A consortium led by Swedish Carbon Energy Company Liquid Wind will work on the Power-to-Fuel project, eyeing production of liquid, carbon neutral fuel from captured carbon dioxide (CCU) and green hydrogen (from renewable electricity).
Within the Green Maritime Methanol project a new milestone has been achieved, with the successful start of the engine test programme on 100% methanol. New tests are being planned and two important new partners have joined the consortium recently.
IMO has developed an ambitious target to achieve a minimum of 50% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. However, to keep in line with this target, shipping industry must trust alternative fuels, that will lead it into the decarbonized future.
Arklow Shipping and DEME are the newest to be added in the Green Maritime Methanol consortium, aiming to review the possibilities for renewable Methanol, to be used as a maritime transport fuel. The results and information that will be concluded from the work packages will be provided to a number of methanol-based ship designs, and their technical, economic and logistical feasibility will be evaluated.
A leading shipbroker remarked to a recent conference panel session that for more shipowners to commit to LNG as fuel required much more support from the energy majors whose cargoes they might carry. In fact, Mr Christopher D. Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer of the Methanol Institute states that the majors have already come out in support of LNG as fuel.
Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Group), the Japanese shipping company, has announced the delivery of a methanol carrier, Takaroa Sun, equipped with a two-stroke dual-fuel engine technology that enables the vessel to be powered by methanol.
Switzerland-based ship manager Proman Shipping and Swedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk announced a joint venture, collaborating to co-own two new vessels and promote methanol as a marine fuel.
Jon Anders Ryste, Senior Consultant, Environment Advisory, DNV GL presents a recent study, whose ambition is to assess the commercial and operational viability of alternative marine fuels. The study analyzed six fuels, having LNG as its base for comparison.
The Methanol Institute announced that it has welcomed the launch of two new dual-fueled tankers capable of operation using clean-burning Methanol. Namely, the 49,000dwt product tankers Mari Couva and Mari Kokako were named on August 16.
Marinvest, the Swedish ship-management company, announced that its ‘Mari Jone’ and ‘Mari Boyle’, two of the first vessels fueled by dual-fuel ME-LGI (Liquid Gas Injection Methanol) engines operating on methanol, have each passed 10,000 operating hours on the alternative fuel.
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