will feature state-of-the-art energy efficiency technology, including continually controlled combustion, optimised tuning, redesigned and aerodynamic hull lines, and an energy shaft generator, reducing fuel consumption and helping to meet and go beyond IMO compliance criteria.
David Cassidy, Chief Executive of Proman, said:
The delivery of the Stena Pro Patria sends an important message to the market that methanol is a reliable and available marine fuel that can reduce global shipping emissions in the short, medium and long term
Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk commented:
It is only through collaboration and partnership that we can meet our climate goals.
Furthermore, Anita Gajadhar, MD of Proman Shipping, Marketing and Logistics added that this vessel delivery is the beginning of the low-emission methanol transition for their own vessels, and moving forward, for third-party shipping companies too.